Border Patrol agents notified of furlough plans - Tucson News Now Border Patrol agents notified of furlough plans Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013 5:41 PM ESTUpdated: Friday, March 8, 2013 5:41 PM EST By Matt Mendes - email TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The local Border Patrol union confirms that thousands of Border Patrol agents may have to take time off without pay so the government can save money. More than 800 Border Patrol agents in Arizona have received furlough notices, meaning a mandatory leave of absence. The Border Patrol is the latest agency affected by government-wide spending cuts. The furloughs could result in delays at ports of entry and international arrivals at airports. It will also mean fewer Border Patrol officers on patrol. The government is hoping to cut spending by more than $750 million by the end of the fiscal year. The furloughs could go into effect by next month. Tucson News Now's Matt Mendes will have more on this story tonight on KOLD News 13. You can follow him on Twitter at @MattMendesTNN.