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  • DHS Changes to Impact Juvenile Courts Play Video

    November 25, 2014 6:23 PM

    EDINBURG - One in three juveniles in the Hidalgo County court system is in the country illegally, records show. A change in Homeland Security policies may change the way the federal government looks at those juveniles. Those cases eventually end up in Judge Jesse Contreras' 449th District Court.... more »
  • Immigrants Prepare to Apply for Work Permits Play Video

    November 24, 2014 7:23 PM

    WESLACO - President Obama's immigration announcement has sparked hope among illegal immigrant parents. Many already are making appointments with lawyers for help, even though they still have to wait about six months to sign up. Illegal immigrants who want to take advantage of the president's executive action protecting... more »
  • DHS Outlines Rules for Deportations Play Video

    November 21, 2014 6:45 PM

    MCALLEN - The Department of Homeland Security has been quick to issue new guidelines for federal law enforcement agents regarding the arrest and deportation of illegal immigrants. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson's visited the Valley a day after president Obama announced he will take executive action to allow approximately 5... more »
  • DHS Secretary Announces Changes to Immigration Enforcement Play Video

    November 21, 2014 6:43 PM

    MCALLEN - Changes will be made to the way illegal immigrants are investigated, processed and deported. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents Friday that their priorities will change. "We are realigning our enforcement priorities in a way I believe will... more »
  • Obama to Announce Immigration Steps Play Video

    November 19, 2014 5:09 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he will sidestep Congress and unveil administrative actions on immigration. Obama said the measures would keep as many as 5 million illegal immigrants from being deported. Obama declared that Washington has allowed the immigration problem "to fester for too long." The... more »
  • Militia Members Indicted Play Video

    November 4, 2014 7:46 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Two members of a civilian militia, which deployed along the Rio Grande near Brownsville, are now facing federal firearms charges. Prosecutors announced the cases Tuesday against 48-year-old Kevin Lyndel Massey, of Quinlan, and 45-year-old John Frederick Foerster, of Brownsville. Both men were indicted for unlawful possession... more »
  • Precinct 3 Constables on Alert despite Drop in Illegal Crossings Play Video

    November 3, 2014 6:36 PM

    MISSION - Hidalgo County Precinct 3 deputy constables say they keep working long hours despite the drop in illegal crossings. The deputies continue patrolling around the clock along the Rio Grande near Anzalduas Park. Thousands of illegal immigrants crossed into the United States through the Anzalduas Park area... more »
  • Police use Spikes to End Chase

    October 16, 2014 6:29 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Spikes were used Thursday to stop a human smuggler. Palmview police said they hadn't used the spikes in months. Authorities arrested the suspected smuggler after the chase ended in a crash in Mission. Border Patrol agents detained eight illegal immigrants at the scene. Palmview police used the... more »
  • Agents Rescue Immigrant from Brooks County Brush Play Video

    October 16, 2014 12:37 PM

    McALLEN - A Guatemalan man continues recovering at a local hospital after being rescued from the brush in Brooks County. The man called 911 after he severely sprained his ankle. Border Patrol agents had to drive on sandy ranch roads for an hour and then hike 30 minutes... more »
  • Lawmaker Unveils Border Security Plan

    October 7, 2014 10:49 AM

    WESLACO - A new plan for securing the Texas-Mexico border could soon be considered by federal lawmakers. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released a plan called "Blueprint for Southern Border Security" . McCaul is the chairman for the Committee on Homeland Security in the U.S. House of Representatives. ... more »
  • Starr County Man Charged with Smuggling Play Video

    October 3, 2014 4:55 PM

    STARR COUNTY - A Rio Grande City man is in trouble with the law after he was caught with four illegal immigrants in his vehicle. Sullivan City police said an officer tried to pull over the driver when he noticed the 2014 Chevrolet Impala had a broken taillight. The driver... more »
  • Edinburg Woman on Edge after Suspect Runs into her Store Play Video

    October 1, 2014 7:04 PM

    EDINBURG - A business owner endured some tense moments Wednesday after a man fleeing from authorities ran into her store looking for a place to hide. Gloria Saenz said she was hard at work outside her Frontier Rustic Store around 10:30 a.m. when the incident happened. She was carving... more »
  • Feds to Open New Immigrant Center in Dilley Play Video

    September 26, 2014 5:25 PM

    WESLACO - Federal authorities say they will open a new center for illegal immigrants in Dilley. Border Patrol said the center is necessary because they expect another wave of illegal immigrants. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D. Laredo) says thousands of families from Central America are still crossing illegally... more »
  • 2 Sentenced in Human-Smuggling Case Play Video

    September 24, 2014 5:30 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The people who packed illegal immigrants into a Brownsville home are behind bars. Rodrigo Gonzalez Alvarez, 22, was sentenced to five years in prison. Rafael de la Cruz Bautista, 29, got five years and four months. The pair held 72 illegal immigrants at a stash house... more »
  • Muddy Roads a Challenge for Border Patrol Agents Play Video

    September 18, 2014 8:51 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Recent rains have forced Border Patrol agents to do more patrols on foot. The muddy roads are keeping their vehicles out of some areas, agents said. Wildlife refuge lands in Hidalgo County are hotspots for illegal border crossers. The recent rains turned roads in those... more »
  • Border Patrol Union Concerned about Body Cameras Play Video

    September 18, 2014 8:29 PM

    McALLEN - A new piece of equipment is causing concern among some Border Patrol agents. The agents soon will be outfitted with body cameras. The spokesman for the agent's union says he is concerned the cameras will be used more to reprimand agents on minor agency violations rather than... more »
  • Bond Set for Soldier Accused of Smuggling Play Video

    September 17, 2014 4:35 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A U.S. Army soldier accused of human smuggling will be released on bond. Eric Rodriguez is accused of trying to smuggle two illegal immigrants through the Sarita checkpoint. The immigrants were found behind the front seat of the soldier's pickup truck. Investigators said they were covered by... more »
  • Alleged Smuggler Arrested at Sarita Checkpoint Play Video

    September 15, 2014 11:02 PM

    SARITA - An alleged human smuggler dressed in military garb tried to get two illegal immigrants through the Sarita checkpoint. Border Patrol agents arrested Eric Rodriguez when they discovered the immigrants on the floorboard of his pickup truck. Officials said the immigrants were hiding under Rodriguez's military jacket.... more »
  • Militia Members Arrested in Brownsville Play Video

    September 15, 2014 8:52 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The leader of a border volunteer group says he will not allow two members back on his camp once they are released from county jail. The arrests are detrimental to the group's agenda, he said. Officials say Steven Kurt Brooks, one of the group's members, left... more »
  • Militia Threatens to Block Traffic at International Bridges Play Video

    September 11, 2014 7:41 PM

    McALLEN - Law enforcement officials and city leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley are preparing for what they say could result in tense moments or violence. Officials say they received word that members of a militia are threatening to block ports of entry. In Starr County, international... more »
  • Feds Unable to Track Immigrants Released from Custody Play Video

    September 10, 2014 5:36 PM

    WESLACO - Federal officials on Wednesday issued a statement to CHANNEL 5 NEWS saying they have no way of tracking illegal immigrants who fail to report to a deportation officer. Border Patrol officials have released thousands of illegal immigrants at bus stations. The immigrants are given a notice with... more »
  • Immigrant Remains Hospitalized after Crash in Brownsville Play Video

    September 8, 2014 5:27 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - One illegal immigrant remains hospitalized after a crash that left seven injured in Brownsville. The crash happened Friday at 4th and Jefferson streets. A vehicle loaded with illegal immigrants slammed into another car at the intersection, officials said. One person fled from the scene. Authorities said... more »
  • Smugglers Take Advantage of Aerostat's Absence Play Video

    September 3, 2014 10:45 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A spike in illegal activity near Penitas may have been caused by the absence of an aerostat. Border Patrol officials said bad weather forced the grounding of the blimp-like surveillance tool. Penitas Police Chief Roel Bermea said smugglers take advantage of the aerostat's absence. ... more »
  • Mixed Reactions as National Guard Begins Patrols in La Joya Play Video

    September 3, 2014 7:55 PM

    LA JOYA - Residents in La Joya are taking notice of the Texas National Guard troops in the area. The troops' presence is drawing mixed reactions from residents. Some of the residents said they don't feel any more secure, despite the law enforcement surge in the region. "If... more »
  • Technology Helps Curb Smuggling in Brooks County Play Video

    September 2, 2014 8:22 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Technology is forcing smugglers to change their routes, Brooks County ranchers said. The South Texas county is a major human-smuggling corridor, but two aerostats may be forcing smugglers to seek alternate routes. Federal authorities deployed the aerostats in Brooks County to get a bird's eye view... more »
  • Driver Finds Immigrants Hiding Atop His Truck Play Video

    September 2, 2014 8:03 PM

    EDINBURG - Two illegal immigrants stowed away in a big rig nearly cost the driver his job. Commercial drivers are required by law to check their trucks and cargo on a regular basis. Those in the Rio Grande Valley also must check for illegal immigrants. Crystal Luna said... more »
  • 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 »
  • Feds: Storms May Slow Down Illegal Crossings Play Video

    August 29, 2014 4:33 PM

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

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