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  • Abbott Wants Tougher Human Smuggling Law Play Video

    November 11, 2014 5:52 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Greg Abbott wants a tougher law on human smuggling. The governor-elect made his first trip out of Austin since Election Day traveling to Brownsville. He announced his plans to secure the border, which includes a new anti-smuggling law and the eventual draw-down of the National Guard... more »
  • Precinct 3 Constables on Alert despite Drop in Illegal Crossings Play Video

    November 3, 2014 6:36 PM

    MISSION - Hidalgo County Precinct 3 deputy constables say they keep working long hours despite the drop in illegal crossings. The deputies continue patrolling around the clock along the Rio Grande near Anzalduas Park. Thousands of illegal immigrants crossed into the United States through the Anzalduas Park area... more »
  • Militia Leader Awaits Release from Jail Play Video

    October 28, 2014 12:30 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A militia member arrested on weapons charges in Brownsville will not be released from jail until officials inspect his house in North Texas. Kevin Massey was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is set to be released on a $30,000 bond Thursday.... more »
  • FBI Investigates Voter Irregularities in Weslaco

    October 28, 2014 12:23 PM

    WESLACO - FBI agents launched a probe into possible voter fraud in Weslaco. The case revolves around a disabled man who said he was forced to vote for a specific candidate in the Weslaco city commission election. Rogelio Yrigoyen, 65, said two women knocked on his door at Alta Vista... more »
  • Feds Nab Militia Leader in Brownsville Play Video

    October 21, 2014 6:50 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Federal agents arrested the leader of a militia camped out on private land in Southmost Brownsville. ATF agents arrested Kevin Lyndel Massey after an investigation into the group. Massey is accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Massey is the third member of... more »
  • Suspected Cartel Leader Arrested in McAllen Play Video

    October 10, 2014 4:17 PM

    McALLEN - A suspected Gulf cartel boss arrested Thursday night in McAllen went before a federal judge Friday. Juan Francisco Saenz Tamez is wanted by federal authorities in Beaumont. A grand jury indicted him on drug trafficking and money laundering charges last year. Saenz was on the run... more »
  • Skeletal Remains Found near River in Brownsville Play Video

    October 9, 2014 6:53 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Authorities are working to identify some skeletal remains found near the Rio Grande. Border Patrol agents found the bones in a brushy field at approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday near the 1800 block of Milpe Verde Road. The bones were scattered throughout the area, officials said. ... more »
  • Welfare Check Leads to Immigration Bust

    October 8, 2014 7:54 AM

    ALAMO - A welfare check led to an illegal immigration bust. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said the agency was called about suspicious activity at an Alamo apartment complex around 9 p.m. Tuesday. Agents conducted a welfare check and found 11 illegal crossers. All are set to be processed.... more »
  • 2 Accused of Torturing Roma Resident Play Video

    October 7, 2014 6:36 PM

    ROMA - Two Starr County men have been arrested and charged with the torture of a Roma resident. CHANNEL 5 NEWS obtained a portion of the video showing the beating. Authorities said they are worried about threats one of the suspects made. Starr County District Attorney Omar Escobar... more »
  • Lawmaker Unveils Border Security Plan

    October 7, 2014 10:49 AM

    WESLACO - A new plan for securing the Texas-Mexico border could soon be considered by federal lawmakers. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released a plan called "Blueprint for Southern Border Security" . McCaul is the chairman for the Committee on Homeland Security in the U.S. House of Representatives. ... more »
  • 3 Killed in Reynosa Firefight Play Video

    September 30, 2014 4:22 PM

    REYNOSA - Three people were killed in a shootout Tuesday morning in Reynosa. The three gunmen died in a clash with Mexican authorities, officials said. The gun battle happened in a busy area of the border city. Mexican officials said the men were trying to escape from military... more »
  • Border Patrol Union Concerned about Body Cameras Play Video

    September 18, 2014 8:29 PM

    McALLEN - A new piece of equipment is causing concern among some Border Patrol agents. The agents soon will be outfitted with body cameras. The spokesman for the agent's union says he is concerned the cameras will be used more to reprimand agents on minor agency violations rather than... more »
  • Militia Threatens to Block Traffic at International Bridges Play Video

    September 11, 2014 7:41 PM

    McALLEN - Law enforcement officials and city leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley are preparing for what they say could result in tense moments or violence. Officials say they received word that members of a militia are threatening to block ports of entry. In Starr County, international... more »
  • Crisis on the Border: Top Educator Tours Valley Schools Play Video

    September 10, 2014 4:18 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - The crisis on the border is a reality in classrooms around the country. Many of the children who crossed the border in the Valley, are enrolled in northern states. Teachers in the northern United States say they don't know how to handle the surge.... more »
  • Mixed Reactions as National Guard Begins Patrols in La Joya Play Video

    September 3, 2014 7:55 PM

    LA JOYA - Residents in La Joya are taking notice of the Texas National Guard troops in the area. The troops' presence is drawing mixed reactions from residents. Some of the residents said they don't feel any more secure, despite the law enforcement surge in the region. "If... more »
  • Driver Finds Immigrants Hiding Atop His Truck Play Video

    September 2, 2014 8:03 PM

    EDINBURG - Two illegal immigrants stowed away in a big rig nearly cost the driver his job. Commercial drivers are required by law to check their trucks and cargo on a regular basis. Those in the Rio Grande Valley also must check for illegal immigrants. Crystal Luna said... more »
  • Militia Leader Defends Patrols Play Video

    September 2, 2014 7:31 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The leader of a militia spoke about an incident in which a Border Patrol agent opened fire on one of his members. The militia member involved in the incident was not injured. "We're private citizens, so we don't answer to the federal government," K.C. Massey said.... more »
  • Mexico police: accidental blast kills 1 on border

    August 31, 2014 11:29 PM

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Police in Piedras Negras say that an apparent accidental explosion in a customs building on Mexico's border with the U.S. has killed one woman and injured five other people. Felix Alberto Lopez Arenas is the director of operations for the local municipal police in the city... more »
  • Feds: Storms May Slow Down Illegal Crossings Play Video

    August 29, 2014 4:33 PM

    WESLACO - Rainy days could slow down illegal crossings in the Rio Grande Valley, Border Patrol officials said. Border Patrol agents said smugglers will stage immigrants south of the Rio Grande and wait for the area to dry up. Officials said muddy trails make it easier for agents... more »
  • Feds May Require Bonds before Releasing Immigrants Play Video

    August 28, 2014 10:59 PM

    WESLACO - Federal officials may start requiring illegal immigrant to post a bond before being released from Border Patrol custody. Federal officials admit releasing illegal crossers without making them pay bond has helped fuel the crisis on the border. The practice has been to simply issue a notice... more »
  • Woman Deported After DPS Stop Play Video

    August 27, 2014 10:53 PM

    McALLEN - A La Joya woman detained by state troopers and turned over to Border Patrol earlier this month was deported to Mexico. The family of Isabel Barbosa and members of the immigration rights group La Union Del Pueblo Entero, or LUPE, protested outside the McAllen Border Patrol headquarters... more »
  • Police Report Spike in Gang Activity Play Video

    August 26, 2014 10:59 PM

    PHARR - Police departments in the Rio Grande Valley are concerned about an increase in gang activity. The San Juan Police Department reported there is an increase in three specific gangs. The department's gang unit keeps tabs on local gang activity. Investigators said they've noticed a spike in the... more »
  • 2 Charged in Alamo Kidnapping Play Video

    August 26, 2014 9:37 PM

    ALAMO - A judge on Tuesday charged two suspects in a kidnapping case. Police say Rodrigo Montoya, 25, of Edinburg, and Osbaldo Molliendo Cruz, 37, forced a man into their car at the Alamo Flea Market Sunday night. The pair allegedly stole money from the victim's wallet. The... more »
  • Mission Police Question Persons of Interest in Home Invasion Play Video

    August 26, 2014 9:31 PM

    MISSION - Police are questioning three people in connection with a home invasion. The incident happened Tuesday afternoon in a neighborhood off Pecan Blvd. and Glasscock Road. Police said several men in ski masks entered the house through the back door. The assailants reportedly pulled handguns on an... more »
  • Memorial Stands at Site of Deadly Smuggling Crash Play Video

    August 26, 2014 8:20 PM

    PALMVIEW - A memorial serves as a reminder of a rollover that claimed the lives of nine illegal immigrants two years ago in Palmview. The deadly rollover ended in the parking lot of a day care center along eastbound Frontage Road between Abram and Goodwin roads. Teresa Cuellar... more »
  • Children who Cross Illegally Could Overload Donna ISD

    August 22, 2014 4:04 PM

    DONNA - The crisis on the border is now making its way into Rio Grande Valley classrooms. Donna ISD is expecting a wave of last-minute enrollments Monday, when classes are scheduled to start. About a dozen students will be children from Central America, who crossed the U.S. border illegally.... more »
  • Feds Issue Guidelines to Schools on Dealing with Young Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    August 21, 2014 9:31 PM

    WESLACO - The federal government handed down a new set of rules to Texas schools on how to deal with young illegal immigrants from Central America. The U.S. Department of Education put together fact sheets for schools across the country. The pages detail what services schools must make available... more »
  • Immigrant Shelter Seeks More Donations Play Video

    August 21, 2014 9:15 PM

    McALLEN - A decrease in the number of illegal crossers apprehended by Border Patrol will not put a stop to the humanitarian efforts at one local church. Leaders at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen say there is still a need to provide for those released from Border Patrol... more »
  • Immigrants Arrested After Chase in Las Milpas Play Video

    August 21, 2014 4:09 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested eight illegal immigrants after a chase that ended in Las Milpas, south of Pharr. The chase ended 4 miles south of Business 83 near Ciudad Mante and Val Verde roads. Authorities say the chase started at Sugar and Moore roads. Several immigrants bailed... more »
  • Brooks County Landowners Want Unified Front against Illegal Immigration Play Video

    August 20, 2014 8:05 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Brooks County remains a busy human-smuggling corridor despite the reported drop in illegal crossings, area ranchers said. The ranchers feel different groups along the border are sending mixed messages about the reality of the border crisis. Recent remarks by McAllen Chamber of Commerce officials forced a... more »
  • Violence Rages on in Reynosa Play Video

    August 20, 2014 7:57 PM

    HIDALGO - Violence continues in the Mexican border city of Reynosa. Reynosa officials confirmed a shooting happened Wednesday morning. The firefight spread panic among the residents, they said. Reynosa residents said gun battles have become commonplace in the city. Wednesday's shooting left one soldier dead, according to Tamaulipas... more »
  • Smuggler Uses Spikes During Chase Play Video

    August 20, 2014 7:41 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A human smuggler used spikes in an effort to flee from authorities Wednesday, officials said. The suspect threw the three-pronged spikes, also known as caltrops, out of his pickup truck during a high-speed chase, officials said. The spikes pose a serious threat to pursuing agents and... more »
  • Cuellar Concerned About Funding for Border Security Play Video

    August 19, 2014 7:42 PM

    WESLACO - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) says he is worried that the country will lose notice of the immigration crisis impacting South Texas. Securing the border, the congressman said, will be very costly. "People want border security, but we have to keep in mind that border security... more »
  • Field Yields $10 Million Worth of Marijuana Play Video

    August 19, 2014 4:20 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - A marijuana field discovered near Lasara yielded more than 9,000 pounds of the drug with an estimated street value of $10 million, officials said. Homeland Security investigators and Border Patrol agents spent two days handpicking the plants from the property near FM 490. Immigration and Customs... more »
  • Feds Report Fewer Illegal Crossings in the Valley Play Video

    August 18, 2014 4:26 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol officials say they have seen a decrease in the number of illegal crossings in the Rio Grande Valley. The agency still will send more agents to the region. Officials said they also are working with the National Guard to increase patrols in the area. ... more »
  • First National Guard Troops Arrive in the Valley

    August 14, 2014 9:32 PM

    HIDALGO (AP) - The first wave of National Guard troops has taken up observation posts along the Texas-Mexico border. Several dozen soldiers deployed in the Rio Grande Valley are part of the up to 1,000 troops called up by Gov. Rick Perry last month, Texas National Guard Master Sgt. Ken... more »
  • Missionary Nearly Kidnapped in Reynosa Play Video

    August 14, 2014 7:34 PM

    WESLACO - A Rio Grande Valley missionary said he nearly became a kidnapping victim in Reynosa. The missionary said he was traveling in a taxi from the Reynosa airport to Hidalgo when a man on the street stopped them. "A guy whistled and stopped the cab," the missionary... more »
  • Family Fearful After Aggravated Robbery Play Video

    August 13, 2014 7:59 PM

    HARLINGEN - One of two suspects charged in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent has been implicated in three aggravated robberies in Cameron County. Gustavo Tijerina and Ismael Hernandez, both illegal immigrants, are being held on capital murder charges in the death of Border Patrol Agent Javier... more »
  • Weslaco and Donna At Odds Over Annexation

    August 13, 2014 4:34 PM

    WESLACO - A border war is taking place in the Mid-Valley. Weslaco and Donna are at odds over two miles of FM 493. Weslaco is claiming the land. So is Donna. The two miles in question includes FM 493 between Mile 12 and Mile 14 Roads. ... more »
  • Brownsville Man Accused of Ordering Dogs to Attack Agent Play Video

    August 11, 2014 7:30 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A Southmost resident was charged with trying to hurt a Border Patrol agent after he sent his dogs out to attack the lawman. Luis Enrique Garcia, 22, was charged with aggravated assault on a public servant. The agent called police to the 1200 block of Calle Milpe... more »
  • Residents Protest Border Convoy Press Conference Play Video

    August 8, 2014 1:03 PM

    MCALLEN - Residents protested a press conference held by a group called the "Border Convoy." The press conference took place outside the McAllen bus station Friday morning. The group is based in Murrieta, California and known for aggressive protests. Representatives said they are in the Rio Grande Valley to... more »
  • Hundreds of Pounds of Marijuana Seized in Los Ebanos Play Video

    August 7, 2014 12:45 PM

    LOS EBANOS - Texas Department of Public Safety troopers confiscated 354 pounds of marijuana after a chase Wednesday in Los Ebanos. The chase happened on Heriberto Garza Street. DPS Sgt. Johnny Hernandez said the driver tried to flee to Mexico, but one of the agency's tactical marine units arrested... more »
  • Murder Suspect Deported Multiple Times Play Video

    August 6, 2014 6:23 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - One of the men who confessed to killing an off-duty Border Patrol agent had been deported numerous times. Court records show Gustavo Tijernia Sandoval entered the United States illegally at least five times before Sunday's murder. Records show he illegally crossed into the U.S. in... more »
  • Murder Suspect Confesses to Robberies in Cameron County Play Video

    August 6, 2014 6:15 PM

    OLMITO - Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio says a man charged in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent is wanted for other crimes in his county. Lucio said Gustavo Tijerina, 30, confessed to committing at least three armed robberies in his county. Tijerina and alleged accomplice... more »
  • Suspects Charged in Agent's Murder Play Video

    August 5, 2014 4:13 PM

    RAYMONDVILLE - Two suspects arrested in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent were arraigned this afternoon in Willacy County. Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said both men seemed subdued and shocked when they learned the charges against them. Gustavo Tijerina and Ismeal Hernandez Vallejo are charged... more »
  • Apartment Owners Prepare for Arrival of National Guard Play Video

    August 4, 2014 7:50 PM

    McALLEN - Apartment owners and operators are preparing for the arrival of the National Guard. The troop surge in the Rio Grande Valley could be a boon for apartment owners. It also could mean fewer places for locals to rent. Silvia Medina, of Medina Metro Realty, owns multiple... more »
  • Sheriff: Suspects Confessed to Killing Off-Duty Agent Play Video

    August 4, 2014 7:25 PM

    RAYMONDVILLE - Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence is working with Cameron County investigators to determine if two men accused in the murder of an off-duty federal agent are linked to other crimes. Authorities charged the two Mexican nationals in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. ... more »
  • National Guard to be Made up of Volunteer Soldiers Play Video

    August 1, 2014 11:24 PM

    WESLACO - Texas Army National Guard Troops can volunteer to be included in border initiative. Texas Governor Rick Perry has ordered 1,000 National Guard Troops to the U.S. - Mexico Border to help with the flow of illegal crossers coming into Texas. Lieutenant Colonel Clarence Henderson of the... more »
  • Game Wardens on Alert for Possible Spike in Crime on Falcon Lake Play Video

    August 1, 2014 6:20 PM

    FALCON LAKE - The surge of state troopers, Border Patrol and National Guard into the Rio Grande Valley has law enforcement in Zapata County preparing for a possible uptick in illegal activity. The question is whether coyotes and smugglers will use Falcon Lake to escape the surge in law... more »
  • La Posada Offers Help to Recent Immigrants Play Video

    August 1, 2014 4:58 PM

    SAN BENITO - Operators of a Cameron County shelter say they need to expand in order to meet the growing demand as illegal immigrants cross the border. La Posada Providencia is a long-term shelter. Their resources are being stretched to meet the demands of mothers and children coming every... more »
  • Congress Postpones Vote on Border Relief Play Video

    July 31, 2014 4:20 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House of Representatives is postponing a vote on legislation to address the crisis on the border. Members have one day left to hammer out a deal before Congress leaves for a five week summer break. Many lawmakers, and Texas Governor Rick Perry are sounding... more »
  • Researchers Find Trend in People Crossing Border Illegally Play Video

    July 30, 2014 11:29 PM

    EDINBURG - Researchers are beginning to take a closer look at children who entered the U.S. without their parents. The Pew Research Center used the Freedom of Information Act to get a detailed description of the tens of thousands of children who have crossed illegally into the country. The... more »
  • Security Improves at Non-24-Hour International Bridges Play Video

    July 30, 2014 10:41 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Smugglers are taking advantage of the cover of night and lax security along the border to move drugs and immigrants north of the Rio Grande. CHANNEL 5 NEWS exposed a weakness at border crossings two years ago. The Los Indios and the Donna international bridges closed... more »
  • Smuggling Impacts Real Estate Along the River Play Video

    July 30, 2014 7:50 PM

    MISSION - Property along the Rio Grande is becoming difficult to sell. One real estate broker said the problem is getting worse. One 450-acre property has been on the market for more than two years. The area, he said, is prime farming land. "The crops here get plenty... more »
  • Military Task Force Returns to the Valley Play Video

    July 30, 2014 7:08 PM

    WESLACO - Military troops are in the Rio Grande Valley to help patrol the areas between the ports of entry. The little-know operation has been going on for years. The Marines and Navy sailors, active and reservists, get part of their military training along the border. "We have... more »
  • Woman sues Border Patrol Agent Accused of Assault

    July 30, 2014 5:08 PM

    McALLEN (AP) - A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a Border Patrol agent guarding her at a South Texas hospital has filed a federal lawsuit against him, alleging he violated her constitutional rights. The woman had crossed from Mexico into the U.S. without legal permission in April... more »
  • Body Pulled from the Rio Grande Play Video

    July 30, 2014 1:02 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Texas Department of Public Safety troopers discovered the body of a man in the Rio Grande near Penitas. Troopers found the body at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday. The man was in his 20s. Sheriff's deputies say an autopsy was ordered to determine the cause of death. ... more »
  • Church Worker Wants Better Treatment for Immigrants Play Video

    July 29, 2014 7:36 PM

    McALLEN - An employee at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen is upset with the way some people view and treat illegal immigrants. Retired Attorney Ofelia de los Santos helps out at the church where the immigrants are being cared for before their journey north. De los Santos... more »
  • Body Recovered From Pond in Penitas Play Video

    July 29, 2014 4:10 PM

    PENITAS - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies had to use a backhoe to recover a woman's body from a pond. Officials said the woman was in her mid to late 20s. The body was found about a quarter mile south of Military Highway near Chihuahua Road in Penitas. Investigators... more »
  • Expert: Border Crisis Blown out of Proportion Play Video

    July 28, 2014 8:10 PM

    WESLACO - An expert on border security says the threat along the U.S.-Mexican divide is being exaggerated. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector are apprehending more people crossing into the country illegally than ever before. Still, the overall apprehensions across the entire southern border are down... more »
  • Chinese Immigrants Detained in Hidalgo County Play Video

    July 28, 2014 7:49 PM

    McALLEN - The surge of Central Americans crossing the border illegally appears to be slowing down. Now, there could be a rush of people from other countries. A CHANNEL 5 NEWS met a group of immigrants from China during a ride-along with Border Patrol agents. The agents said people... more »
  • Border Patrol Assigns More Agents to the Valley Play Video

    July 28, 2014 7:40 PM

    WESLACO - The Border Patrol has assigned 150 more agents to the Rio Grande Valley. Border Patrol officials say the agents are experienced, well-trained and equipped with the right skill-set. Officials did not say how long the agents will be in the Valley. more »
  • Militia Member Speaks About Group's Mission Play Video

    July 28, 2014 7:27 PM

    McALLEN - A member of the South Texas Minuteman Civil Defense Corps says her group seeks to help authorities by observing and reporting what happens along the Rio Grande. Olivia Garza is one of approximately 80 members the group has from Corpus Christi to La Joya. Garza, a... more »
  • National Guard Will Have Authority to Make Arrests Play Video

    July 28, 2014 5:22 PM

    WESLACO - National Guard troops will have the authority to make arrests once they are deployed to the Rio Grande Valley. Gov. Rick Perry announced last week he was sending up to 1,000 troops to help secure the border. CHANNEL 5 NEWS on Monday asked the Texas military... more »
  • Mexican Railway Company Seeks To Reduce Number of Stowaways Play Video

    July 25, 2014 7:11 PM

    WESLACO - The Mexican train used by countless Central Americans to reach the United States-Mexico border will increase its speed to reduce the number of stowaways. The cargo train, called La Bestia (the beast), typically travels at 6 miles per hour in areas where the Central Americans climb aboard.... more »
  • Rio Grande City Police See a Decline in Illegal Border Crossings Play Video

    July 25, 2014 5:11 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Rio Grande City police officers are noticing a decline in the number of families crossing the border illegally. The agency says they are seeing men crossing more often than families. Police, however, are staying busy. RGC police stepped up to help U.S. Border... more »
  • Honduran Journalist Sheds Light into Migration Crisis Play Video

    July 24, 2014 7:48 PM

    WESLACO - A journalist in Honduras shed more light into the migration crisis impacting her nation. Marilyn Mendez, with La Prensa of Honduras, said the United States doesn't fully understand what is happening in Central America. Mendez said the much-vaunted U.S. government campaign to dissuade people from migrating... more »
  • Committee to Discuss Human Smuggling Play Video

    July 24, 2014 12:53 PM

    McALLEN - State health and law enforcement officials are in the Rio Grande Valley to speak about human trafficking before a panel of state lawmakers. Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission will speak to the Joint Interim... more »
  • Nuevo Progreso Residents Deny Reports of Violence Play Video

    July 23, 2014 7:33 PM

    NUEVO PROGRESO - At least 10 people died Tuesday night in shootouts in and around Nuevo Progreso. The firefights started in Rio Bravo and spread to Nuevo Progreso and the highway connecting Reynosa and Matamoros. On Wednesday, Nuevo Progreso residents denied there was ever a firefight in the... more »
  • 10 Dead After Shootouts in Nuevo Progreso Play Video

    July 23, 2014 12:38 PM

    NUEVO PROGRESO - At least 10 people were killed in two clashes between criminal groups and federal officers in Rio Bravo and Nuevo Progreso. "El Universal" news agency reported that the first firefight happened after a chase in Rio Bravo. The gun battle spilled over to Nuevo Progreso. ... more »
  • Jim Hogg County Residents Speak Out about Illegal Immigration Play Video

    July 21, 2014 10:58 PM

    HEBBRONVILLE - Residents in Jim Hogg County are dealing with their share of the crisis on the border. Two highways lead north from the border toward the county seat in Hebbronville. Traveling north on FM 649, there is no sign of any effort at border security. The ranch... more »
  • Brownsville Man Wants National Guard on His Land Play Video

    July 21, 2014 10:54 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A Brownsville man says he is anxious for the arrival of National Guards troops. Rusty Monsees said he hopes some of the troops will be deployed near his land along the Rio Grande. Gov. Rick Perry on Monday ordered the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops... more »
  • Border Expert: National Guard Provides False Sense of Security Play Video

    July 21, 2014 7:37 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A University of Texas at Brownsville border security expert says deploying National Guard troops to the region may not have the impact many are expecting. Gov. Rick Perry on Monday ordered the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. Guadalupe Correa Cabrera said the... more »
  • Rio Grande City Mayor Welcomes National Guard Deployment Play Video

    July 21, 2014 7:28 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Mayor Ruben Villarreal welcomed the governor's decision to deploy the National Guard to the border. The Rio Grande City mayor said the recent surge in illegal immigration is draining law enforcement resources in his city. Villarreal said police often are tied up waiting for... more »
  • Report Debunks Explanation behind Mass Exodus from Central America Play Video

    July 21, 2014 7:23 PM

    WESLACO - A new intelligence report reveals more information about the recent wave of immigrants crossing illegally into the United States. The report also sheds some light into the possible motive behind the illegal crossings. Officials have said illegal immigrants from Central America are crossing the border to... more »
  • Perry Sending National Guard to Border Play Video

    July 21, 2014 10:09 AM

    AUSTIN (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that some state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally. Perry, a vocal critic of... more »
  • Veteran: Immigration Crisis Overshadows VA Problems Play Video

    July 18, 2014 8:18 PM

    McALLEN - A veteran says the immigration crisis impacting the Rio Grande Valley is overshadowing problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Juan Garcia served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He is one of the countless veterans who continue struggling with the VA for medical care.... more »
  • Immigrants Use Pipeline Path to Circumvent Checkpoint Play Video

    July 18, 2014 8:13 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY - A natural gas pipeline has become a back road around a Border Patrol checkpoint near Falfurrias. The construction for the pipeline cut a path along the rugged South Texas brush. Brooks County ranchers say illegal immigrants now are using that path. The region still posses... more »
  • Sheriffs Visit Falfurrias to Learn About Immigration Surge Play Video

    July 18, 2014 8:07 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Sheriffs from throughout the nation gathered in Brooks County to learn more about the immigration crisis affecting South Texas. The sheriffs said the surge in immigration represents a threat to their communities. Brooks County Rancher Dr. Mike Vickers and his wife Linda gave the lawmen a... more »
  • Landowners Apprehensive About Militia's Presence in the Valley Play Video

    July 18, 2014 7:51 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Some landowners say they will not welcome a civilian militia onto their lands. The landowners said the Minutemen militia will bring only problems to the region. State law enforcement officials confirmed the presence of the militia in the region. The group was initially trying... more »
  • Militia Seeks to Set Up Camp in Hidalgo County Play Video

    July 18, 2014 4:23 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - State law enforcement officials confirmed the presence of a civilian militia in the Rio Grande Valley. The group, however, has not made contact with any law enforcement group. The group, known as the Minutemen, was initially trying to set up camp earlier this week near... more »
  • New Immigrant Facility to Open in McAllen Play Video

    July 17, 2014 5:38 PM

    McALLEN - A new immigrant processing facility is set to open Friday in McAllen. The facility is at the intersection of Ware Road and Ursula Avenue and will cater to unaccompanied minors. Starting Friday, the Border Patrol will be able to handle up to 1,000 unaccompanied minors inside... more »
  • Immigrants Diagnosed with Chicken Pox in McAllen Play Video

    July 15, 2014 7:57 PM

    McALLEN - Eight illegal immigrants being housed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church were diagnosed with chicken pox. Officials said the immigrants are in remission. Several other immigrants were diagnosed with scabies and lice. more »
  • Body Found in Hidalgo

    July 15, 2014 12:57 PM

    HIDALGO - Border Patrol agents found the body of a man on federal land near 15th and Tejano streets in Hidalgo. Agents said the man likely was in his early 20s. The body was badly decomposed. Authorities said the body was fully clothed. Hidalgo County Interim Sheriff Jose... more »
  • Police: Smugglers Resorting to Desperate Escape Tactics Play Video

    July 14, 2014 8:39 PM

    WESLACO - The increase in patrols along the border may be driving criminals to resort to dangerous getaway tactics, police said. The San Juan Police Department is on alert after a driver used spikes against Border Patrol agents. Area law enforcement agencies found out about the spikes incident... more »
  • Palm Aire Employees React to Hotel Sale Play Video

    July 14, 2014 7:46 PM

    WESLACO - Employees of a hotel may soon be out of a job as the business transitions into a center for young illegal immigrants. BCFS Health and Human Services bought the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites after securing a multi-million federal contract to house young illegal immigrants. "I'm... more »
  • Hotel to Undergo Transformation into Immigrant Center Play Video

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    WESLACO - A center for unaccompanied minors set to open in Weslaco later this year will be the first of its kind in the nation, officials with a network of non-profits said. BCFS Health and Human Services secured a multi-million federal contract to house young illegal immigrants at the... more »
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    July 14, 2014 7:26 PM

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    July 13, 2014 10:14 AM

    SAN JOSE LAS FLORES, GUATEMALA - Family members are remembering a fifteen-year-old Guatemalan boy whose death became a symbol of the perils facing children who cross into the United States illegally. A funeral service was held Saturday for Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, 15, in his home. His grey casket... more »
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    July 12, 2014 8:23 PM

    EDINBURG - Congressman Ruben Hinojosa visited the Rio Grande Valley today concerning the unaccompanied minors situation along the border. During a press conference he said many of the people fLeeing to our southern border are doing so out of fear and desperation due to the threat of violence in... more »
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    July 11, 2014 2:47 PM

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