"It's been slow lately," Customs and Border Patrol agent Robert Rodriguez said before he bites into his breakfast taco. "Eat while you can," his partner, Border Patrol agent Marcelino Medina adds. "It's kind of a hit or miss." An average shift for a Border Patrol agent is about 10 hours long, but many times pending duties can keep them there even longer. An agent can begin their shift at any hour of the day, and are subject to work any day of the year, "rain or snow," as they say. "