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  • Juan Carlos Llorca, the El Paso correspondent for The Associated Press and a veteran reporter in his native Guatemala, has died

    November 25, 2014 9:37 PM

  • Guatemala to Educate Citizens about Executive Order Play Video

    November 21, 2014 10:20 PM

    MCALLEN - The Guatemalan consul in McAllen said its government is getting ready to roll out a marketing campaign. The goal is to help educate Guatemalans about President Obama's executive order and get them through the process if they qualify. Guatemalan Consul, Allan Perez, said President Obama's executive... more »
  • Feds Deport Gang Member Wanted in Guatemala for Murder Play Video

    October 28, 2014 3:14 PM

    SAN ANTONIO - Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Monday deported a Guatemalan man wanted in his country for two murders. Luis Ernesto Rodriguez, 30, was deported via charter aircraft from San Antonio and turned over to Guatemalan authorities at the Guatemala City International Airport. Rodriguez had an outstanding... more »
  • U.S. Marshal's Service Searching for Sex Abuse Suspect Play Video

    October 15, 2014 7:40 PM

    WESLACO - U.S. Marshal's Service deputies are searching for a sex abuse suspect who may be posing as a Catholic priest. Federal officials said the man, Augusto Rafael Cortez, 50, may be in the Rio Grande Valley. Cortez is originally from Guatemala. Investigators said Cortez is a former... 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 »
  • Guatemalan Consul Seeks to Overcome Language Barriers Play Video

    July 14, 2014 8:00 PM

    McALLEN - Officials with the Guatemalan consulate in McAllen are facing a new challenge - finding translators for seldom-spoken languages. Guatemalan Consul Allan Perez says it's common to have Border Patrol agents call his office for help with translations. The consul said he's not sure how to speak some... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Telephone Number Helps Investigators Identify Immigrant's Body Play Video

    June 30, 2014 7:15 PM

    EDINBURG - A telephone number on the back of a belt buckle helped Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department investigators identify the body of a young illegal immigrant. Interim Sheriff Jose E. Guerra said the body was badly decomposed. The telephone number on the buckle led them to the 11-year-old boy's... more »
  • Decomposed Body Identified as 11-Year-old Guatemalan Boy Play Video

    June 30, 2014 12:21 PM

    LA JOYA - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office identified a body found earlier this month as an 11-year-old boy from Guatemala. The remains of 11-year-old Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez were found outside La Joya on June 15. Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said this is the first time his... more »
  • Cuellar Urges Mexico to Create a Border Patrol Play Video

    June 3, 2014 8:07 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) is urging the Mexican government to establish its own border patrol. Cuellar said it would help stop the increasing flow of illegal immigrants from Central America. Many of those illegal immigrants from Central America end up in Brooks County. Some... 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 »
  • Guatemalan Consulate under New Leadership Play Video

    May 14, 2014 8:10 PM

    McALLEN - The Guatemalan consulate in McAllen has new leadership. Guatemalan Consul Allan Perez was transferred from Los Angeles to South Texas. Perez will serve all of South Texas with a much smaller staff than he had in Los Angeles. "I can tell you, from there to here,... more »
  • Part 2: The Face of the Undocumented Child Play Video

    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 »
  • Immigrant Held in Attack on Agent Play Video

    April 10, 2014 4:20 PM

    McALLEN - A judge has ordered an illegal immigrant accused of assaulting a Border Patrol agent to remain behind bars. The suspect, Cresencio Perez, of Guatemala, allegedly shoved the agent into a tree branch at approximately 4 a.m. Sunday. Two Border Patrol agents were tracking a group of... more »
  • Officials Launch Investigation into Immigrants Assault Play Video

    April 4, 2014 8:02 PM

    McALLEN - Guatemalan consulate officials said they will be following a sexual assault case in Starr County. Hector Lopez Zepeta was arrested near Rio Grande City and charged with the sexual assault of a Guatemalan woman.. "The guy was not the only one. She was raped two times... more »
  • Woman Smuggled from Guatemala Raped in U.S. Play Video

    April 2, 2014 4:04 PM

    MCALLEN - A woman smuggled across the U.S. border and then raped hopes to obtain a special visa while her smuggler sits in jail. The Guatemalan Consul in McAllen will be following this case closely. She says this case is rare because someone is actually in custody. Hector... more »
  • Guatemalan Consulate to Open in El Paso Play Video

    November 15, 2013 5:26 PM

    McALLEN - The Guatemalan government announced the opening of another consulate along the Texas-Mexico border. Consul Alba Caceres said the new consulate will be in El Paso. She said her government also is considering opening a consular office in Laredo. The Guatemalan consulate in McAllen is the only office that... more »
  • Guatemalan Consulate Gets More Manpower

    October 3, 2013 8:08 PM

    McALLEN - The Guatemalan consulate in McAllen is expanding to handle cases involving their compatriots entering the United States illegally. Officials said more Guatemalans are crossing illegally into the country through the Rio Grande Valley. Some of those people die in their attempt to make it north. Guatemalan... more »
  • Illegal Immigrant Charged with Assaulting Agents Play Video

    September 25, 2013 5:17 PM

    McALLEN - An illegal immigrant on Wednesday was charged with the assault of two Border Patrol agents. Court records show Alberto Mayen attacked the agents while he was being loaded into a Border Patrol unit. The incident happened in August. Mayen, a Guatemala national, allegedly twisted one of... more »
  • More Guatemalans Dying As They Cross the Border Play Video

    August 4, 2013 10:55 PM

    MCALLEN - The Guatemalan Consulate in McAllen is concerned about deadly numbers on the rise. Consulate workers say more people from their country are illegally crossing into the United States through the Valley and more more of them are turning up dead. Alba Caseras with the Guatemalan Consulate said, "This... more »
  • Guatemalan Woman Missing in Brooks County Play Video

    July 19, 2013 5:21 PM

    WESLACO - A Guatemalan national is searching for answers after his mother disappeared while being smuggled into the United States through South Texas. The woman intended to reach Houston where she planned to reunite with her family. Pedro Llanes said his mother made it to Falfurrias. "All... more »
  • Official: Guatemalan Consulate in McAllen Overwhelmed

    November 27, 2012 7:44 PM

    McALLEN - The Guatemalan consul in the Rio Grande Valley has requested more funds from her country to help locate compatriots that have gone missing in South Texas. The Guatemalan consulate in McAllen is the only Central American consulate in South Texas. Consul Alba Cacerez said most Central Americans... more »
  • Woman Asks for Help to Find Missing Cousin

    October 17, 2012 7:18 PM

    WESLACO - A Guatemalan woman is asking people in the Rio Grande Valley for Help. She is worried about her missing cousin. The woman contacted CHANNEL 5 NEWS through Facebook. Evelyn Escobar said her cousin Irving Jancarlo Monterroso traveled to the United States in search of a better... more »
  • US Marines Assist in Search For Mexico's Most Wanted Man

    September 3, 2012 6:54 PM

    GUATEMALA - Two hundred U.S. Marines are in Guatemala tracking down the most wanted man in Mexico. That's according to former DEA Supervisor Phil Jordan. The Marines are using high-tech military surveillance weapons to track down the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, Chapo Guzman. Guzman has evaded authorities for... more »
  • Woman Charged for Trying to Smuggle Child into US

    April 12, 2012 1:01 PM

    PHARR - Customs officers say a Pharr woman tried to smuggle a young child into the country. The 21-year-old is now behind bars. The smuggling attempt happened at the Hidalgo International Bridge last week. CBP officers say the woman tried walking into Hidalgo with a 5-year-old girl. Officers determined... more »

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