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  • Feds: Storms May Slow Down Illegal Crossings Play Video

    August 29, 2014 4:33 PM

    WESLACO - Rainy days could slow down illegal crossings in the Rio Grande Valley, Border Patrol officials said. Border Patrol agents said smugglers will stage immigrants south of the Rio Grande and wait for the area to dry up. Officials said muddy trails make it easier for agents... more »
  • Feds Report Fewer Illegal Crossings in the Valley Play Video

    August 18, 2014 4:26 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol officials say they have seen a decrease in the number of illegal crossings in the Rio Grande Valley. The agency still will send more agents to the region. Officials said they also are working with the National Guard to increase patrols in the area. ... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Evidence Illegal Immigrants Are Being Coached Before Crossing the Border

    June 25, 2014 2:56 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Evidence obtained by CHANNEL 5 NEWS shows immigrants are being told how to answer questions from Border Patrol when they cross the river. A Border Patrol agent in the Rio Grande Valley sent CHANNEL 5 NEWS a picture of a piece of paper found on... more »
  • Immigrants Use Social Media to Contact Relatives Play Video

    June 18, 2014 10:49 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - An illegal immigrant from Honduras is using social media to reach out to family in the United States for help. "My motivation has always been to get to a country like this one, where my brothers have bettered themselves and for my son to study," the man... more »
  • Illegal Immigrant: Reports in Central America Encourage Trek North Play Video

    June 3, 2014 6:57 PM

    McALLEN - Central Americans say news reports in their countries are encouraging them to make the journey north to the United States. A mother and child told CHANNEL 5 NEWS that the message being disseminated in their country is, "go to America with your child, you won't be turned... more »
  • Residents Concerned about Crossing at Shallow Points in River Play Video

    May 9, 2014 9:09 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Residents in one Brownsville neighborhood said they're concerned with the number of drug and human smugglers that cross the border. They told CHANNEL 5 NEWS it's happening more often, because the river is shallow after falling to just a foot deep in the area. Officials at... more »
  • Authorities Alerted After Immigrants Protest in Mexico

    May 2, 2014 11:21 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Hundreds of immigrants said to be protesting for human rights violations in Mexico grabbed the attention of federal officers at a Rio Grande Valley international bridge. Federal officials called for extra man power at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge after authorities were alerted the group might try... more »
  • Officials Ask Feds to Expedite International Crossings Play Video

    August 19, 2013 8:28 PM

    PHARR - Rio Grande Valley legislators are asking the federal government to improve traffic flow at international crossings. Truck drivers said it may take up to eight hours just to cross an international bridge. "Right now, (it's) an hour and a half, but I have waited up to... more »
  • Imports Delayed by Software Crash Play Video

    May 18, 2013 9:36 PM

    WESLACO - Saturday, truck drivers across the Rio Grande Valley and the United States were delayed because of a software crash. Valley truck drivers said they waited five hours to get into the U.S. Truck driver Juan Manuel Casillas Moran sat in his vehicle like other truckers along the... more »
  • Crossing Guard Credited With Saving 2 Children Play Video

    April 11, 2013 8:29 PM

    McALLEN - A school crossing guard's training and instincts played a crucial role in safeguarding two children during an accident Thursday morning, school district officials said. "She happened to see a car approaching that did not appear to be slowing down. She was able to shove the two children... more »
  • Bicycle Traffic Increases at International Bridge

    March 14, 2013 8:55 PM

    McALLEN - Cross-border commuters are turning to bicycles for a faster and less expensive way to traverse the international bridge in Hidalgo. Bridge administrators said pedestrian traffic is up nearly 8 percent from last year. Many of those pedestrians are actually bicycle riders, they said. Cyclists say... more »
  • Police Chief Wants More Security at Hidalgo Bridge

    November 7, 2012 4:34 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - The city of Hidalgo police chief wants increased security at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. The request comes after a crash that injured five people, including two children. The access road to the bridge has old speed bumps to slow down drivers. Five miles away, at... more »
  • U.S. Consulate in Matamoros Issues Warning About Travel in Mexico

    December 23, 2011 7:59 PM

    MATAMOROS, MEXICO - The U.S. Consulate in Matamoros is warning folks not to cross the border this Christmas if they don't have to. The consulate issued an emergency warning after attacks in Veracruz Thursday. Some folks are listening to the warnings and choosing to spend the holiday alone but safe.... more »

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