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Tucson Border Patrol agents return from Puerto Rico

Two dozen specially trained Border Patrol agents returned to Tucson on Tuesday after working in Puerto Rico as part of the federal government's response to Hurricane Maria. 

Members of the Mobile Response Team and Border Patrol Tactical Unit, or BORTAC, backed up local police and provided humanitarian assistance in four areas on the island, during their 26-day rotation, said a spokesman from the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector. 

Agents helped transport supplies on the island, where roads and communication systems were heavily damaged by the hurricane, he said. 

Following the trio of hurricanes that hit the U.S. coastline and ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Border Patrol agents and aircrews from the Office of Air and Marine in Tucson have gone to provide support, including flying supplies and rescuing people. 

In August, four Blackhawk helicopters and their crews, along with three agents with BORSTAR with training on swift water rescues, were sent to help with rescues in Houston following Hurricane Harvey. 

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People in Puerto Rico unload supplies from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter, on October 12, 2017.