Border security, the local economy and financial means for border patrol agents and their families left our city’s leaders with questions that weren't being answered by politicians in Washington. Monday night, Customs and Border Protection said they have good news. "Thankfully right before I came into city council tonight, our new commissioner who took office today for the first time issued a statement saying that all furloughs and anything sequestration for all CBP members will be held in advance until further notice." That means the cutting of agents hours and forcing furlough days will be delayed from beginning later this month, so the same number of agents will still be protecting our border on a daily basis temporarily. "That was welcome news by all our employees." But how is this possible without Washington giving CBP any additional funding? In a statement released by Customs and Border Patrol today, they say "….Although the budget reductions imposed by sequestration are significant, the bill’s provisions allow CBP to mitigate to some degree the impacts of the reduced budget on operations and on CBP’s workforce. CBP continues to assess the exact impact the legislation will have on our operations and our workforce." U.S. Border Patrol Commander Robert L Harris said border security is one thing where budgets cannot be set back. "On issues of national security and public safety, there can be no compromise. So if there is any way we can take a look at some of the impacts of the budget situation and make sure our homeland is protected and our public safety is not compromised." Sequestration for CBP was originally scheduled to begin April 21.