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June 11, 2015                                                                                                Brenda Rangel 956.564.1527


Vela Statement on Blackhawk Helicopters Sent to South Texas


WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Filemon Vela, D- Brownsville, issued the following statement today regarding the deployment of two Blackhawk helicopters to the border region.


“Out of deference to Mexico's sovereignty, we have largely deferred to their government to effectively control violence in Matamoros and Tamaulipas. Those efforts have largely failed. When Mexican bullets are aimed across the river at United States law enforcement, that changes the game. We cannot stand for such activity, and I fully support Customs and Border Protection's decision to send Blackhawk helicopters to protect our men and women in the field. I hope it is enough.”


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