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  • 3 Killed in Reynosa Firefight Play Video

    September 30, 2014 4:22 PM

    REYNOSA - Three people were killed in a shootout Tuesday morning in Reynosa. The three gunmen died in a clash with Mexican authorities, officials said. The gun battle happened in a busy area of the border city. Mexican officials said the men were trying to escape from military... more »
  • Border Patrol Union Concerned about Body Cameras Play Video

    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 »
  • Crisis on the Border: Top Educator Tours Valley Schools Play Video

    September 10, 2014 4:18 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - The crisis on the border is a reality in classrooms around the country. Many of the children who crossed the border in the Valley, are enrolled in northern states. Teachers in the northern United States say they don't know how to handle the surge.... more »
  • Driver Finds Immigrants Hiding Atop His Truck Play Video

    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 »
  • Feds May Require Bonds before Releasing Immigrants Play Video

    August 28, 2014 10:59 PM

    WESLACO - Federal officials may start requiring illegal immigrant to post a bond before being released from Border Patrol custody. Federal officials admit releasing illegal crossers without making them pay bond has helped fuel the crisis on the border. The practice has been to simply issue a notice... more »
  • Police Report Spike in Gang Activity Play Video

    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 »
  • Immigrant Shelter Seeks More Donations Play Video

    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 »
  • Brooks County Landowners Want Unified Front against Illegal Immigration Play Video

    August 20, 2014 8:05 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Brooks County remains a busy human-smuggling corridor despite the reported drop in illegal crossings, area ranchers said. The ranchers feel different groups along the border are sending mixed messages about the reality of the border crisis. Recent remarks by McAllen Chamber of Commerce officials forced a... more »
  • First National Guard Troops Arrive in the Valley

    August 14, 2014 9:32 PM

    HIDALGO (AP) - The first wave of National Guard troops has taken up observation posts along the Texas-Mexico border. Several dozen soldiers deployed in the Rio Grande Valley are part of the up to 1,000 troops called up by Gov. Rick Perry last month, Texas National Guard Master Sgt. Ken... more »
  • Survey Shows Fewer Winter Texans Coming to the Valley Play Video

    August 6, 2014 3:15 PM

    EDDINBURG - New research from the University of Texas-Pan American shows the Winter Texan population in the Rio Grande Valley is shrinking. Penny Simpson with UTPA's business and tourism center says Valley businesses need to campaign north of the Valley to try and change the perception people have of... more »
  • Apartment Owners Prepare for Arrival of National Guard Play Video

    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 »
  • Smuggling Impacts Real Estate Along the River Play Video

    July 30, 2014 7:50 PM

    MISSION - Property along the Rio Grande is becoming difficult to sell. One real estate broker said the problem is getting worse. One 450-acre property has been on the market for more than two years. The area, he said, is prime farming land. "The crops here get plenty... more »
  • Military Task Force Returns to the Valley Play Video

    July 30, 2014 7:08 PM

    WESLACO - Military troops are in the Rio Grande Valley to help patrol the areas between the ports of entry. The little-know operation has been going on for years. The Marines and Navy sailors, active and reservists, get part of their military training along the border. "We have... more »
  • Church Worker Wants Better Treatment for Immigrants Play Video

    July 29, 2014 7:36 PM

    McALLEN - An employee at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen is upset with the way some people view and treat illegal immigrants. Retired Attorney Ofelia de los Santos helps out at the church where the immigrants are being cared for before their journey north. De los Santos... more »
  • Expert: Border Crisis Blown out of Proportion Play Video

    July 28, 2014 8:10 PM

    WESLACO - An expert on border security says the threat along the U.S.-Mexican divide is being exaggerated. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector are apprehending more people crossing into the country illegally than ever before. Still, the overall apprehensions across the entire southern border are down... more »
  • Chinese Immigrants Detained in Hidalgo County Play Video

    July 28, 2014 7:49 PM

    McALLEN - The surge of Central Americans crossing the border illegally appears to be slowing down. Now, there could be a rush of people from other countries. A CHANNEL 5 NEWS met a group of immigrants from China during a ride-along with Border Patrol agents. The agents said people... more »
  • Border Patrol Assigns More Agents to the Valley Play Video

    July 28, 2014 7:40 PM

    WESLACO - The Border Patrol has assigned 150 more agents to the Rio Grande Valley. Border Patrol officials say the agents are experienced, well-trained and equipped with the right skill-set. Officials did not say how long the agents will be in the Valley. more »
  • Militia Member Speaks About Group's Mission Play Video

    July 28, 2014 7:27 PM

    McALLEN - A member of the South Texas Minuteman Civil Defense Corps says her group seeks to help authorities by observing and reporting what happens along the Rio Grande. Olivia Garza is one of approximately 80 members the group has from Corpus Christi to La Joya. Garza, a... more »
  • National Guard Will Have Authority to Make Arrests Play Video

    July 28, 2014 5:22 PM

    WESLACO - National Guard troops will have the authority to make arrests once they are deployed to the Rio Grande Valley. Gov. Rick Perry announced last week he was sending up to 1,000 troops to help secure the border. CHANNEL 5 NEWS on Monday asked the Texas military... more »
  • 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 »
  • Committee to Discuss Human Smuggling Play Video

    July 24, 2014 12:53 PM

    McALLEN - State health and law enforcement officials are in the Rio Grande Valley to speak about human trafficking before a panel of state lawmakers. Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission will speak to the Joint Interim... more »
  • 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 »
  • Border Expert: National Guard Provides False Sense of Security Play Video

    July 21, 2014 7:37 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A University of Texas at Brownsville border security expert says deploying National Guard troops to the region may not have the impact many are expecting. Gov. Rick Perry on Monday ordered the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. Guadalupe Correa Cabrera said the... more »
  • Ted Cruz visits RGV

    July 19, 2014 9:16 PM

    McALLEN - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz was the latest politician to make his way down to the Rio Grande Valley. He was in town Saturday afternoon to get a first hand look at the humanitarian crisis. Cruz talked about his plans while he is here. He also... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • New Immigrant Facility to Open in McAllen Play Video

    July 17, 2014 5:38 PM

    McALLEN - A new immigrant processing facility is set to open Friday in McAllen. The facility is at the intersection of Ware Road and Ursula Avenue and will cater to unaccompanied minors. Starting Friday, the Border Patrol will be able to handle up to 1,000 unaccompanied minors inside... more »
  • Immigrants Diagnosed with Chicken Pox in McAllen Play Video

    July 15, 2014 7:57 PM

    McALLEN - Eight illegal immigrants being housed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church were diagnosed with chicken pox. Officials said the immigrants are in remission. Several other immigrants were diagnosed with scabies and lice. more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Perry Meets with DPS Officials in Weslaco Play Video

    July 10, 2014 12:41 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Gov. Rick Perry visited the Rio Grande Valley Thursday to get a closer look at the immigration surge in the region. The governor met with President Obama in Dallas Wednesday to discuss the immigration and humanitarian crisis affecting South Texas. Obama opted not to visit the... more »
  • Obama Delivers Speech in Austin Play Video

    July 10, 2014 12:39 PM

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

    July 1, 2014 10:31 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County Republican Party sent a letter to President Obama asking for action to mitigate the immigration crisis gripping the region. Party members urged the president to "adhere to current immigration law and to direct all agencies in charge ... to provide safe transport back to... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Charity Organizations Seek More Donations Play Video

    June 18, 2014 10:46 PM

    SAN BENITO - An organization in San Benito is trying to get more donations to help illegal immigrants released from Border Patrol custody. Volunteers with the San Benito Food Pantry said the number of people in need is growing, and they worry donors will get maxed out. More... more »
  • Costs Mounting in Effort to Help Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    June 18, 2014 10:43 PM

    McALLEN - Volunteer efforts and donations only go so far when it comes to the housing and caring of illegal immigrants being released from Border Patrol custody. Volunteers are donating time and items to help the immigrants at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen. The church still has to... more »
  • Lawmaker: Illegal Border Crossings Could Lead to Humanitarian Crisis Play Video

    May 30, 2014 7:40 PM

    WESLACO - Lawmakers in Washington say they are preparing to handle what they describe as a humanitarian crisis. The warning comes as Border Patrol agents are being overwhelmed by a surge in illegal crossings. Border Patrol agents are detaining approximately 1,200 people a day in the Valley. They... more »
  • Immigrant Overflow Hurting Laredo Sector Play Video

    May 29, 2014 7:00 PM

    WESLACO - The growing number of illegal immigrants detained in the Rio Grande Valley is causing a chain reaction across the nation. Border Patrol agents from South Texas to Arizona are feeling the pressure. Thousands of illegal immigrants arrested in the Valley are being sent to Laredo and... more »
  • Border Patrol Offers Programs to Help Agents Cope with Crises Play Video

    March 17, 2014 7:57 PM

    EDINBURG - Border Patrol officials said the agency has several programs to help agents cope with the stress of the job. Some agents volunteer to help those going through difficult times. Chaplains and peer support are part of the programs the agency offers. Chris Ott is a Border... more »
  • Brooks County Deputies Face Pay Cuts Play Video

    September 11, 2013 10:38 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Budget constraints could affect law enforcement in Brooks County, officials said. Illegal immigrant deaths and a lack of federal funding are draining the county's funds, officials said. The county faces a 20 percent budget cut. The Brooks County sheriff said he may lose deputies when the... more »
  • Water Crisis Threatens Valley Cities

    February 13, 2013 8:11 PM

    WESLACO - Texas Commission on Environmental Quality officials will meet with leaders from several Rio Grande Valley cities to discuss the water crisis in the region. Ten cities have been notified that they will not get water from the irrigation districts in less than two months. Officials said the... more »

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