A Port Angeles-based U.S. Border Patrol agent who made national headlines for refusing overtime pay is now back on the job, according to this story from the Peninsula Daily News, via AP.
Among other things, Border Patrol agent Christian Sanchez says officers in the Olympic Peninsula community were routinely expected to work paid overtime even though they had little or nothing to do. Here’s a report from the Washington Post.
Via this link, the PDN also provides the complete text of Sanchhez’s remarks to the Congressional Transparency Caucus in Washington, D.C. It’s worth a read. He says 40 employees now do the work that was once handled by four, and the staffing is still increasing.
Federal immigration enforcement has been making some waves on the peninsula for many months. While there are those who welcome the increased immigration enforcement, including highway checkpoints, there are also those who resent the intrusion and the occasional disruption of labor-intensive forestry work. That kind of work, like agricultural work, attracts a significant amount of illegal immigrant labor.