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  • 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

    July 14, 2014 7:38 PM

    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 »
  • UN: Humanitarian Crisis a Multi-National Problem Play Video

    July 14, 2014 7:26 PM

    WESLACO - The United States is not the only nation facing an influx of unaccompanied children, United Nations officials said. CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to the UN to learn more about the migration phenomenon. The UN is tracking the increase in young children leaving their home countries... more »
  • Guatemalan Immigrant Buried in Hometown Play Video

    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 »
  • Rep Hinojosa Visits Valley to Assess Recent Surge in Illegal Immigration

    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 »
  • Crisis on the Border Traced to Central America Play Video

    July 11, 2014 2:47 PM

    CENTRAL AMERICA - The crisis on the border can be traced to violence in Central America. A majority of the 52,000 unaccompanied children crossing into the U.S. come from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Many gang members of California street gangs were deported to these countries as the... more »
  • Obama Administration Pressures Congressman over Immigration Comments Play Video

    July 11, 2014 12:44 PM

    WESLACO - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) says he's feeling pressure from the White House to tone down his rhetoric on the Rio Grande Valley's border crisis. Cuellar has been one of the most vocal congressmen to discuss the immigration issues in the Valley. Cuellar said he personally... more »
  • The Breaking Point Play Video

    July 10, 2014 4:22 PM

    LA JOYA - Those who knew Jose del Angel say he was a man who feared nothing. They say that fearlessness, though, never turned into recklessness. "He was very serious," J.J. Garza said. Garza was a lifelong friend of the former La Joya police chief. "He was... more »
  • CBP Arrests Woman with Cocaine Worth $1.8 Hidden in Car

    July 10, 2014 1:32 PM

    HIDALGO - A woman is under arrest after Customs and Border Protection officer caught her with more than $1.8 million worth of cocaine hidden in car. It happened Wednesday afternoon at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. The 42-year-old woman presented her Mexican border-crossing card at the bridge. She was... more »
  • Obama Delivers Speech in Austin Play Video

    July 10, 2014 12:39 PM

    AUSTIN - President Obama delivered a speech this morning in Austin during the final event of his two-day trip to Texas. The trip did not include a visit to the Rio Grande Valley, where an immigration and humanitarian crisis is unfolding. Obama arrived in Austin Wednesday night for... more »
  • Massachusetts Sheriff Says Immigration Surge is Impacting his County Play Video

    July 9, 2014 10:45 PM

    WESLACO - A sheriff in a county more than 1,500 miles from the Rio Grande Valley says his state and other states are becoming surrogate border states. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said he and other sheriffs from across the country plan to visit South Texas next week to... more »
  • Volunteer Helps Immigrant in Distress Play Video

    July 9, 2014 10:39 PM

    McALLEN - A volunteer at Sacred Heart Catholic Church stepped up to help one illegal immigrant woman who had just given birth. Monica Freeman said she will not forget the moment when the woman from Honduras walked in Wednesday with the newborn. "He wasn't my baby, but it's... more »
  • Hidalgo County Judge Defends President's Decision Not to Visit the Valley Play Video

    July 9, 2014 7:42 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County judge says it is not necessary for President Obama to visit the Rio Grande Valley to witness the current immigration crisis. Judge Ramon Garcia said the president is working to get additional resources to deal with the issue. "He requested $2 billion from... more »
  • Obama heads to Texas with no plans to visit RGV Play Video

    July 9, 2014 7:39 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly becoming a political liability for President Barack Obama, giving Republicans a fresh opportunity to question his administration's competence and complicating the debate over the nation's fractured immigration laws. Still, Obama is resisting calls to visit the border during... more »
  • Militia Intent on Patrolling the Border Play Video

    July 8, 2014 10:45 PM

    VON ORMY - Members of a militia say they are preparing a military style operation to help secure the Texas border with Mexico. The group is organizing in Van Ormy, just south of San Antonio. The militia's commander, Chris Davis, spoke with CHANNEL 5 NEWS. "We are... more »
  • Official: Immigration Surge a Windfall for Smugglers Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:36 PM

    WESLACO - The surge in illegal immigration in South Texas is resulting in big profits for smugglers. Illegal immigrants pay thousands of dollars to get from their homeland to the U.S.-Mexico border. Once they get to the Rio Grande, they're finding out that their costly journey is not always... more »
  • Testy Exchange Between Perry, Obama over Immigration Crisis Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:29 PM

    WESLACO - A testy exchange of letters happened Tuesday between Gov. Rick Perry and President Obama over the surge of illegal immigration in South Texas. The president visited Austin for a political fund-raising event. He agreed to meet with Perry in Dallas to discuss the immigration crisis. Perry wants... more »
  • Militia Sets Up Command Center South of San Antonio Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:16 PM

    VON ORMY - A militia is gathering south of San Antonio to prepare for what they say is a mission to secure the border. A leader with the group said they will deploy to Laredo first and spread from there to other parts of the border. The group set... more »
  • President Requests More Funds for Immigration Crisis Play Video

    July 8, 2014 5:30 PM

    WESLACO - President Obama is nearly doubling the amount of money he's requesting from Congress to help in the humanitarian crisis caused by the surge in illegal immigration. The request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding comes as the president travels to Texas on a fund-raising trip. Obama agreed... more »
  • Laredo Mayor: No Taxpayer Money to Help Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    July 7, 2014 10:33 PM

    LAREDO - City leaders in Laredo say they will not use taxpayer money to help illegal immigrants released from Border Patrol custody. Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas said the city has to look out for its own citizens. Laredo's position runs counter to those of cities like McAllen, which... more »
  • Immigration Surge Draining Police Department's Budget Play Video

    July 7, 2014 7:45 PM

    SAN JUAN - Police officials with the city of San Juan want lawmakers to see firsthand how the immigration surge is impacting their budget. Sgt. Rolando Garcia said the massive numbers of illegal immigrants from Central America trekking through the city are draining the department's budget. Garcia said... more »
  • Hearings Shed Light on DPS Surge Along the Border Play Video

    July 7, 2014 7:18 PM

    WESLACO - The state of Texas is conducting one of the most robust security operations to shut down Mexican drug cartels along the border, officials said. The Texas Department of Public Safety has a $1.3-million-a-week budget specifically for that purpose, state leaders said. Hours of congressional testimony shed... more »
  • Agents Find Illegal Immigrants in Trailer Play Video

    July 3, 2014 12:37 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY - Border Patrol agents at the Falfurrias checkpoint found 15 illegal immigrants inside an 18-wheeler early Thursday. A dog alerted agents to the immigrants during an inspection. Eleven of the immigrants were hiding between pallets of carrots. Four more were hidden in the sleeper cab. Agents... more »
  • Officials Gather in McAllen for Immigration Hearing Play Video

    July 3, 2014 7:23 AM

    MCALLEN - Today state and federal officials are coming together for a hearing on immigration. The hearing is being held in McAllen by the House Committee for Homeland Security. U.S. representatives will address the growing humanitarian crisis as thousands continue to cross our border each day illegally. The hearing... more »
  • Mexico Applauds Decision by Court of Appeals

    July 2, 2014 11:12 PM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - The Mexican government issued a statement saying it acknowledges the progress made on the case of a teenager who died after being shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent while he stood on Mexican soil. Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca was shot in June, 2010. The... more »
  • DPS Director Offers Details About Border Security Plan Play Video

    July 2, 2014 7:55 PM

    WESLACO - The Texas Department of Public Safety will use millions of dollars to cover the cost of providing extra patrols along the border, the agency's director said. DPS Director Steve McCraw provided more information on the border security surge during a state Homeland Security Committee hearing in Austin.... more »
  • Dallas County Officials Prepare to House Young Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    July 2, 2014 7:47 PM

    McALLEN - Dallas area officials are preparing to help house young illegal immigrants. Dallas County officials toured one Rio Grande Valley detention center to get a look at conditions at the site. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said they are scouting multiple locations where they will be able... more »
  • Federal Government Warns Illegal Immigrants About Crossing the Border Play Video

    July 2, 2014 4:55 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - The federal government taking to the airwaves hoping to slow down the increase in illegal immigrants. Customs and Border Protection is now releasing radio and TV spots warning people about the dangers of crossing into the U.S. CHANNEL 5 NEWS has a copy of... more »
  • Smugglers Threaten Landowners in Cameron County Play Video

    July 1, 2014 8:07 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Ranchers along the Rio Grande say immigrant smugglers threaten them constantly. One Cameron County rancher said smugglers ordered him to look the other way or face the consequences. The landowner said smugglers are using trails on his property to bring illegal immigrants into the country. ... more »
  • Border Patrol Agents Worry About Contagious Diseases Play Video

    July 1, 2014 7:48 PM

    WESLACO - The spread of scabies, chicken pox and other diseases within Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol facilities may be getting out of control, a leader with the agents' union said. National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 Vice President Christopher Cabrera said the federal government is not serious about... more »
  • DPS Officials to Testify about Border Surge Operation Play Video

    July 1, 2014 8:37 AM

    AUSTIN - Beefed up state patrols along the Texas-Mexico border are back in the spotlight. Two weeks ago, Governor Rick Perry authorized an additional $1.3 million a week for a border surge operation, which would increase state patrols along the border. Texas Department of Public Safety officials will testify... more »
  • Illegal Immigrant on Edge as DPS Patrols Increase Play Video

    June 30, 2014 8:00 PM

    HARLINGEN - An illegal immigrant fears the increased presence of Texas Department of Public Safety troopers in the Rio Grande Valley may cost him his livelihood. The man said he also fears for his family's wellbeing. "I crossed for the first time in 2000 and (again) in 2003,"... more »
  • Overcrowding Blamed for Attacks at Border Patrol Facilities

    June 30, 2014 7:08 PM

    WESLACO - Overcrowding at Border Patrol holding facilities may be contributing to sexual assaults, an agents' union representative said. National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 Vice President Chris Cabrera expects conditions to worsen as the overcrowding continues. "When you over crowd it, you invite situations like this," Cabrera... more »
  • DHS Secretary Seeks to Dissuade Parents from Sending Children to the U.S. Play Video

    June 30, 2014 5:27 PM

    McALLEN - The Department of Homeland Security secretary on Monday said young illegal immigrants will not be allowed to stay in the country. Secretary Jeh Johnson made the statement during a visit to the Rio Grande Valley. He toured a Border Patrol holding facility in McAllen. Monday's visit... more »
  • Abbott: More Immigrants Surrendering to Border Patrol Play Video

    June 27, 2014 10:17 PM

    McALLEN - The number of illegal immigrants surrendering to Border Patrol has hit an all-time high, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said. Abbott said the state will spend millions in an effort to secure the Rio Grande Valley. The AG said the federal government will ultimately be responsible for... more »
  • Expert: Asylum Petition Outcomes Vary Widely Play Video

    June 27, 2014 7:41 PM

    McALLEN - The outcome of an asylum request varies widely all across the country, legal experts said. An immigrant's chances of being granted asylum depend on the section of the country where the immigration court is located. Even the specific courtroom can have an impact on the outcome. ... more »
  • Border Patrol Agents Try to Dissuade Central Americans from Migrating Play Video

    June 27, 2014 7:31 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol agents say drug cartels are taking advantage of the recent surge of unaccompanied minors into the United States. The cartels' reach extends the length of the border between Mexico and the United States. A news crew for an Arizona television station recently toured the... more »
  • Border Patrol Chief Thanks Hidalgo County Leaders, Civic Organizations Play Video

    June 27, 2014 5:08 PM

    McALLEN - The Border Patrol sector chief for the Rio Grande Valley issued a letter thanking city of McAllen and Hidalgo County leaders for their help with the ongoing immigration crisis. Kevin Oaks also thanked non-government and faith-based organizations for providing care for the thousands of illegal immigrants from... more »
  • Businesses Benefit from Surge in Law Enforcement Play Video

    June 26, 2014 7:49 PM

    McALLEN - The increase in the number of federal and state law enforcers in the region is turning into extra profits for local businesses. The troopers and agents are bringing extra profits for restaurants, hotels and even dry cleaners. Felipe Avila said his cleaners are getting more Border... more »
  • Valley Families Notice Big Changes at Anzalduas Park

    June 25, 2014 5:21 PM

    MISSION - Department of Public Safety Troopers are changing Anzalduas park in Mission into a border security stronghold. Folks at the park say their getaway, has been taken away. Families come Anzalduas park to enjoy the peace and quiet. They barbecue, fish and relax throughout the park.... more »
  • Evidence Illegal Immigrants Are Being Coached Before Crossing the Border

    June 25, 2014 2:56 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Evidence obtained by CHANNEL 5 NEWS shows immigrants are being told how to answer questions from Border Patrol when they cross the river. A Border Patrol agent in the Rio Grande Valley sent CHANNEL 5 NEWS a picture of a piece of paper found on... more »
  • Store Owner Vows to Go On Despite Multiple Robberies Play Video

    June 24, 2014 7:57 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A drive-through store owner said she will not let criminals intimidate her. Two robbers held up the Border Drive-Thru Saturday night. It was the third robbery at the store in two years. The most recent crime happened in just 50 seconds. Border Drive-Thru Owner Melissa... more »
  • 2 Arrested After Chase in Mission Play Video

    June 24, 2014 6:13 PM

    MISSION - A driver fleeing from authorities slammed into a building under construction this afternoon in Mission. Construction workers at the building witnessed the end of the chase near the Rio Grande. The men said they saw a Chevrolet Suburban speeding toward them. The workers said the fleeing... more »
  • Starr County Officials Demand Feds Secure Border Play Video

    June 23, 2014 10:24 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County is dealing with a high number of illegal crossings. Area leaders say it's going to take more than just a meeting with state leaders to fix the problem. City officials in Rio Grande City say they are happy the state is helping out,... more »
  • Perry: Cartels Take Advantage of Surge in Illegal Immigration Play Video

    June 23, 2014 7:10 PM

    WESLACO - Gov. Rick Perry and the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety say cartels are exploiting the United States' immigration system. Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw held a news conference Monday in Weslaco to address the issue. The officials said drug cartels are using... more »
  • Governor to Visit Federal Housing Facility in RGV Play Video

    June 23, 2014 8:12 AM

    WESLACO - Governor Rick Perry will be in the Rio Grande Valley to tour a federal facility housing children caught crossing the border alone. He'll also visit the DPS Region 3 headquarters in Weslaco. Perry is scheduled for an afternoon briefing by DPS Director Steve McCraw regarding the state's... more »
  • Immigrants Use Social Media to Contact Relatives Play Video

    June 18, 2014 10:49 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - An illegal immigrant from Honduras is using social media to reach out to family in the United States for help. "My motivation has always been to get to a country like this one, where my brothers have bettered themselves and for my son to study," the man... more »
  • Perry Orders DPS to Secure Border

    June 18, 2014 10:32 PM

    AUSTIN (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday authorized the Texas Department of Public Safety to spend about $1.3 million per week to fund operations to fight the surge of illegal immigration along the Texas-Mexico border. Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus said in a joint... more »
  • Stash House Bust Takes Neighborhood by Surprise Play Video

    June 17, 2014 10:57 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Residents of a neighborhood east of Edinburg were stunned to learn a stash house operated in their midst. The neighbors said they had no idea what was happening. Border Patrol said at least one person knew something was wrong, because that person tipped them off to... more »
  • Photos Reveal Overcrowding at Border Patrol Station Play Video

    June 17, 2014 5:19 PM

    WESLACO - Newly released photos shed light into the overcrowded conditions inside a Border Patrol holding facility in South Texas. The images show illegal immigrants crammed into holding spaces. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) shared the images with media outlets. The exact location of the facility was not revealed.... more »

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