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  • Man Rescued After Four Days in Brooks County Brush Play Video

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Scheme Targets Families of Unaccompanied Minors Play Video

    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 »
  • Official: Immigration Surge Draining Municipal Budgets Play Video

    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 »
  • Hidalgo County on Alert for Possible Lawsuits from Immigrants Play Video

    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 »
  • Border Patrol Agents Rescue 2 Immigrants Play Video

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Border Patrol Says the Number of Illegal Immigrants Continues to Rise Play Video

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 3 Illegals Lead Police on a Chase

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Border Patrol Working to Retrieve Unit from Canal Play Video

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Weslaco Hotel to Become Immigrant Housing Play Video

    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 »
  • MS 13 Gang May Be Recruiting Illegal Minors Locally Play Video

    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 »
  • Illegal Immigration a Burden on Rio Grande City

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Los Ebanos Residents On Edge as Immigration Flow Increases Play Video

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Border Patrol Unit Involved in Crash Play Video

    July 7, 2014 4:30 PM

    McALLEN - Authorities are investigating a crash involving a Border Patrol vehicle. Police say the Border Patrol unit collided with several vehicles just before noon Monday on Interstate 2 near Ware Road. Police say the agent, who was off-duty, was not hurt. He was taken to a hospital... more »
  • Mission Popular Crossing Area for Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    July 7, 2014 7:12 AM

    MISSION - Since October, Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley detained more than 194,000 people. That's nearly triple the number of any other sector. Agents have zeroed in on the most popular place to cross. It's a 5-mile strip along the river, south of Mission. In the... more »
  • Woman Loses Track of Daughter in ICE Custody Play Video

    July 5, 2014 9:06 AM

    HOUSTON - A Houston mom is waiting to be reunited with her daughter. The four-year-old girl is just one of thousands who have been taken into custody by border patrol agents. Gladys Lopez says she was able to speak with her daughter, Eliana, briefly over the phone after she... more »
  • Group of Illegal Immigrants Found Hiding in Tractor-Trailer Play Video

    July 3, 2014 11:15 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Border Patrol agents rescued a group of illegal immigrants found locked inside a tractor-trailer rig. A Border Patrol K-9 at the Falfurrias checkpoint alerted agents during an inspection Thursday morning. Agents found 11 people in the trailer. They were hiding between pallets of carrots. Four others were... more »
  • Illegal Immigrant Stuck in McAllen Without Documents Play Video

    July 3, 2014 5:19 PM

    MCALLEN - An illegal immigrant is stuck at Sacred Heart in McAllen. She is waiting for her immigration paperwork. She says she was processed by Border Patrol, but never received the documents. She feels she was overlooked. CHANNEL FIVE's Michael Scott found her at the shelter in McAllen.... 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 »
  • CBP Takes to the Airwaves to Discourage Illegal Immigration Play Video

    July 2, 2014 5:57 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - The surge of illegal immigrants has become a federal issue. Now, the government is finding a new way to solve the problem. Federal officials are going to the airwaves to warn illegal immigrants. In order to warn people about those dangers, Customs and... more »
  • Border Patrol Agents Report Increase in 'Fake Families' Play Video

    July 2, 2014 5:37 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - The threat of danger looms over thousands of undocumented immigrants who cross the border daily. The vice-president of the Border Patrol union in the Rio Grande Valley says agents are seeing more of what they call "pseudo families" or "fake families." Many undocumented immigrants... 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 »
  • Mother Asked Young Migrant Not to Leave Home Play Video

    July 1, 2014 7:27 PM

    WESLACO - The mother of an 11-year-old boy who died near the banks of the Rio Grande said she urged him not to leave their native Guatemala. Authorities say Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez succumbed to heatstroke about a mile away from houses near La Joya. An area resident discovered... more »
  • Border Patrol Stations Concern Texas Health Chief Play Video

    July 1, 2014 5:20 PM

    AUSTIN (AP) - The top public health official in Texas says the state has mostly seen only minor diseases like scabies and chicken pox among thousands of immigrant children pouring across the border in recent months. But Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner David Lakey told lawmakers Tuesday... 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 »
  • Body Discovery Unsettles Residents Near La Joya Play Video

    June 30, 2014 7:57 PM

    McALLEN - A young illegal immigrant died yards away from houses near La Joya. Those who live in the area believe he may have been searching for help. Area residents think 11-year-old Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez got lost in the brush. The Guatemalan boy's body was found on June... 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 »
  • Immigrants Arrested South of Donna Play Video

    June 30, 2014 5:19 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities detained 14 illegal immigrants Monday south of Donna. The incident happened at the intersection of Military Highway and FM 493. Border Patrol agents, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Hidalgo County deputy constables participated in the arrests. more »
  • Homeland Security Secretary Returns to McAllen Play Video

    June 30, 2014 12:19 PM

    MCALLEN - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is touring a Border Patrol immigrant holding facility in McAllen. Johnson's visit comes on the heels of a visit just two weeks ago, when the media was not allowed to question him at all. It also follows two new developments in... more »
  • Border Patrol Agents Capture Suspected MS-13 Gang Member Play Video

    June 29, 2014 11:01 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Border Patrol agents in Rio Grande City arrested a Salvadoran national, who they believe is a dangerous gang member. While he was being processed, agents found out he is affiliated with the Mara Salva-Trucha street gang, also known as MS-13. CHANNEL 5 NEWS has... more »
  • Border Patrol Agents Find Stash of Drugs Under Cement Play Video

    June 29, 2014 10:55 PM

    ESCOBARES - A routine patrol in the small town of Escobares led Border Patrol agents to a drug hot spot. Agents made the discovery while patrolling near San Julian Road. Agents first found a vehicle and footprints, then looked under a shelf of cement. This is what... more »
  • Border Patrol Investigating Alleged Sexual Attack Inside Facility Play Video

    June 29, 2014 10:50 PM

    STARR COUNTY - The Sheriff's Office in Starr County is investigating a case of alleged sexual assault, inside a Border Patrol facility. Information is limited because this case involves two juveniles. We do know the victim and alleged suspect were both illegal immigrants being held for processing. The... more »
  • Female Illegal Immigrant Threatened with Sexual Assault Play Video

    June 28, 2014 9:41 PM

    EDINBURG - A female illegal immigrant is threatened with sexual assault at an Edinburg stash house and other smuggled aliens come to her rescue. That's according to a criminal complaint, just filed in federal court. According to the complaint, it happened in a stash house in rural Edinburg.... more »
  • Illegal Immigrant Speaks About Politicians Visiting Border Patrol Facilities Play Video

    June 28, 2014 8:41 PM

    MCALLEN - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is the latest high profile politician to visit the immigration children at the Border Patrol facilities. CHANNEL FIVE's Lauren Kendrick went to a shelter to see what illegal immigrants have to say about politicians visiting. Since we've been reporting on the... 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 »
  • Immigration Surge Poses Different Challenges for Brownsville and McAllen Play Video

    June 26, 2014 7:42 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The cities of Brownsville and McAllen are pitching in to help illegal immigrants released from Border Patrol custody. Each city, though, faces unique challenges. "McAllen has a very unique and different situation than Brownsville does. While there are a lot of similarities of what is happening, there... more »
  • List Shows Illegal Immigrants Preparing for Border Patrol Questions Play Video

    June 25, 2014 7:46 PM

    WESLACO - People crossing the border illegally are getting prepped for questions they'll get once they reach the United States. A Border Patrol agent stationed in the Rio Grande Valley sent CHANNEL 5 NEWS a photo of a piece of paper with the list of questions. The list is... more »
  • Mexican Official Visits Immigration Detention Center in McAllen Play Video

    June 24, 2014 10:52 PM

    McALLEN - Mexico's foreign relations minister visited McAllen Tuesday to meet with U.S. immigration officials and tour a detention center. Jose Antonio Meade also met with leaders of non-profit agencies helping with the immigration crisis in the region. Meade visited a detention center to oversee the administrative processes... more »
  • Game Wardens to Help Border Patrol Track Smugglers Play Video

    June 24, 2014 5:26 PM

    WESLACO - Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens are pitching in to help Border Patrol with the surge in illegal immigration in the Rio Grande Valley. The game wardens will be looking for drug traffickers, officials said. The overwhelming numbers of immigrants being processed are keeping federal agents... more »
  • Permits Submitted for New Border Patrol Processing Facility Play Video

    June 24, 2014 12:50 PM

    MCALLEN - Federal officials are working to prepare a new processing facility for unaccompanied immigrant children in McAllen. The abandoned warehouse off Ware Road isn't far from the current Border Patrol station in McAllen. The site will be used only to process unaccompanied minors. The U.S. General Services... more »
  • Feds to Convert McAllen Warehouse into Immigrant-Processing Facility Play Video

    June 23, 2014 10:15 PM

    McALLEN - The federal government has plans to turn an empty warehouse in McAllen into a processing facility for unaccompanied children. The city of McAllen revealed construction permits for four fence-enclosed pods inside the warehouse. The warehouse is less than a mile from the current Border Patrol station.... more »
  • Officials: Immigration Crisis Not Yet a Disaster Play Video

    June 23, 2014 7:43 PM

    McALLEN - Local governments have not spent enough in the illegal immigration crisis to meet the criteria for a disaster declaration, officials said. Officials said it is much easier to get help from the state. Getting funds from the federal government takes a much longer process, they said. ... more »
  • Officials Tap into Emergency Funds to Deal with Immigration Crisis Play Video

    June 23, 2014 7:20 PM

    McALLEN - Local governments are using money set aside for emergencies to care for illegal immigrants being released from Border Patrol custody. McAllen officials said they spent nearly $16,000 in just six days. The immigrants are being released at the McAllen bus station. Officials said there aren't enough... more »
  • Border Patrol shelves plans for California flights

    June 23, 2014 7:45 AM

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Border Patrol on Sunday canceled flights scheduled to bring nearly 300 Central American migrants from south Texas to California for processing, but the plans could be reinstated, an official said. It was unclear why Monday's flights for San Diego and El Centro, about 100 miles... more »
  • Two Illegal Immigrants, Wanted on Warrants, Caught in the Valley Play Video

    June 22, 2014 8:32 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Two undocumented men are waiting to be extradited. Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents arrested the first man around 1am on Friday. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora says agents ran a background check after they caught him near the border. It turned out... more »
  • DHS Secretary Tours Border Patrol Facility Play Video

    June 20, 2014 1:04 PM

    MCALLEN - The Department of Homeland Security secretary returned to the Rio Grande Valley. Jeh Johnson visited the McAllen Border Patrol station to see how agents are dealing with and caring for the wave of unaccompanied children from Central America. Border Patrol reports the number of unaccompanied minors coming... more »
  • 2 Caught in Manhunt, Search Continues for Remaining Suspect Play Video

    June 20, 2014 10:27 AM

    NEAR MCCOOK - At least two men are in custody after a manhunt west of the Starr County-Hidalgo County line. DPS troopers and sheriff's deputies are still searching for a suspected drug smuggler. Sgt. Johnny Hernandez of the Department of Public Safety said the incident started at 8:30 a.m.... more »
  • Special Border Patrol Team Helps Rescue Immigrants in Distress Play Video

    June 19, 2014 7:48 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY - As more illegal immigrants cross the border, the risk of death is becoming greater. Border Patrol officials deployed more agents trained in search and rescue to scour the brush in Brooks County for those who are lost and in need of help. The agents are... more »
  • Police Arrest Illegal Immigrant after Assault at Border Patrol Station Play Video

    June 19, 2014 7:17 PM

    WESLACO - Police arrested a 17-year-old at the Weslaco Border Patrol station after he became violent with other detainees. Border Patrol officials will not speak about the incident. Weslaco police said they had never handled a similar case. Two detainees were victims of the assault. The incident happened... more »

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