September 18, 2014 8:51 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Recent rains have forced Border Patrol agents to do more patrols on foot.
The muddy roads are keeping their vehicles out of some areas, agents said.
Wildlife refuge lands in Hidalgo County are hotspots for illegal border crossers. The recent rains turned roads in those... more »
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 »
September 16, 2014 8:15 PM
SARITA - Border Patrol agents arrested a soldier on human-smuggling charges last week at the Sarita checkpoint.
Border Patrol agents arrested Eric Rodriguez when they discovered the immigrants in his pickup truck.
Officials said the immigrants were hiding under bed sheet and Rodriguez's military jacket.
Rodriguez was... more »
September 15, 2014 11:02 PM
SARITA - An alleged human smuggler dressed in military garb tried to get two illegal immigrants through the Sarita checkpoint.
Border Patrol agents arrested Eric Rodriguez when they discovered the immigrants on the floorboard of his pickup truck.
Officials said the immigrants were hiding under Rodriguez's military jacket.... more »
September 12, 2014 9:44 PM
DEL RIO- A U.S. Border Patrol agent died while on duty in Carrizo Springs early Friday morning.
Tyler R. Robledo was a three year veteran with the agency.
Agents tell CHANNEL 5 NEWS the 34 year old died in a head on collision with a Dodge Sedan while... more »
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 »
September 10, 2014 5:36 PM
WESLACO - Federal officials on Wednesday issued a statement to CHANNEL 5 NEWS saying they have no way of tracking illegal immigrants who fail to report to a deportation officer.
Border Patrol officials have released thousands of illegal immigrants at bus stations. The immigrants are given a notice with... more »
September 10, 2014 4:44 PM
RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Officials say the National Guard is playing a significant role in supporting local law enforcement in the Rio Grande Valley.
Guards members were at the site of two serious incidents Wednesday.
A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee approached several National Guardsmen on duty... more »
September 9, 2014 1:00 PM
BROWNSVILLE - Two men were charged with smuggling a group of illegal immigrants.
Brownsville police said 27-year-old Angel Avalos was driving a gold Chrysler with seven illegal immigrants inside. Benito Loredo, 17, was also a passenger.
The car crashed into another vehicle. It happened Friday at the intersection... more »
September 5, 2014 12:50 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A two-vehicle accident in Brownsville sent several illegal immigrants to the hospital. Brownsville police, Border Patrol agents and Homeland Security investigators are piecing together the events leading to the crash.
U.S. Border Patrol spokesperson Omar Zamora said agents got a call from police that someone spotted suspected... more »
September 3, 2014 10:45 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - A spike in illegal activity near Penitas may have been caused by the absence of an aerostat.
Border Patrol officials said bad weather forced the grounding of the blimp-like surveillance tool.
Penitas Police Chief Roel Bermea said smugglers take advantage of the aerostat's absence.
... more »
September 3, 2014 7:47 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A militia member who came under Border Patrol gunfire Friday is a felon.
The man, John Frederick Forester, is part of a group camped out on private land near the river.
Officials said Forester was armed when a Border Patrol agent opened fire on him. The... more »
September 2, 2014 8:22 PM
FALFURRIAS - Technology is forcing smugglers to change their routes, Brooks County ranchers said.
The South Texas county is a major human-smuggling corridor, but two aerostats may be forcing smugglers to seek alternate routes.
Federal authorities deployed the aerostats in Brooks County to get a bird's eye view... more »
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 »
September 2, 2014 7:43 PM
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A Houston man on a fishing trip got more than he expected Monday.
Gustavo Burr and his girlfriend were on South Padre Island looking for the right spot to cast their lines. They noticed a strange boat near shore about 10 miles north of Beach... more »
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 »
August 31, 2014 4:30 PM
CAMERON COUNTY - CHANNEL 5 crews have located the man that was shot at by a U.S. Border Patrol agent Friday afternoon.
He says he was very surprised to be shot at since they are there to support the Border Patrol.
Because of the sensitivity of what he... more »
August 29, 2014 7:51 PM
WESLACO - Federal officials released more information about the number of illegal immigrants arrested so far this year in the Rio Grande Valley.
Recently released information puts the number at 245,000. Seventy five percent of those crossers are from countries other than Mexico. Most of those are from Central... more »
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 »
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 »
August 27, 2014 10:45 PM
STARR COUNTY - Members of the Texas National Guard arrived in the Rio Grande Valley.
The troops are part of the deployment ordered by Gov. Rick Perry.
Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal said the troops started arriving in his city. Perry ordered the deployment of 1,000 troops... more »
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 »
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 »
August 26, 2014 4:13 PM
EDINBURG - A judge on Tuesday sentenced a teenager to 20 years in prison for the death of nine illegal immigrants two years ago in Palmview.
Junior Benjamin Rodriguez was 15 years old when he flipped the van he was driving in April, 2012. Prosecutors said he was fleeing... more »
August 22, 2014 3:00 PM
SULLIVAN CITY - U.S. Border Patrol agents are trying to figure out who left four bags , filled with money, in Sullivan City brush.
Agents found the bags recently as they were patrolling in the area.
The money was a mix of U.S. and Mexican currency.
It... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
August 20, 2014 4:17 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Five illegal immigrants were hospitalized after a high-speed chase ended in a rollover south of Alamo.
The chase began at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday near Pharr and ended just north of the intersection of Tower and Las Milpas roads.
Authorities said the smuggler flipped his... more »
August 19, 2014 10:43 PM
McALLEN - The family of a La Joya woman is still waiting for her release from federal custody. She was detained following a traffic stop by DPS troopers Monday.
Isabel Barbosa Salazar was driving on Military Highway near International Parkway in McAllen when a state trooper pulled her over... more »
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 »
August 18, 2014 7:22 PM
WILLACY COUNTY - A landowner will set fire to acres of brush on his property to get rid of debris from a marijuana plantation.
Federal agents discovered the marijuana plants amid the brush and trees on the land in rural Willacy County. Investigators said the field may have gone... more »
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 »
August 18, 2014 12:57 PM
PALMVIEW - Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a suspected stash house to go up in flames.
The fire happened at a mobile home in Palmview, near the intersection of Mile 2 and Goodwin Road. Firefighters responded to the scene, after 10:30 a.m.. It took them about... more »
August 14, 2014 10:33 PM
WILLACY COUNTY - Federal agents on Thursday secured a field of marijuana plants in Willacy County.
Authorities said they will use heavy equipment to clear the two or three acres of marijuana plants near FM 490.
Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said his deputies found an illegal immigrant... more »
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 »
August 12, 2014 7:48 PM
WESLACO - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) says President Obama needs to do something about the humanitarian and immigration crisis impacting South Texas.
Cuellar asked for a bi-partisan agreement to provide money and policy changes to the current immigration system. The congressman and some of his fellow Democrats are... more »
August 12, 2014 7:45 PM
ROMA - A new surveillance aerostat now flies in the skies above Roma.
Roma residents say they hope the added surveillance will dive smugglers away from the town.
"I put these (burglar bars on the) windows here all the way around the house," Roma resident Raul Moreno said.... more »
August 12, 2014 4:24 PM
RAYMONDVILLE - Willacy County sheriff's investigators have yet to find out what is inside the vehicle driven by two illegal immigrants charged in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent.
Sheriff Larry Spence said his deputies seized the getaway vehicle used by Gustavo Tijerina Sandoval and Ismael Hernandez... more »
August 12, 2014 4:19 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested a man wanted on a murder charge out of Alton.
The 28-year-old Mexican national was wanted in the murder of Jose Luis Gonzalez. He is the sixth suspect arrested in the case.
Gonzalez was parked at a convenience store in Alton in December... more »
August 12, 2014 12:21 PM
STARR COUNTY - The Border Patrol added a second aerostat in Starr County to help fight illegal activity.
Aerostats are tethered blimp-shaped balloons used for surveillance. Border Patrol agents credit them in helping catch human smugglers and drug smugglers, as well as helping to rescue illegal immigrants in danger.... more »
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 »
August 11, 2014 4:06 PM
PHARR - Authorities are searching for a suspected human smuggler that led them on a chase Monday in Pharr.
Border Patrol officials said the man had several illegal immigrants in his car. Agents arrested six of the immigrants after the chase.
Officials said agents saw a group of... more »
August 10, 2014 8:31 PM
RIO GRANDE VALLEY - A warning has been issued from the family of Javier Vega jr.
He was the Border Patrol agent recently shot and killed while fishing in Willacy County.
The family says, there is an unauthorized fund raising account on Facebook called "Fund Me."
The... more »
August 8, 2014 9:56 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Border Patrol agents are using airboats at one of the areas with most illegal-immigrant traffic in the Rio Grande.
Border Patrol agents say they find more illegal immigrants trying to cross into the U.S. through the Rincon community than any other area. The spot near the... more »
August 8, 2014 5:12 PM
KINGSVILLE - Friends remember fallen Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. as a dedicated lawmen and a loving person.
Vega worked at the Kingsville station since joining the U.S. Border Patrol in February, 2008.
Agent Paul Perez knew Vega well. He says Vega's death stunned the Kingsville station.... more »
August 7, 2014 4:55 PM
WILLACY COUNTY - Anglers are staying away from a popular fishing spot where an off-duty Border Patrol agent was killed Sunday.
Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. was laid to rest with honors Thursday in La Feria. The men charged in his death are in the Willacy County jail.... more »
August 6, 2014 6:33 PM
RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Officials with the Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector on Wednesday released a statement on the murder of Agent Javier Vega Jr.
A Border Patrols spokesman said they're being told not to speak with the media about Vega or what happened to him. Still, local... more »
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 »
August 6, 2014 3:20 PM
LA FERIA - Funeral services for a Border Patrol agent killed while fishing with his family are set for Thursday in La Feria.
The funeral Mass will happen at 10 a.m. at Saint Francis Xavier Parish, 500 Canal Street. Burial will follow at Heavenly Grace Cemetery.
Border Patrol... more »
August 6, 2014 1:08 PM
STARR COUNTY - Two Honduran men are in federal custody. They're accused of violently assaulting a Border Patrol agent. The FBI is handling the investigation.
A criminal complaint filed in the case states the agent encountered the two suspected illegal immigrants Monday afternoon in Starr County. According to investigators,... more »
August 5, 2014 7:42 PM
SEBASTIAN - A family who helped two suspects accused in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent said they had no idea the men were being sought in the crime.
The family said they thought the suspects were just two men in need. They said the incident was... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
August 4, 2014 12:46 AM
WILLACY COUNTY - An off-duty Border Patrol agent was shot and killed while fishing with his family. Two suspects are in custody.
Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the agent was shot in the chest Sunday night after an attempted robbery. According to Zamora, the gunmen... more »
August 1, 2014 9:49 PM
BROOKS COUNTY - A man rescued after four days is doing well and being processed at the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station.
The illegal crosser called 911 and told Brooks County officials he had been lost in the brush without food or water.
Brooks County contract Border Patrol and... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
July 29, 2014 8:03 PM
WESLACO - The FBI is asking families of unaccompanied minors to be on high alert for a new scam.
Investigators two weeks ago realized they'd found a new trend targeting families of unaccompanied minors in the United States.
According to investigators, employees or contractors at two holding facilities... more »
July 29, 2014 7:51 PM
McALLEN - The cost of helping illegal immigrants could mean the end of some municipal programs, officials said.
The ongoing operation to care for illegal immigrants at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen is putting a strain on municipal resources, officials said.
"This is all coming out of... more »
July 29, 2014 7:42 PM
EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department is monitoring the jail for possible litigation from illegal immigrants.
Some county jails in northern states stopped holding immigrants on Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers.
The detainers keep immigrants in jail until Border Patrol agents arrive. Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department Spokesman... more »
July 29, 2014 7:38 PM
McALLEN - Border Patrol agents rescued two immigrants from the South Texas brush in two separate incidents.
The first rescue happened Sunday evening. Authorities said a human smuggler abandoned the man near La Grulla.
The man called 911 and Starr County dispatchers relayed his general location to agents.... more »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
July 24, 2014 4:12 PM
RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Families are still streaming into the McAllen bus station, almost two months after U.S. Border Patrol began dropping them off there.
It is where families wait before they continue on their long journey.
The Border Patrol says, since the beginning of 2014, they picked... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
July 18, 2014 4:49 PM
BROWNSVILLE - Several illegal immigrants are in custody for allegedly leading Border Patrol and Brownsville Police on a chase through a neighborhood Wednesday.
Court documents show the short pursuit began just after 5:16 p.m. when authorities spotted several people running from brush and into a white Chevrolet Tahoe near... more »
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 »
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 »
July 16, 2014 10:03 AM
Border Patrol is working to retrieve a unit that fell into a canal this morning.
Spokesperson Omar Zamora confirms one of their vehicles slid into a canal this morning near Anzalduas Bridge.
Zamora tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS the initial report indicates there was only one person inside the... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
July 11, 2014 6:28 PM
WESLACO - The Palm Aire Hotel and Suites will be turned into a housing complex for young illegal immigrants.
Baptist Child and Family Services will take over the hotel on Interstate 2 and International Blvd. in Weslaco.
The group says children will receive basic education, as well as... more »
July 11, 2014 5:15 PM
RIO GRANDE VALLEY - The former president of the National Border Patrol Council says undocumented minors being detained in Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol stations are vulnerable and could be easily recruited by other underage immigrants with criminal backgrounds.
A recent article highlights that exact problem occurring in a... more »
July 11, 2014 4:06 PM
STARR COUNTY - Starr County officials say the surge in illegal immigration is having an impact in their law enforcement budgets.
The Texas Department of Public Safety recently increased its patrols in Starr County. Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal says he welcomes the state officers.
He says... more »
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 »
July 10, 2014 7:37 PM
LOS EBANOS - Hundreds of illegal immigrants use Anzalduas Park to cross into the United States every day. Others choose more secluded areas, like the small community of Los Ebanos.
Residents of the small town are concerned about the increase in illegal activity. Still, they are not sure about... more »
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 »