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US-Mexico border helicopter patrol continues through shutdown

U.S. Office of Air and Marine (OAM) pilot Mark Martinez prepares to fly an AS-350 helicopter on patrol over the U.S.-Mexico border on October 1, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

US-Mexico border helicopter patrol continues through shutdown

U.S. Office of Air and Marine (OAM) helicopters support U.S. Border Patrol as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), personnel protecting border areas. While much of the Federal Government has closed down, personnel considered essential, such as border agents, remain working. (Getty Images)