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  • 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 »
  • Illegal Immigrant on Edge as DPS Patrols Increase Play Video

    June 30, 2014 8:00 PM

    HARLINGEN - An illegal immigrant fears the increased presence of Texas Department of Public Safety troopers in the Rio Grande Valley may cost him his livelihood. The man said he also fears for his family's wellbeing. "I crossed for the first time in 2000 and (again) in 2003,"... more »
  • Body Discovery Unsettles Residents Near La Joya Play Video

    June 30, 2014 7:57 PM

    McALLEN - A young illegal immigrant died yards away from houses near La Joya. Those who live in the area believe he may have been searching for help. Area residents think 11-year-old Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez got lost in the brush. The Guatemalan boy's body was found on June... 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 »
  • DHS Secretary Seeks to Dissuade Parents from Sending Children to the U.S. Play Video

    June 30, 2014 5:27 PM

    McALLEN - The Department of Homeland Security secretary on Monday said young illegal immigrants will not be allowed to stay in the country. Secretary Jeh Johnson made the statement during a visit to the Rio Grande Valley. He toured a Border Patrol holding facility in McAllen. Monday's visit... more »
  • Immigrants Arrested South of Donna Play Video

    June 30, 2014 5:19 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities detained 14 illegal immigrants Monday south of Donna. The incident happened at the intersection of Military Highway and FM 493. Border Patrol agents, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Hidalgo County deputy constables participated in the arrests. more »
  • 2 Arrested in Hidalgo County Home Invasion Play Video

    June 30, 2014 4:24 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested two men in connection with a weekend home invasion north of Weslaco. The suspects, David Martinez and Daniel Carbajal, went before a judge Monday afternoon to face aggravated-robbery charges. Investigators said Martinez and Carbajal used a shotgun to threaten the occupants of a house... more »
  • Startled Horse Leads to Boy's Body Play Video

    June 30, 2014 4:21 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A startled horse led to the discovery of a young illegal immigrant's body earlier this month near La Joya. The 11-year-old boy's body was found less than 100 yards away from several houses and 2 miles from the river. A family who lives nearby raises... more »
  • Body of 11-Year-Old Illegal Immigrant Found Play Video

    June 29, 2014 10:42 PM

    LA JOYA - The body of an 11-year-old boy has been found in La Joya. The body was found in the brush near South Patricio Perez street in La Joya on June 15, but we are just getting a word from the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department. The department... more »
  • Few Young Illegal Immigrants Tested for HIV Play Video

    June 27, 2014 10:21 PM

    McALLEN - Children entering the country illegally are being tested for things like scabies and lice. Most, however, are not being tested for HIV. The Valley AIDS Council is only testing children that may remain in the United States long-term. "What's important for folks to realize is that... more »
  • Volunteer Sets up Water Stations in Brooks County Play Video

    June 27, 2014 8:07 PM

    FALFURRIAS - A volunteer in Brooks County is setting out water bottles in the vast rangelands to help the illegal immigrants trekking through the region. Brooks County is one of the major human smuggling corridors in South Texas. Countless bodies have been recovered from the inhospitable brush. "Most... more »
  • Border Patrol Chief Thanks Hidalgo County Leaders, Civic Organizations Play Video

    June 27, 2014 5:08 PM

    McALLEN - The Border Patrol sector chief for the Rio Grande Valley issued a letter thanking city of McAllen and Hidalgo County leaders for their help with the ongoing immigration crisis. Kevin Oaks also thanked non-government and faith-based organizations for providing care for the thousands of illegal immigrants from... 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 Get Fresh Clothes at Brownsville Church Play Video

    June 24, 2014 10:40 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Volunteers at Immaculate Conception Church in Brownsville are packing dozens of bags of clothing destined for the landfill. The countless pieces of clothing belonged to illegal immigrants. Some immigrants said it felt good to get rid of the old apparel. "We spent five days without changing... more »
  • Families Search for Immigrants in Valley Shelters Play Video

    June 24, 2014 8:19 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Families from across the United States are calling shelters in the Rio Grande Valley looking for loved ones who crossed the border illegally. Workers at one shelter in Brownsville said the calls are constant. One of the illegal immigrants at a Brownsville shelter said she left... more »
  • Starr County Officials Demand Feds Secure Border Play Video

    June 23, 2014 10:24 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County is dealing with a high number of illegal crossings. Area leaders say it's going to take more than just a meeting with state leaders to fix the problem. City officials in Rio Grande City say they are happy the state is helping out,... 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 »
  • Police on Alert for Illegal Immigrants with Criminal Records Play Video

    June 20, 2014 10:33 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - The Hidalgo police chief says his department is working to keep illegal immigrants with criminal records off the streets. Many of those immigrants have reentered the country after they were deported. Several of those criminals were in courts in Hidalgo and Cameron counties on Friday. Their... more »
  • Special Border Patrol Team Helps Rescue Immigrants in Distress Play Video

    June 19, 2014 7:48 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY - As more illegal immigrants cross the border, the risk of death is becoming greater. Border Patrol officials deployed more agents trained in search and rescue to scour the brush in Brooks County for those who are lost and in need of help. The agents are... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • McAllen Deploys Emergency Units to Deal with Surge in Immigration Play Video

    June 18, 2014 10:38 PM

    McALLEN - Mobile facilities reserved for disasters like hurricanes are being used to care of the thousands of young illegal immigrants and families crossing the border. The city of McAllen has employees from six departments at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Volunteers are helping feed, clothe and provide medical care... more »
  • Official: Gang Members Among Immigrants Surrendering to Border Patrol Play Video

    June 18, 2014 4:52 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Border patrol agents say gang members are crossing our border illegally, turning themselves in and getting the green light into our country. They are unaccompanied minors. If they don't have a criminal record inside the U.S., then they are processed as any other juvenile.... more »
  • Illegal Immigrants Surrender to Border Patrol Near Anzalduas Bridge Play Video

    June 18, 2014 2:39 PM

    MCALLEN - Border patrol agents are busy processing more than 200 immigrants who were found in a group. Border patrol officials say they found around 250 men, women and children crossing the border illegally, near the Anzalduas bridge Wednesday morning. CHANNEL 5 NEWS was there as the last... more »
  • Stash House Bust Takes Neighborhood by Surprise Play Video

    June 17, 2014 10:57 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Residents of a neighborhood east of Edinburg were stunned to learn a stash house operated in their midst. The neighbors said they had no idea what was happening. Border Patrol said at least one person knew something was wrong, because that person tipped them off to... more »
  • Landowner to Raze Immigrant Camp Play Video

    June 17, 2014 10:49 PM

    MISSION - A Mission resident is preparing to bulldoze part of his property after finding a makeshift immigrant camp. Robert Mumford said he discovered the huts on his property in north Mission. The immigrants used a table top to scribble salutations to their home countries. Authorities even discovered... more »
  • UTPA Professor Says Illegal Immigration Helps Economy Play Video

    June 17, 2014 7:41 PM

    EDINBURG - The thousands of illegal immigrants crossing the border can have a positive impact on businesses, a University of Texas-Pan American professor said. Dr. Marie Mora, professor of economics at UTPA, said states may see an increase in sales tax revenues thanks to the illegal immigrants. Mora... more »
  • State Lawmakers to Address Surge in Illegal Immigration Play Video

    June 17, 2014 7:29 PM

    McALLEN - State lawmakers are waking up to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Rio Grande Valley. Democrats and Republicans are coming together to ask the federal government to do more to end the crisis. State representatives are planning a round table with Border Patrol to discuss how... more »
  • Immigrant Camp Discovered in North Mission Play Video

    June 17, 2014 7:15 PM

    MISSION - A Mission resident says he discovered a makeshift illegal-immigrant camp on his property. Border Patrol agents now are searching for that group of illegal immigrants. The huts were discovered in north Mission. The property owner stopped one of the smugglers who abandoned an SUV right next to... more »
  • Photos Reveal Overcrowding at Border Patrol Station Play Video

    June 17, 2014 5:19 PM

    WESLACO - Newly released photos shed light into the overcrowded conditions inside a Border Patrol holding facility in South Texas. The images show illegal immigrants crammed into holding spaces. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) shared the images with media outlets. The exact location of the facility was not revealed.... more »
  • Stash House Raided Near Edinburg Play Video

    June 17, 2014 5:15 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested more than 60 illegal immigrants after a raid at a stash house east of Edinburg. The stash house is located at 10303 Wind Drive, between Val Verde and La Blanca roads. Most of the immigrants are men. Border Patrol dispatched three large vans... more »
  • RGC Mayor Wants Federal Funds to Deal with Illegal Immigration Play Video

    June 16, 2014 10:18 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Mayor Ruben Villarreal is asking the federal government for money to deal with the wave of illegal immigration impacting the region. Villarreal said local governments should get some of the $2 billion the Obama administration is allocating for the immigration crisis. Rio Grande City's... more »
  • Weslaco Woman Accused of Trying to Smuggle Child Play Video

    June 16, 2014 7:54 PM

    HIDALGO - A Weslaco woman faces federal charges after trying to smuggle a 4-year-old boy across the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. Court records show that Diana Ramos showed her real son's birth certificate to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. Officers asked her if she had photos of her child... more »
  • New Brownville Center Offers Help to Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    June 16, 2014 5:28 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A new center aimed at helping illegal immigrants caught crossing the border is now open in Brownsville. Catholic Social Services set up the center at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception School. The center offers clothing and food to the immigrants. Volunteers go to the bus station,... more »

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