Press Release

Rep. Henry Cuellar Issues Statement on Deployment of Two UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters to South Texas

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) issues the following statement in response to U.S. Customs and Border Protection sending two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to South Texas following a shooting involving a CBP helicopter on patrol in Laredo on June 5:

CBP plans to send two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to south Texas in the wake of last Friday’s helicopter shooting incident. The Blackhawk is armored against small arms fire of the sort used in the recent incident, carries a larger crew than the EC120 helicopter currently used in the area, and is well suited for operating in a higher threat environment. The move is expected to occur this week; CBP continuously reviews the conditions of the border environment and deploys its resources accordingly. I support the men and women of CBP as they protect our Southern border.”