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  • Feds Release Number of Immigrants Arrested in the Valley Play Video

    August 29, 2014 7:51 PM

    WESLACO - Federal officials released more information about the number of illegal immigrants arrested so far this year in the Rio Grande Valley. Recently released information puts the number at 245,000. Seventy five percent of those crossers are from countries other than Mexico. Most of those are from Central... more »
  • Mexico Cracks Down on Illegal Immigration from Central America Play Video

    August 29, 2014 3:31 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Mexico's largest crackdown on illegal immigrants seems to be working. Both Mexican and American officials are noticing a decrease in Central Americans trying to reach the United States. Authorities in Mexico are rounding up illegal immigrants before the have a chance to cross into... 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 »
  • Murder Suspect Charged with Aggravated Robbery Play Video

    August 28, 2014 10:55 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A man being held in Willacy County in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent was charged with seven counts of aggravated robbery Thursday in Cameron County. The suspect, Gustavo Tijerina Sandoval, also was charged with four counts of engaging in organized criminal activity. Cameron... more »
  • Teen Gets 20 Years for 9 Deaths Play Video

    August 26, 2014 4:13 PM

    EDINBURG - A judge on Tuesday sentenced a teenager to 20 years in prison for the death of nine illegal immigrants two years ago in Palmview. Junior Benjamin Rodriguez was 15 years old when he flipped the van he was driving in April, 2012. Prosecutors said he was fleeing... more »
  • Children who Cross Illegally Could Overload Donna ISD

    August 22, 2014 4:04 PM

    DONNA - The crisis on the border is now making its way into Rio Grande Valley classrooms. Donna ISD is expecting a wave of last-minute enrollments Monday, when classes are scheduled to start. About a dozen students will be children from Central America, who crossed the U.S. border illegally.... more »
  • Chase Leads to Stash House in Alamo Play Video

    August 21, 2014 10:38 PM

    ALAMO - A chase that ended in a bailout in Pharr eventually led authorities to a stash house in Alamo. Border Patrol first alerted Hidalgo County precinct 1 deputy constables to a possible stash house off south Val Verde Road in Alamo. The deputies followed vehicle that was leaving... more »
  • Feds Issue Guidelines to Schools on Dealing with Young Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    August 21, 2014 9:31 PM

    WESLACO - The federal government handed down a new set of rules to Texas schools on how to deal with young illegal immigrants from Central America. The U.S. Department of Education put together fact sheets for schools across the country. The pages detail what services schools must make available... 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 »
  • Immigrants Arrested After Chase in Las Milpas Play Video

    August 21, 2014 4:09 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested eight illegal immigrants after a chase that ended in Las Milpas, south of Pharr. The chase ended 4 miles south of Business 83 near Ciudad Mante and Val Verde roads. Authorities say the chase started at Sugar and Moore roads. Several immigrants bailed... more »
  • Report Revels ICE Released Detainees with Criminal Records Play Video

    August 20, 2014 10:56 PM

    WESLACO - Department of Homeland Security investigators released a report last week on the release of more than 2,000 people already in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. The agency claims it released the immigrants to deal with a budget shortfall and a surge of undocumented immigrants. The report... 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 »
  • Smuggler Uses Spikes During Chase Play Video

    August 20, 2014 7:41 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A human smuggler used spikes in an effort to flee from authorities Wednesday, officials said. The suspect threw the three-pronged spikes, also known as caltrops, out of his pickup truck during a high-speed chase, officials said. The spikes pose a serious threat to pursuing agents and... more »
  • Smugglers Attempt to Transport 4 Illegal Immigrants by Airplane Play Video

    August 20, 2014 5:29 PM

    HARLINGEN - They were caught in the act. Two men are now in federal custody after attempting to smuggle illegal immigrants on a private plane. Carlos Franco and Henover Marin were arrested Saturday by special agents and Customs and Border Protection. The men admitted that they were... more »
  • Several Illegal Immigrants Injured in Rollover

    August 20, 2014 2:19 PM

    PHARR - Five illegal immigrants remain in the hospital after a high speed chase led to a rollover south of Alamo this morning. It began near Pharr and ended up north of the intersection of Tower Road and Las Milpas Road. The smuggler flipped his truck into a... more »
  • Crews Contain Fire in Brooks County Play Video

    August 19, 2014 10:40 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY - Nearly a dozen fire agencies fought Tuesday night to extinguish a large brush fire near Falfurrias. Heavy winds spread the flames through 350 acres of brush at La Copa Ranch. A car hauling illegal immigrants got stuck in the sand off Interstate 69C and the catalytic... more »
  • Militia Sets Up Camp in Cameron County Play Video

    August 19, 2014 7:56 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A Cameron County resident says he welcomes the presence of militia members on his land. Rusty Monsees told CHANNEL 5 NEWS earlier this summer he would welcome the National Guard to his property. Monsees said he is still waiting for the guard. He has taken on another... more »
  • Cuellar Concerned About Funding for Border Security Play Video

    August 19, 2014 7:42 PM

    WESLACO - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) says he is worried that the country will lose notice of the immigration crisis impacting South Texas. Securing the border, the congressman said, will be very costly. "People want border security, but we have to keep in mind that border security... more »
  • 4 Immigrants Get Stiff Sentences in Kidnapping Case Play Video

    August 18, 2014 10:42 PM

    McALLEN - Four Mexican nationals were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for kidnapping and holding 21 illegal immigrants hostage. The case dates back to November, 2008. The defendants took the victims at gunpoint and held them at a mobile home north of Mission. Three women said Andres Perez... 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 »
  • Immigrants Flee Burning Home in Palmview Play Video

    August 18, 2014 4:23 PM

    PALMVIEW - Illegal immigrants from several countries were in a stash house when it went up in flames Monday in Palmview. Border Patrol agents took the 18 illegal immigrants, including six women and some juveniles, into custody. The small community of Palmview has been the scene of four... more »
  • Church Said to Offer Refuge to Illegal Crossers Play Video

    August 15, 2014 11:35 PM

    ROMA- A church in Roma is said to offer refuge to illegal crossers. CHANNEL 5 NEWS investigated. Border patrol agents say they have no jurisdiction on the church or school grounds and smugglers are aware of it. Agents tell CHANNEL 5 NEWS illegal crossers try to skirt the law... more »
  • Aerostat Launched in Roma Play Video

    August 12, 2014 7:45 PM

    ROMA - A new surveillance aerostat now flies in the skies above Roma. Roma residents say they hope the added surveillance will dive smugglers away from the town. "I put these (burglar bars on the) windows here all the way around the house," Roma resident Raul Moreno said.... more »
  • Murder Suspects' Vehicle to be Processed Play Video

    August 12, 2014 4:24 PM

    RAYMONDVILLE - Willacy County sheriff's investigators have yet to find out what is inside the vehicle driven by two illegal immigrants charged in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent. Sheriff Larry Spence said his deputies seized the getaway vehicle used by Gustavo Tijerina Sandoval and Ismael Hernandez... more »
  • Murder Suspect Arrested in Mission Play Video

    August 12, 2014 4:19 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested a man wanted on a murder charge out of Alton. The 28-year-old Mexican national was wanted in the murder of Jose Luis Gonzalez. He is the sixth suspect arrested in the case. Gonzalez was parked at a convenience store in Alton in December... more »
  • Authorities Search for Smuggling Suspect Play Video

    August 11, 2014 4:06 PM

    PHARR - Authorities are searching for a suspected human smuggler that led them on a chase Monday in Pharr. Border Patrol officials said the man had several illegal immigrants in his car. Agents arrested six of the immigrants after the chase. Officials said agents saw a group of... more »
  • Border Patrol Uses Airboats to Gather Intelligence Play Video

    August 8, 2014 9:56 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Border Patrol agents are using airboats at one of the areas with most illegal-immigrant traffic in the Rio Grande. Border Patrol agents say they find more illegal immigrants trying to cross into the U.S. through the Rincon community than any other area. The spot near the... more »
  • Murder Suspect Deported Multiple Times Play Video

    August 6, 2014 6:23 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - One of the men who confessed to killing an off-duty Border Patrol agent had been deported numerous times. Court records show Gustavo Tijernia Sandoval entered the United States illegally at least five times before Sunday's murder. Records show he illegally crossed into the U.S. in... more »
  • Sebastian Family Unknowingly Helps Murder Suspects Play Video

    August 5, 2014 7:42 PM

    SEBASTIAN - A family who helped two suspects accused in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent said they had no idea the men were being sought in the crime. The family said they thought the suspects were just two men in need. They said the incident was... 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 »
  • Rio Grande City Turns Smuggling Path into Bike Trail Play Video

    July 30, 2014 7:48 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Rio Grande City leaders hope a new bike trail will help curb illegal activity. Drug and human smugglers used the trail before it was converted into a recreational area. "The origins of these trails were just that. We would come down here ... you would... 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 »
  • Police Confiscate Marijuana After Chase Play Video

    July 30, 2014 1:04 PM

    LA GRULLA - A teenager and a man were hurt after their vehicle flipped while fleeing from police. Officers tried to pull over the suspects' 2003 Chevrolet Trail Blazer for a traffic violation Monday afternoon in La Grulla. Police said the driver, a 16-year-old girl, claims the male passenger... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Austin Church Sends Help for Young Immigrants

    July 28, 2014 4:17 PM

    McALLEN - A church in Austin is sending boxes of donations to McAllen to help young immigrants. Volunteers with the Saint James Episcopal Church packed up several cars with food, diapers and clothing. "These are our brothers and sisters who are suffering and many of whom are not... more »
  • Emergency Managers Are Concerned About Bad Weather and Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    July 26, 2014 7:55 PM

    MCALLEN - Rio Grande Valley Emergency Management officials are concerned that the large amount of people here illegally may pose a dangerous situation in the event severe weather like a hurricane threatens the Valley. People who cross the border illegally have long been part of conversation in law enforcement... more »
  • Border Patrol Says the Number of Illegal Immigrants Continues to Rise Play Video

    July 24, 2014 4:12 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Families are still streaming into the McAllen bus station, almost two months after U.S. Border Patrol began dropping them off there. It is where families wait before they continue on their long journey. The Border Patrol says, since the beginning of 2014, they picked... more »
  • 22 People Found in Stash House, 1 American Arrested Play Video

    July 23, 2014 11:34 PM

    DONNA- One U.S. Citizen is in custody after 22 illegal crossers were found in a duplex in Donna. Border Patrol says the majority of the people found at the home were from Central America. The landlord of the property, Rudy Trevino, says he rented the property out to the... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Rio Grande City Mayor Welcomes National Guard Deployment Play Video

    July 21, 2014 7:28 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Mayor Ruben Villarreal welcomed the governor's decision to deploy the National Guard to the border. The Rio Grande City mayor said the recent surge in illegal immigration is draining law enforcement resources in his city. Villarreal said police often are tied up waiting for... 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 »
  • Fire Crews Rescue Immigrants from Mission Storm Drain Play Video

    July 21, 2014 4:18 PM

    MISSION - Firefighters rescued two illegal immigrants after the men became trapped in a storm drain in Mission. The two men from El Salvador are in Border Patrol custody. Officials with the Mission Fire Department said this is the second time in three months that their crews have... more »
  • Perry Sending National Guard to Border Play Video

    July 21, 2014 10:09 AM

    AUSTIN (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that some state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally. Perry, a vocal critic of... more »
  • SPI Foundation Investigated for Illegal Gambling Play Video

    July 20, 2014 10:11 AM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - An eight-liner parlor, a small business and a home are now part of an investigation. Cameron County investigators say the three locations are connected with the Laguna Madre Scholarship Foundation. On their website, the foundation says they are a non-profit that helps veterans and their families... 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 »
  • Sheriffs Visit Falfurrias to Learn About Immigration Surge Play Video

    July 18, 2014 8:07 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Sheriffs from throughout the nation gathered in Brooks County to learn more about the immigration crisis affecting South Texas. The sheriffs said the surge in immigration represents a threat to their communities. Brooks County Rancher Dr. Mike Vickers and his wife Linda gave the lawmen a... 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 »
  • Valley Residents React to DPS Surge Play Video

    July 17, 2014 7:37 PM

    WESLACO - The Texas Department of Public Safety trooper surge along the Rio Grande Valley has drawn mixed reactions from residents and business owners. The $1.3-million-a-week surge seeks to close gaps in patrols and cut cartel smuggling routes, state officials said. A Progreso Lakes couple said they see... 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 »
  • Smugglers Operate in Plain Sight Across the River from Roma Play Video

    July 16, 2014 7:32 PM

    ROMA - Smugglers are operating in plain view and during the day along the Mexican side of the Rio Grande across the border from Roma. A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew watched as the smugglers blew up rafts, took payments and sent men floating across the river. The smugglers... 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 »
  • BCFS Walks Away from Palm Aire Hotel Project Play Video

    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 »
  • Immigration Advocate Speaks About Airport Incident Play Video

    July 16, 2014 12:37 PM

    WESLACO - An immigration advocate detained at McAllen-Miller International Airport Tuesday said the incident was not a publicity stunt. Border Patrol officials released Jose Antonio Vargas a few hours after his detention. Vargas was trying to board a flight to California. Vargas is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • RV Parks Uncertain About Impact of Immigration Crisis on Winter Texans Play Video

    July 14, 2014 8:21 PM

    SOUTH OF MERCEDES - Winter Texans are keeping a close eye on the immigration crisis unfolding in the Rio Grande Valley. Llano Grande RV Park and Resort resident Roger Sefton said it's unclear how illegal immigration will impact the Winter Texan numbers in the region. Sefton patrols the... 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 »
  • Palm Aire Employees React to Hotel Sale Play Video

    July 14, 2014 7:46 PM

    WESLACO - Employees of a hotel may soon be out of a job as the business transitions into a center for young illegal immigrants. BCFS Health and Human Services bought the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites after securing a multi-million federal contract to house young illegal immigrants. "I'm... 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 »
  • UN: Humanitarian Crisis a Multi-National Problem Play Video

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Rep. Hinojosa Visits Valley to Assess Recent Surge in Illegal Immigration

    July 12, 2014 8:23 PM

    EDINBURG - Congressman Ruben Hinojosa visited the Rio Grande Valley today concerning the unaccompanied minors situation along the border. During a press conference he said many of the people fLeeing to our southern border are doing so out of fear and desperation due to the threat of violence in... 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 »
  • Illegal Immigration a Burden on Rio Grande City

    July 11, 2014 4:06 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Starr County officials say the surge in illegal immigration is having an impact in their law enforcement budgets. The Texas Department of Public Safety recently increased its patrols in Starr County. Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal says he welcomes the state officers. He says... 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 »
  • Massachusetts Sheriff Says Immigration Surge is Impacting his County Play Video

    July 9, 2014 10:45 PM

    WESLACO - A sheriff in a county more than 1,500 miles from the Rio Grande Valley says his state and other states are becoming surrogate border states. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said he and other sheriffs from across the country plan to visit South Texas next week to... more »
  • Volunteer Helps Immigrant in Distress Play Video

    July 9, 2014 10:39 PM

    McALLEN - A volunteer at Sacred Heart Catholic Church stepped up to help one illegal immigrant woman who had just given birth. Monica Freeman said she will not forget the moment when the woman from Honduras walked in Wednesday with the newborn. "He wasn't my baby, but it's... more »
  • Militia Intent on Patrolling the Border Play Video

    July 8, 2014 10:45 PM

    VON ORMY - Members of a militia say they are preparing a military style operation to help secure the Texas border with Mexico. The group is organizing in Van Ormy, just south of San Antonio. The militia's commander, Chris Davis, spoke with CHANNEL 5 NEWS. "We are... more »
  • Parents Call Local Court Searching for Young Immigrants Play Video

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Militia Sets Up Command Center South of San Antonio Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:16 PM

    VON ORMY - A militia is gathering south of San Antonio to prepare for what they say is a mission to secure the border. A leader with the group said they will deploy to Laredo first and spread from there to other parts of the border. The group set... more »
  • Immigration Surge Draining Police Department's Budget Play Video

    July 7, 2014 7:45 PM

    SAN JUAN - Police officials with the city of San Juan want lawmakers to see firsthand how the immigration surge is impacting their budget. Sgt. Rolando Garcia said the massive numbers of illegal immigrants from Central America trekking through the city are draining the department's budget. Garcia said... 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 »
  • Woman Loses Track of Daughter in ICE Custody Play Video

    July 5, 2014 9:06 AM

    HOUSTON - A Houston mom is waiting to be reunited with her daughter. The four-year-old girl is just one of thousands who have been taken into custody by border patrol agents. Gladys Lopez says she was able to speak with her daughter, Eliana, briefly over the phone after she... more »
  • Houston Airport Used as Transfer Point For Illegal Immigrant Children

    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 »
  • Agents Find Illegal Immigrants in Trailer Play Video

    July 3, 2014 12:37 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY - Border Patrol agents at the Falfurrias checkpoint found 15 illegal immigrants inside an 18-wheeler early Thursday. A dog alerted agents to the immigrants during an inspection. Eleven of the immigrants were hiding between pallets of carrots. Four more were hidden in the sleeper cab. Agents... 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 »
  • Federal Government Warns Illegal Immigrants About Crossing the Border Play Video

    July 2, 2014 4:55 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - The federal government taking to the airwaves hoping to slow down the increase in illegal immigrants. Customs and Border Protection is now releasing radio and TV spots warning people about the dangers of crossing into the U.S. CHANNEL 5 NEWS has a copy of... more »
  • Border Patrol Stations Concern Texas Health Chief Play Video

    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 »

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