September 17, 2014 12:35 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A Brownsville woman will spend five years in prison in Mississippi.
In February, a DEA task force officer found Veronica Garcia with crystal meth hidden in her vehicle. She was traveling, and the officer stopped the 26-year-old in Gulfport, Mississippi.
According to investigators, she had her... more »
September 13, 2014 8:59 PM
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder is arguing publicly in favor of legal representation for migrant children arriving unaccompanied at the border. At the same time, his department is taking the opposite position in court. Holder said Friday in a speech to the Hispanic National Bar Association that the government... more »
July 22, 2014 3:37 PM
PHARR - Children with special needs gathered at the Pharr Aquatic Center for the first Miracle Kids of South Texas Night.
Pharr Parks and Recreation Director Frank Marin said the event was open to special-needs children and their families from throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
"It's something we've... more »
July 20, 2014 10:16 AM
SAN ANTONIO - FBI agents say people are preying on relatives of the unaccompanied children.
One case involved a person claiming to represent a charity. The crooks said they assisted in processing and reuniting the children.
In another case, the criminals used the name of a san antonio... more »
July 17, 2014 11:37 PM
RIO GRANDE VALLEY- CHANNEL 5 NEWS has learned there is not enough help for children with mental health.
According to Mental Health First Aid, 19% of youth in the United States have a diagnosis of mental illness.
Tropical Texas Behavorial Health tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS it's treating over... 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 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 »
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 »
July 16, 2014 3:38 PM
WESLACO - BCFS Health and Human Services on Wednesday withdrew a proposal to turn a Weslaco hotel into a facility for young illegal immigrants.
A media release from the group of non-profit agencies cited "negative backlash caused by information misreported to the public" as the reason for walking away... more »
July 16, 2014 7:25 AM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's top prosecutor says federal and state police officers have rescued 458 children who were forced to beg for money and suffered sexual abuse while being held against their will at a filthy group home in the western state of Michoacan. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam... more »
July 15, 2014 8:12 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A Brownsville resident wants to know why it took police so long to respond to his 911 call.
Julio Velasquez called police Monday after he noticed two children walking along Boca Chica Blvd. near the airport.
Velasquez said he was concerned that the children were walking... more »
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 »
July 12, 2014 9:11 AM
ARIZONA - Details are coming out about a lawsuit against the federal government. It was filed on behalf of immigrant children. The complaint accuses the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, ICE and the Office of Refugee Resettlement with violating the children's right to due process. Human... more »
July 11, 2014 1:59 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - A recent dog attack has the Hidalgo County Cowboy, Teo Martinez concerned. Not only for livestock or pets, but also children.
"They attacked (the calf) and they tore the ears and she was bleeding from both sides," said Martinez.
Dogs viciously attacked a 14-month-old, 600... 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 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 »
July 9, 2014 7:34 AM
HOUSTON (AP) - The city council of a Houston suburb has passed a resolution saying the city will not cooperate with any federal request to house immigrant children who are in the country illegally. The League City council voted 6-2 to adopt the resolution Tuesday night. It refuses any request... more »
July 8, 2014 7:47 PM
EDINBURG - The influx of young illegal immigrants into the Rio Grande Valley has the phones at the 449th District Court ringing nonstop, officials said.
Judge Jesse Contreras said people from Central America call constantly asking for children who have crossed the border illegally.
Contreras said many of... more »
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 »
July 4, 2014 9:23 PM
HOUSTON (AP) - Federal immigration officials are using Houston's George Bush International Airport as a transfer point for distributing the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children around the country. A statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says ICE began using the airport to help with processing the children arriving from... more »
July 3, 2014 4:54 PM
MCALLEN - For the first time, we hear from an Edinburg doctor who's treating patients at a McAllen church used as a rest stop.
He's seeing everything from the common cold to skin conditions.
Dr. Martin Garza says, when he heard about the need for medical help at... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
June 27, 2014 2:42 PM
RIO GRANDE VALLEY - The effect of unaccompanied children into the U.S. reaches far beyond the Rio Grande Valley.
It runs all the way to Arizona, but with one major difference.
A news crew with an Arizona television station recently drove into the desert with a spokesman with... more »
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 »
June 20, 2014 4:06 PM
MCALLEN - The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is stepping up and packing up, in order to help kids crossing the border.
The commerce is collecting backpacks for thousands of children crossing the border each day.
The backpacks will be filled with snacks, fresh clothes and other items Steve... more »
June 19, 2014 1:53 PM
RIO GRANDE VALLEY - A church group from San Antonio is in the Valley praying for the thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the border.
For some, it was a chance to see first hand the struggles and sacrifice some make for freedom.
"I think it's scary because you... more »
June 12, 2014 3:07 PM
BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County District Attorney's Office Child Abuse Unit says it recently prosecuted two Brownsville men and two Harlingen men for sex crimes against children.
Brownsville resident Salvador Maldonado, 41, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 6 to 18 years in prison for 11 counts of sexual... more »
June 5, 2014 8:05 PM
SAN ANTONIO - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave CHANNEL 5 NEWS limited access to areas of Lackland Air Force Base, where young illegal immigrants are being held.
HHS officials say the shelter at the base can handle 1,200 children. Access to the site is very... more »
June 3, 2014 7:07 PM
SAN JUAN - Leaders with the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville say they are trying to provide comfort to the unaccompanied young illegal immigrants nabbed in the region.
"These children are escaping from violence and terror in their own countries," said Ofelia de los Santos, with the diocese. Thousands of... more »
June 2, 2014 10:56 PM
WESLACO - Four federal agencies will tackle the issue of unaccompanied minors detained after crossing the border illegally.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will lead the effort, officials said.
More than 21,000 children crossed the border alone last year in the Rio Grande Valley. The majority are from... more »
June 2, 2014 7:48 PM
WESLACO - Federal officials say they are working to find space to house the overwhelming numbers of children crossing the border illegally and unaccompanied.
They say the illegal crossings represent a humanitarian crisis.
"This is an urgent humanitarian situation and is a priority not only for the Department... more »
May 30, 2014 12:59 PM
MCALLEN - The Honduran government officially opened a consulate in McAllen this morning.
Honduran officials hope to help with the growing tide of unaccompanied minors, which continues to flow across the border. They said they're the second country with the most unaccompanied children at temporary housing located in San... more »
May 8, 2014 10:26 PM
WESLACO - Few are willing to speak about children who enter the United States illegally and unaccompanied. Community organizations, churches and even the federal government are reluctant to speak about the phenomenon.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS perused Border Patrol statistics to learn the magnitude of the trend. Those records revealed... more »
April 24, 2014 3:40 PM
RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Mexican children are making their way into the Valley to attend schools here in the U.S.
It happens every day.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS reporter Stephanie Bertini and photojournalist Arturo Vargas watched as kids from Mexico crossed the border carrying their backpacks and ready to... more »
March 18, 2014 9:27 PM
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety today announced the creation of the Texas Crimes Against Children Center (TCACC) within the Texas Rangers Division.
The center is dedicated to protecting children through the collection and dissemination of intelligence, investigative support and cooperation with victim-assistance counselors. The TCACC will... more »
October 16, 2013 8:13 PM
McALLEN - A brother and sister are waiting to return to the United States after their father died in a Mexican prison.
The 9-year-old twins are American citizens. They have been living in a children's home in Reynosa since their father's death.
People reported seeing the twins begging... more »
December 24, 2012 4:06 PM
McKINNEY (AP) - Six children in Texas were injured by an explosion that happened after gas was poured from a can onto an open fire pit. Four children were airlifted to an area hospital after the Monday afternoon explosion in McKinney, north of Dallas. McKinney Fire Department Spokeswoman Stacie Durham... more »
November 27, 2012 1:04 PM
EDINBURG - The nine children injured in a weekend accident in Edinburg are now out of the hospital. The accident happened Saturday at Lake Edinburg, near FM 2812 and Seminary Road.
Witnesses told Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies a vehicle moved slowly through the muddy terrain and then rolled into... more »
November 26, 2012 7:38 PM
McALLEN - The Salvadoran consul is trying to reunite a 9-year-old with her family after she was abandoned Saturday on the banks of the Rio Grande.
Border Patrol officials said they often find children who don't know where they are or where they are from.
"We've seen babies... more »
November 13, 2012 10:31 PM
McALLEN - Dusk heralds the end of another day and children prepare for bed. For some children in McAllen, that means finding a place to sleep in a car or a park bench.
They are the children who live in extreme poverty. The children shut out of life and... more »
November 6, 2012 5:29 PM
EDINBURG - Two men are facing charges after a chase that ended in a wreck on the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. Three people were seriously hurt.
The suspects led police through several Rio Grande Valley cities before speeding toward the international crossing, officials said.
The suspects reached speeds of... more »
October 2, 2012 2:45 PM
ROMA - A woman from Tennessee was arrested at the Roma port of entry after she allegedly tried to smuggle three Mexican children into the United States.
The woman arrived at the Roma-Miguel Aleman International Bridge early Monday and showed officers her permanent resident documents and U.S. birth certificates... more »
August 7, 2012 6:24 PM
MERCEDES - Two children are in state custody after they were bitten and bruised by their own father, police said.
Officials documented the abuse Friday when the children's mother reached out for help. Photos provided by the Mercedes Police Department show the 3-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy bruised and... more »
August 7, 2012 4:30 PM
MERCEDES - A man is facing a slew of charges after police said he abused his two young children and his girlfriend.
The 23-year-old suspect was arraigned Tuesday on two count of aggravated assault of a child and one count assault with a deadly weapon. His bond was set... more »
July 12, 2012 12:33 AM
LITTLE MEXICO - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office is targeting gangs in the community known as Little Mexico. The new three-pronged initiative is aimed at keeping children from joining gangs and infiltrating the gangs that already exist.
The first step will be educating children about the dangers of being... more »
July 7, 2012 9:18 AM
DALLAS (AP) - Police in Dallas, Texas say five Oregon children were waiting with their mother to board a bus at a Greyhound bus station when the woman suffered a medical emergency and later died. Police spokeswoman Ashaki Hardeman says the 29-year-old woman was taken Thursday to Baylor University Medical... more »
June 8, 2012 1:21 AM
DONNA -A swarm of bees killed a family pet and hurt several people on Silver Road in Donna.
The dog was tied to a lemon tree in a yard and couldn't get away from the bees. His owner came running when he heard the dog crying.
"I thought... more »
June 4, 2012 5:19 PM
WESLACO - Police across the Rio Grande Valley are ramping up their patrols as students start their summer.
It's just the first week into the summer break and officers in Weslaco are already spotting an uptick in petty thefts. Weslaco Police Department spokesperson J. P. Rodriguez says petty crimes,... more »
May 4, 2012 6:50 PM
WESLACO - Some children found inside immigrant stash houses do find the path to their American Dream.
Last night, CHANNEL 5 NEWS showed a young girl's 911 call. She was an illegal immigrant in a stash house and having an asthma attack.
We know she was treated at... more »
April 26, 2012 12:11 AM
EDINBURG - Army Specialist Joel Rodriguez Jr. spent a tour in Iraq and is now stationed in Germany. He decided to surprise his wife with a sudden trip home.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS was on hand as Rodriguez snuck in to see his wife at the Longhorn Steak House. This... more »
April 12, 2012 8:09 PM
LA VILLA - Children's advocates say an alarming number of children taken from their parents continue to be abused after being placed in new homes.
A recent example is a case out of La Villa. Jose Alfredo Rostro was charged with three counts of continuous sexual abuse. The victims,... more »
March 29, 2012 7:56 PM
PHARR - A Valley woman is in federal custody tonight. She's accused of trying to smuggle kids from Mexico into the United States.
In this criminal complaint, a Customs and Border Protection officer explains how this woman tried using real birth certificates to bring her "nephews" into the United... more »
March 24, 2012 9:21 AM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia mayor says no smoke detector was working when a fire erupted inside a home, killing six children and two adults. Charleston Mayor Danny Jones tells The Associated Press only one smoke detector was found in a cabinet, and it was not working. A... more »
February 22, 2012 12:12 AM
JOPLIN, Mo. - A new city is beginning to emerge from the rubble of a tornado. New homes, new lives, and a new beginning are part of Joplin's rebuilding. So much has changed since the May tornado that destroyed the town.
"They finally had street lights. Just not too... more »
January 31, 2012 1:07 PM
VICTORIA - A cocaine bust in Victoria lands two McAllen men behind bars.
Troopers stopped the pair for a routine traffic violation, and then they found 23 pounds of cocaine hidden in child safety seats. Two girls, ages 3 and 5, were in the car.
Arturo Ortiz Jr.... more »
January 18, 2012 10:52 PM
WESLACO - Investigators are now calling a fire at an abandoned home arson. Weslaco Fire Chief Jimmy Cuellar says witnesses saw some children running out of the building just as the fire started.
It broke out on the corner of Border and San Benito just before noon on Wednesday.... more »
January 11, 2012 7:26 PM
A video shows the teenage driver of a truck trying to get away with 700 pounds of drugs. Officers caught him and took him to a place with more children like him. Most of them were busted for trafficking huge amounts of drugs.
"The cartels are easily influencing these... more »
January 11, 2012 12:56 PM
AUSTIN - John Allen Rubio was found guilty of brutally killing his three children in 2003 in Brownsville. He was convicted during his first trial and a retrial in 2010. Now he's appealing his second conviction.
Three-year old Julissa Quesada, 1-year-old John E. Rubio and 2-month-old Mary Jane Rubio... more »
December 21, 2011 5:34 PM
A Weslaco couple just wants their daughter back this Christmas. They're just one of five Valley families with missing children.
Claudia Galvan is the most recent Valley addition to the list of missing children. Claudia Galvan's parents say they have not heard from her since October. Others have been... more »
December 16, 2011 8:05 PM
PENITAS - Penitas police say a burglar was taking his young children with him as he committed the crimes.
The loot includes various pieces of heavy equipment plus one collectible firearm. The suspect is Jose Puga. The target was an out of the way building in Penitas. Joe Aguilar... more »
December 16, 2011 6:32 PM
PENITAS - Police say an Alton man took his young children with him as he committed several burglaries in Penitas this month.
Penitas officers arrested Jose Puga on Monday. They say he burglarized the same building several times over the last couple of weeks, taking heavy equipment and a... more »