October 9, 2013
Border Patrol agents line up in formation on motorbikes in the Tucson sector. (Photo by Josh Denmark/courtesy CBP)
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The government shutdown is no shutdown for border patrol agents, whose law enforcement and life-saving duties do not take a hiatus - even though their pay might.While Congress acted quickly to ensure that military pay continues uninterrupted, the other "essential" federal workers who are still on the job - including more than 52,000 of the 59,000 Customs and Border Protection employees - will not be paid until the government reopens, whenever that may be.