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  • 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 »
  • Memorial Stands at Site of Deadly Smuggling Crash Play Video

    August 26, 2014 8:20 PM

    PALMVIEW - A memorial serves as a reminder of a rollover that claimed the lives of nine illegal immigrants two years ago in Palmview. The deadly rollover ended in the parking lot of a day care center along eastbound Frontage Road between Abram and Goodwin roads. Teresa Cuellar... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Immigrants Hospitalized After Chase Play Video

    August 20, 2014 4:17 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Five illegal immigrants were hospitalized after a high-speed chase ended in a rollover south of Alamo. The chase began at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday near Pharr and ended just north of the intersection of Tower and Las Milpas roads. Authorities said the smuggler flipped his... more »
  • Woman in Federal Custody after DPS Stop Play Video

    August 19, 2014 10:43 PM

    McALLEN - The family of a La Joya woman is still waiting for her release from federal custody. She was detained following a traffic stop by DPS troopers Monday. Isabel Barbosa Salazar was driving on Military Highway near International Parkway in McAllen when a state trooper pulled her over... 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 »
  • Congressman Demands Action on Border Crisis Play Video

    August 12, 2014 7:48 PM

    WESLACO - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) says President Obama needs to do something about the humanitarian and immigration crisis impacting South Texas. Cuellar asked for a bi-partisan agreement to provide money and policy changes to the current immigration system. The congressman and some of his fellow Democrats are... 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 »
  • Yturria Ranch to Arm Employees Play Video

    August 12, 2014 7:38 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - One of the largest ranches in South Texas is planning to arm its employees after several encounters with armed smugglers. Dr. Frank Yturria, 91, said he has never seen so many smugglers trekking through his spread of land as he has seen this summer. The... 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 »
  • Game Wardens Face Increasing Threats from Smugglers Play Video

    August 11, 2014 8:10 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Game wardens are facing increasing threats from smugglers, officials said. A Texas Parks and Wildlife Department captain said his wardens are attacked and threatened regularly. "Our primary focus is hunting, fishing and water safety," TPWD Capt. James Dunks said. Their focus is shifting. ... 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 »
  • Residents Protest Border Convoy Press Conference Play Video

    August 8, 2014 1:03 PM

    MCALLEN - Residents protested a press conference held by a group called the "Border Convoy." The press conference took place outside the McAllen bus station Friday morning. The group is based in Murrieta, California and known for aggressive protests. Representatives said they are in the Rio Grande Valley to... more »
  • Murder Suspect Confesses to Robberies in Cameron County Play Video

    August 6, 2014 6:15 PM

    OLMITO - Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio says a man charged in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent is wanted for other crimes in his county. Lucio said Gustavo Tijerina, 30, confessed to committing at least three armed robberies in his county. Tijerina and alleged accomplice... 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 »
  • Scheme Targets Families of Unaccompanied Minors Play Video

    July 29, 2014 8:03 PM

    WESLACO - The FBI is asking families of unaccompanied minors to be on high alert for a new scam. Investigators two weeks ago realized they'd found a new trend targeting families of unaccompanied minors in the United States. According to investigators, employees or contractors at two holding facilities... more »
  • Official: Immigration Surge Draining Municipal Budgets Play Video

    July 29, 2014 7:51 PM

    McALLEN - The cost of helping illegal immigrants could mean the end of some municipal programs, officials said. The ongoing operation to care for illegal immigrants at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen is putting a strain on municipal resources, officials said. "This is all coming out of... more »
  • Hidalgo County on Alert for Possible Lawsuits from Immigrants Play Video

    July 29, 2014 7:42 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department is monitoring the jail for possible litigation from illegal immigrants. Some county jails in northern states stopped holding immigrants on Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers. The detainers keep immigrants in jail until Border Patrol agents arrive. Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department Spokesman... more »
  • Border Patrol Agents Rescue 2 Immigrants Play Video

    July 29, 2014 7:38 PM

    McALLEN - Border Patrol agents rescued two immigrants from the South Texas brush in two separate incidents. The first rescue happened Sunday evening. Authorities said a human smuggler abandoned the man near La Grulla. The man called 911 and Starr County dispatchers relayed his general location to agents.... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • MS-13 Member Arrested in La Grulla Play Video

    July 15, 2014 8:04 PM

    STARR COUNTY - La Grulla police found a member of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang among several illegal immigrants. A La Grulla police officer pulled over a vehicle after a traffic violation. The officer discovered several undocumented immigrants. The officer said he was shocked to find a member... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Texas town bans children who are in U.S. illegally

    July 9, 2014 7:34 AM

    HOUSTON (AP) - The city council of a Houston suburb has passed a resolution saying the city will not cooperate with any federal request to house immigrant children who are in the country illegally. The League City council voted 6-2 to adopt the resolution Tuesday night. It refuses any request... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Interim Sheriff: Militias not Needed Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:23 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County's interim sheriff said he does not need militias to help patrol the region. Interim Sheriff Jose Eduardo Guerra said militias from Texas and other parts of the country have contacted him. He said they offered to help deal with influx of illegal immigrants. Guerra... 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 »
  • Hearings Shed Light on DPS Surge Along the Border Play Video

    July 7, 2014 7:18 PM

    WESLACO - The state of Texas is conducting one of the most robust security operations to shut down Mexican drug cartels along the border, officials said. The Texas Department of Public Safety has a $1.3-million-a-week budget specifically for that purpose, state leaders said. Hours of congressional testimony shed... more »
  • CBP Ads in Central America Aim to Deter Illegal Immigration Play Video

    July 7, 2014 12:49 PM

    WESLACO - Customs and Border Protection officials are advertising in Central America to deter people from trying to cross into the U.S. illegally. The campaign is intended to show the dangers to children and families. The ads will run through the summer. A recent tide of Central Americans illegally... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • President to Redirect Federal Resources to Border, Requests Emergency Funding Play Video

    July 1, 2014 8:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama said he's done waiting for Congress to act on immigration. He plans to do what he can on his own. CHANNEL 5 NEWS has reported on the waves of Central American mothers and children arriving in the Rio Grande Valley. The president called... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Catholic Charities to Open Hub to Help Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    June 27, 2014 5:36 PM

    HARLINGEN - Catholic Charities is searching for a building to serve as a hub for services for illegal immigrants coming into the Rio Grande Valley. Officials with the agency said the building is in Harlingen, but did not disclose the exact location. Catholic Charities works with Border Patrol... 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 »
  • List Shows Illegal Immigrants Preparing for Border Patrol Questions Play Video

    June 25, 2014 7:46 PM

    WESLACO - People crossing the border illegally are getting prepped for questions they'll get once they reach the United States. A Border Patrol agent stationed in the Rio Grande Valley sent CHANNEL 5 NEWS a photo of a piece of paper with the list of questions. The list is... more »
  • Unaccompanied Minor Sent to Air Base Tested Positive for H1N1

    June 25, 2014 3:30 PM

    SAN ANTONIO - A representative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed one of the unaccompanied minors at the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio has H1N1 flu. A surge of children have been crossing alone and illegally into the United States. They've been transferred... 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 »
  • Homeland Security Secretary Addresses Committee about Wave of Unaccompanied Children Play Video

    June 24, 2014 1:05 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration is looking at "every possible option to help respond to a flood of immigrants crossing the border illegally in southern Texas." That's according to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. It was part of his prepared testimony for today's hearing before the House Homeland... 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 »
  • Governor to Visit Federal Housing Facility in RGV Play Video

    June 23, 2014 8:12 AM

    WESLACO - Governor Rick Perry will be in the Rio Grande Valley to tour a federal facility housing children caught crossing the border alone. He'll also visit the DPS Region 3 headquarters in Weslaco. Perry is scheduled for an afternoon briefing by DPS Director Steve McCraw regarding the state's... 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 »
  • 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 »

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