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  • Business Leaders Seek to Improve Valley's Image Play Video

    July 24, 2014 7:51 PM

    McALLEN - Rio Grande Valley government and business leaders are asking Gov. Rick Perry to reconsider his decision to deploy the National Guard to the region. They say the move will send the wrong message about safety in the area. Perry ordered the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops... more »
  • MS-13 Member Arrested in Rio Grande City Play Video

    July 22, 2014 12:11 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Rio Grande City police detained a member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang (MS-13) after a noise complaint early this morning. The incident happened at approximately 1 a.m. Officers were dispatched to a home where they noticed two men and two women outside. One of the women... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Report Sheds Light into Immigration Court Procedures Play Video

    July 16, 2014 7:57 PM

    WESLACO - A new report sheds some light into the plight unaccompanied minors experience in the immigration court system. The report done by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse revealed that one factor alone may tip the scales in the children's favor. The organization collects monthly statistics from immigration... more »
  • 2 Harlingen Buildings to Become Centers for Young Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    July 16, 2014 5:20 PM

    HARLINGEN - Two buildings in Harlingen will be converted into processing centers for young illegal immigrants. The structures are on North 77 Sunshine Strip, according to city records. The sites will not be used to house immigrants. "The plans show that there are six classrooms, three medical offices,... more »
  • Couple Accused of Harboring Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    July 15, 2014 8:15 PM

    McALLEN - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a husband and wife be held without bond for their alleged roles in the kidnapping of three illegal immigrants. Authorities say the alleged human smugglers held three people from Honduras in a house in Penitas. They are accused of calling the... more »
  • MS-13 Member Arrested in La Grulla Play Video

    July 15, 2014 8:04 PM

    STARR COUNTY - La Grulla police found a member of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang among several illegal immigrants. A La Grulla police officer pulled over a vehicle after a traffic violation. The officer discovered several undocumented immigrants. The officer said he was shocked to find a member... more »
  • Deputy Constables Rescue Kidnapped Immigrant Play Video

    July 14, 2014 10:45 PM

    PENITAS - Two people are in custody after a Honduran woman was held for ransom at a stash house in Penitas. Authorities say investigators were able to use technology to pinpoint the woman's exact location. Authorities say there have been more cases of illegal immigrants held in stash... 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 »
  • BCFS Reveals Plans for Palm Aire Hotel Play Video

    July 14, 2014 4:22 PM

    WESLACO - BCFS Health and Human Services secured a $50-million federal contract to house young illegal immigrants in Weslaco. The network of non-profit agencies will take over the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites on FM 1015. BCFS officials say they plan to have 600 beds once the hotel... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Professor Criticizes Obama's Decision to Stay Away from the Border Play Video

    July 9, 2014 7:45 PM

    EDINBURG - A University of Texas-Pan American political science professor says it's important for the president to visit the border. Dr. Jerry Polinard said President Obama's presence in the Rio Grande Valley would have been symbolic and politically important. "We are the most Democratic part of a Republican state.... 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 Defends Decision Not to Visit Border Play Video

    July 9, 2014 7:13 PM

    DALLAS (AP) - President Barack Obama, seeking to keep a humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border from becoming a deeper political liability, pushed back Wednesday at critics who have cast his administration's response to the influx of unaccompanied children as slow and ineffective. To those pressing Obama to visit the... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • President Obama Asking for Nearly $4B to Confront Influx of Minors Play Video

    July 8, 2014 11:29 AM

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama is asking Congress for funds to deal with the immigration crisis caused by the surge in illegal immigration. The amount is much higher than was originally expected. The President will be asking for $3.7 billion dollars to confront the influx of minors from Central America.... 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 »
  • Save The Children' Wants Access to Border Patrol Holding Facilities Play Video

    July 7, 2014 7:28 PM

    McALLEN - Officials with a non-profit group focused on helping calm the nerves of children crossing the border say their services are needed inside Border Patrol holding facilities. Save the Children is trying to convince Border Patrol to allow them to service the children in their care. Access... 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 »
  • CBP Ads in Central America Aim to Deter Illegal Immigration Play Video

    July 7, 2014 12:49 PM

    WESLACO - Customs and Border Protection officials are advertising in Central America to deter people from trying to cross into the U.S. illegally. The campaign is intended to show the dangers to children and families. The ads will run through the summer. A recent tide of Central Americans illegally... more »
  • Dallas County Prepares Housing for Young Immigrants Play Video

    July 2, 2014 10:37 PM

    McALLEN - The tide of unaccompanied children flowing into the Rio Grande Valley will soon be flowing into North Texas. Dallas County officials say they will donate shelters to take about 2,000 children. The officials toured Valley Border Patrol facilities Wednesday. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on Wednesday... 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 »
  • Few Young Illegal Immigrants Tested for HIV Play Video

    June 27, 2014 10:21 PM

    McALLEN - Children entering the country illegally are being tested for things like scabies and lice. Most, however, are not being tested for HIV. The Valley AIDS Council is only testing children that may remain in the United States long-term. "What's important for folks to realize is that... 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 »
  • Immigration Rights Groups Hold Vigil for Central American Children

    June 27, 2014 1:28 PM

    MCALLEN - Immigration rights organizations in the Rio Grande Valley are doing their part to draw attention to the plight of unaccompanied Central American children entering the U.S. They held a vigil today in front of McAllen's Sacred Heart Church. Members of ARISE, LUPE, and their supporters read from... 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 »
  • More than 200 Found Crossing into US near Anzalduas Bridge Play Video

    June 18, 2014 12:59 PM

    GRANJENO - Border Patrol agents in McAllen are busy processing more than 200 illegal immigrants. Border Patrol officials told us they found the men, women and children crossing into the U.S. near the Anzalduas International Bridge this morning. CHANNEL 5 NEWS was there as the last busload drove away... more »
  • State Lawmakers to Address Surge in Illegal Immigration Play Video

    June 17, 2014 7:29 PM

    McALLEN - State lawmakers are waking up to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Rio Grande Valley. Democrats and Republicans are coming together to ask the federal government to do more to end the crisis. State representatives are planning a round table with Border Patrol to discuss how... more »
  • Volunteers Help Illegal Immigrants at Bus Station Play Video

    June 9, 2014 10:58 PM

    WESLACO - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says it needs $2 billion to keep up with the overwhelming number of illegal immigrants crossing through the Rio Grande Valley. Some area residents are stepping up to help while the feds wait for funds. Consular officials from Honduras,... more »
  • Expert: Cartels Control Illegal-Immigrant Traffic into the United States Play Video

    May 22, 2014 7:48 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Drug cartels are making it more difficult for Central Americans to cross illegally into the United States. Illegal immigrants from Central America say drug cartels have taken over the human-smuggling trade in Mexico. Daniel, a 23-year-old Honduran, said the trek through Mexico was especially difficult. He... more »
  • Group from Central America Expected to Seek Asylum in US

    May 2, 2014 12:39 PM

    HIDALGO - Officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge have called for backup. This is after learning a large group of immigrants from Central America was going to attempt to seek political asylum in the U.S. Extra Border Patrol agents, McAllen police, Hidalgo police and Hidalgo County's sheriff deputies are... more »
  • Illegal Immigrants Allowed to Go Free Play Video

    March 25, 2014 7:44 PM

    HARLINGEN - Federal officials are releasing women and children who enter the country illegally, a CHANNEL 5 NEWS investigation revealed. CHANNEL 5 NEWS reported in 2013 that the feds were releasing anyone deemed a low threat to national security. Border Patrol officials on Friday confirmed a spike in... more »
  • Truck Carrying Illegal Immigrants Crashes into Mobile Home

    February 19, 2013 12:40 PM

    NORTH OF MISSION - Border Patrol agents are in northern Hidalgo County, searching a neighborhood off of Western Road and Santa Monica Road. They're checking to see if they caught everyone involved in an earlier pursuit. We learned authorities chased a truck, starting in Penitas and ending north of... more »
  • Bureaucratic Hurdles Cleared for Trans-migrants in Los Indios

    June 7, 2012 6:10 PM

    LOS INDIOS - A mass exodus is under way as hundreds of Central Americans were cleared today by Mexican officials to enter the country. Mexican government officials would not allow the trans-migrants to enter the country because the computer system used to process their permits was not functioning. It... more »
  • Transmigrants Caught in Bureaucratic Limbo

    June 6, 2012 4:24 PM

    LOS INDIOS - Thousands of Central Americans had become entangled in a bureaucratic state of limbo since Mexican customs officials on Sunday began refusing them passage back to their home countries. The problem, officials say, was that the computer system used to process the transmigrants' paperwork was being upgraded.... more »
  • 60 Illegal Immigrants Found in McAllen Stash House

    April 24, 2012 5:08 PM

    MCALLEN - Sixty illegal immigrants were found after a tip about a stash house in McAllen. Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement agencies responded to a home on Mona and 23rd Street. That's when they found the group of illegal immigrants, who included people from Central America and... more »
  • Immigration Attorney Says Central Americans Come to U.S. to Avoid Violence

    January 5, 2012 6:46 PM

    An illegal immigrant caught in the Valley says he fears for his life. He worries he'll be killed if he's sent back to his home country. Thousands are fleeing Central American gangs. They seek safety in the United States. They have to come illegally. Asylum is not a likely... more »

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