McALLEN, Texas (AP) - U.S. Border Patrol trainees in New Mexico are heading home because their training center has been shut down because of the budget fight in Washington.
That means the Rio Grande Valley sector of the border, which saw an increase in arrests in the last fiscal year, will be waiting longer for the reinforcements it was expecting. How much longer depends on the duration of the federal government shutdown.
Shawn Moran, vice president of a Border Patrol labor union, said the agents in the Rio Grande area need the help but now there will be no reinforcements to send.
The full impact of a delay in additional agents was not immediately clear because Border Patrol's spokespeople were unavailable to comment due to the shutdown.
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