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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
July 28, 2014 4:17 PM
McALLEN - A church in Austin is sending boxes of donations to McAllen to help young immigrants.
Volunteers with the Saint James Episcopal Church packed up several cars with food, diapers and clothing.
"These are our brothers and sisters who are suffering and many of whom are not... more »
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 »
July 18, 2014 8:18 PM
McALLEN - A veteran says the immigration crisis impacting the Rio Grande Valley is overshadowing problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Juan Garcia served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He is one of the countless veterans who continue struggling with the VA for medical care.... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
July 3, 2014 4:54 PM
MCALLEN - For the first time, we hear from an Edinburg doctor who's treating patients at a McAllen church used as a rest stop.
He's seeing everything from the common cold to skin conditions.
Dr. Martin Garza says, when he heard about the need for medical help at... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
June 28, 2014 8:41 PM
MCALLEN - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is the latest high profile politician to visit the immigration children at the Border Patrol facilities.
CHANNEL FIVE's Lauren Kendrick went to a shelter to see what illegal immigrants have to say about politicians visiting.
Since we've been reporting on the... more »
June 27, 2014 7:17 PM
McALLEN - A woman was sexually assaulted after she crossed the border illegally south of Mission.
Police got a call about the assault Friday morning. The attack happened in the Anzalduas Dam area. The woman told officers her smuggler attacked her after they crossed the river.
Officials said... more »
June 27, 2014 2:42 PM
RIO GRANDE VALLEY - The effect of unaccompanied children into the U.S. reaches far beyond the Rio Grande Valley.
It runs all the way to Arizona, but with one major difference.
A news crew with an Arizona television station recently drove into the desert with a spokesman with... more »
June 26, 2014 7:16 PM
FALFURRIAS - Sex offenders, murder suspects and gang members are making their way through the vast rangelands of Brooks County.
The Vickers ranch is one of the many land spreads affected by the surge in illegal immigration. What is more concerning to the ranch owners is the type of... more »
June 23, 2014 10:15 PM
McALLEN - The federal government has plans to turn an empty warehouse in McAllen into a processing facility for unaccompanied children.
The city of McAllen revealed construction permits for four fence-enclosed pods inside the warehouse.
The warehouse is less than a mile from the current Border Patrol station.... more »
June 20, 2014 4:06 PM
MCALLEN - The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is stepping up and packing up, in order to help kids crossing the border.
The commerce is collecting backpacks for thousands of children crossing the border each day.
The backpacks will be filled with snacks, fresh clothes and other items Steve... more »
June 19, 2014 7:17 PM
WESLACO - Police arrested a 17-year-old at the Weslaco Border Patrol station after he became violent with other detainees.
Border Patrol officials will not speak about the incident. Weslaco police said they had never handled a similar case.
Two detainees were victims of the assault. The incident happened... more »
June 19, 2014 1:53 PM
RIO GRANDE VALLEY - A church group from San Antonio is in the Valley praying for the thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the border.
For some, it was a chance to see first hand the struggles and sacrifice some make for freedom.
"I think it's scary because you... more »
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 »
June 18, 2014 3:30 PM
REYNOSA - CHANNEL 5 NEWS is getting a look inside a government run shelter in Reynosa.
It shows a different view of how Mexico is handling the influx of unaccompanied minors trying to cross the border into the United States.
Only a few of them are detained weekly.... more »
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 »
June 13, 2014 3:36 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, issued a warning to the parents of the thousands of immigrant children flooding over the U.S. border from Mexico.
"Illegal migration is not safe. Illegal migration through the South Texas border is not safe. A processing center is no place for... more »
June 10, 2014 11:28 PM
McALLEN - A full-fledged humanitarian effort is underway along the border as volunteers rally to help illegal immigrants being released from Border Patrol custody.
Hundreds of immigrants are boarding buses to travel north of the Rio Grande Valley. Volunteers are taking food, water and other basic necessities to those... more »
June 4, 2014 9:17 PM
MISSION - The wave of women and children from Central America crossing the border illegally near Anzalduas Park seems far from letting up. Many of the immigrants said they are fleeing violence in their home countries.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS found a Salvadoran woman and her two daughters shortly after... more »
June 4, 2014 5:22 PM
WESLACO - Border Patrol agents detained 71 illegal immigrants Wednesday at a stash house in Weslaco.
The bust happened near Mile 10 and Mile 4 ½ roads. Authorities said the house didn't have air conditioning.
"I pass by here all the time. It didn't seem like it would... more »
May 30, 2014 3:07 PM
RIO GRANDE CITY - A Border Patrol agent, on bicycle patrol, was assaulted by an illegal immigrant he was trying to arrest. That is according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court Friday.
Arnold Rivera-Cardona is charged with assaulting a federal officer based on an incident that happened... more »
May 12, 2014 5:20 PM
McALLEN - Border Patrol officials continue transporting illegal immigrants out of the region to alleviate overcrowding at Rio Grande Valley detention centers.
The agency recently sent a group of illegal immigrants to Tucson, Ariz. CHANNEL 5 NEWS is trying to find out how many immigrants were transferred to that... more »
April 16, 2014 7:46 PM
PHARR - Federal agents detained nearly 30 illegal immigrants Wednesday at a stash house in Pharr. Authorities say an immigrant from the group escaped and called police.
Neighbors said they were too frightened to speak about anything they've seen happen at 707 Church Street. They said other neighbors are... more »
April 9, 2014 4:02 PM
RIO GRANDE CITY - Some parents in Rio Grande City have concerns about school security after an illegal immigrant was arrested outside a middle school Tuesday.
Rio Grande City school officials say they are planning to make some security changes after the incident revealed flaws in security.
Fort... more »
April 4, 2014 8:02 PM
McALLEN - Guatemalan consulate officials said they will be following a sexual assault case in Starr County.
Hector Lopez Zepeta was arrested near Rio Grande City and charged with the sexual assault of a Guatemalan woman..
"The guy was not the only one. She was raped two times... more »
April 1, 2014 10:52 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Border Patrol agents are interviewing 71 illegal immigrants found in Palmhurst.
Authorities said someone tipped them off to a suspicious vehicle near Glasscock and Mile 4 roads. They found the vehicle abandoned near an orchard. The immigrants were hiding nearby behind some palms. Federal agents now... more »
March 25, 2014 10:37 PM
WESLACO - An immigration attorney says illegal immigrants who ignore their release rules and don't show up to their deportation hearings ruin their chances of ever living here legally.
The comments come in the wake of a CHANNEL 5 NEWS investigation into the release of illegal immigrants by federal... more »
March 24, 2014 10:19 PM
PENITAS - Authorities recovered the body of an illegal immigrant who drowned Monday in a canal in Penitas.
The illegal immigrant and another man jumped into the water to get to the other side. Strong currents pushed the man into a tunnel under Expressway 83.
Rescue crews poured... more »
March 24, 2014 4:20 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities continue searching for a man believed to have drowned in a canal in Penitas.
The illegal immigrant and another man jumped into the water to cross to the other side, officials said. Strong currents likely pushed the man into a tunnel under Expressway 83.
... more »
March 17, 2014 8:03 PM
EDINBURG - The family of the Border Patrol agent at the center of an abuse investigation shared their story with CHANNEL 5 NEWS.
The family asked to share their remorse, grief and shock.
Border Patrol Agent Eduardo Manzanares allegedly abducted and assaulted a woman and two teenage girls.... more »
March 17, 2014 5:29 PM
McALLEN - A teenage girl was bound and naked when authorities found her inside a dead Border Patrol agent's apartment, officials said.
Officials said the agent, Esteban Manzanares, 32, allegedly kidnapped and assaulted three females from Honduras. FBI officials said investigators found duct tape and traces of blood in... more »
February 18, 2014 8:42 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - More than a dozen illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America were arrested Tuesday at a stash house north of Palmview.
Federal agents raided the house in the 8200 block of Grapefruit Lane, near Mile 7 and Abrahms roads.
Hidalgo County constables helped in the... more »
January 31, 2014 10:23 PM
STARR COUNTY - An illegal immigrant was seriously injured after the vehicle she was in slammed into a pole Friday in La Grulla.
The crash happened at approximately 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of FM 2360 and Old Military Highway. Officers where chasing the vehicle when the driver lost... more »
December 16, 2013 4:12 PM
EDINBURG - Police continue searching for approximately 20 people who fled after a chase Monday morning in Edinburg.
Edinburg police detained six after the SUV they were riding rolled into a drainage ditch.
The incident happened in the 1700 block of Raul Longoria Road. Police said an officer... more »
December 10, 2013 8:06 PM
PORT ISABEL - Two illegal immigrants died Tuesday as they tried to cross the Brownsville Ship Channel, officials said.
Police said the bodies of a 49-year-old and 15-year-old were found in the shallow waters off the ship channel.
A third person traveling with them survived. Authorities interviewed him... more »
November 20, 2013 4:27 PM
McALLEN - Two women and their children are in federal custody after they were rescued from the Rio Grande.
Fire crews rescued the two women and two toddlers from the river Tuesday near Anzalduas Dam. The women and children were trying to enter the country illegally when their smugglers... more »
November 19, 2013 7:50 PM
EDINBURG - Hidalgo County investigators are tracking the number of sexual assaults reported by immigrants who were smuggled into the country.
The Guatemalan consul in McAllen said more rape victims are reporting the attacks once they make it to American soil.
County authorities said they suspect some of... more »
November 14, 2013 8:16 PM
HARLINGEN - A wreck involving a detainee-transport bus early Thursday north of Harlingen could have been much worse, officials said.
About 40 detainees from El Salvador were injured when the LCS Corrections bus flipped on I-69E near Primera Road. Concrete barriers kept the vehicle from speeding into oncoming traffic,... more »
November 14, 2013 4:24 PM
HARLINGEN - A detainee-transport company launched an internal investigation after one of its buses rolled over early Thursday north of Harlingen.
About 40 detainees from El Salvador were injured in the incident.
State troopers said the rollover happened on I-69E. The detainees were being transferred from a Brooks... more »
November 12, 2013 9:04 PM
EDINBURG - The federal government is reneging on its promise to grant citizenship to immigrants who served in combat, a veterans' services expert said.
Felix Rodriguez said many immigrants joined the armed forces hoping they will be granted citizenship in exchange for their service in war.
Rodriguez is... more »
November 10, 2013 8:56 PM
SAN BENITO - An immigrant shelter in the Rio Grande Valley is seeing a large number of women and children because of growing violence in Central America.
More than 300 people have shown up at La Posada Providencia in the last couple of months. It's a shelter in San... more »
October 22, 2013 7:50 PM
OLMITO - The cost of incarcerating illegal immigrants has become a burden for Cameron County, Sheriff Omar Lucio said.
Lucio said the federal government is shortchanging local law enforcement agencies when it comes time reimburse them for the service.
The sheriff said the number of illegal immigrants in... more »
September 18, 2013 4:28 PM
BROWNSVILLE - An illegal immigrant was impaled by a metal rod after he fell while trying to climb over the border fence in Southmost Brownsville.
The incident happened Saturday in the Sabal Palm Sanctuary area. Paramedics took the 23-year-old Mexican national to a hospital after firefighters used the Jaws... more »
September 10, 2013 4:24 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - A small piece of paper found near a body may help investigators identify the dead person, officials said.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said the piece of paper had a woman's name on it.
Border Patrol agents made the discovery near Military Highway and Val... more »
August 24, 2013 11:10 PM
MISSION - A mutli-agency man hunt turned up empty. Law enforcement officials searched Saturday for an injured illegal, lost in the brush.
Fighting the heat and the terrain Mission police, Mission fire and U.S. border patrol officers were in a race against time.
Rescue workers believed a 29-year-old illegal... more »
July 23, 2013 4:31 PM
PENITAS - One person was taken to a hospital and seven more were arrested after a high-speed chase in western Hidalgo County.
The chase started on Tom Gill Road in Penitas and ended on Mile 3 and Goodwin roads. Authorities said eight people were in the vehicle when it... more »
June 3, 2013 4:16 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Border Patrol agents are searching for a group of illegal immigrants in a field south of Elsa.
The field is near Westgate and Mile 14 ½ roads. Agents have been at the site for more than three hours.
Agents arrested several people, but the search... more »
May 16, 2013 4:22 PM
WESLACO - Relatives of an illegal immigrant being smuggled from Mexico to Oklahoma said he never made it to his destination.
Pedro Lozano's girlfriend, Skyla Thomas, said he crossed the border on March 20. She said he called her from a stash house in McAllen.
Thomas said Lozano... more »
April 30, 2013 4:21 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Mission police and Border Patrol are investigating the sexual assault of a young illegal immigrant.
The 13-year-old girl from El Salvador told investigators she was part of a group being smuggled through the brush south of Mission.
She said her smuggler raped her. She escaped... more »
March 25, 2013 10:49 PM
EDINBURG - A smuggler will spend extra time in prison after being sentenced for raping an illegal immigrant.
The rape happened in October 2012 at a stash house in Mission, officials said.
A federal judge sentenced Juan David Alviso Gonzalez, 18, of Mexico to five years behind bars... more »
January 29, 2013 9:49 PM
CAMERON COUNTY - A Brownsville woman said her family was prepared for the worst when her cousin went missing three weeks ago.
Belinda Ayala said Mario Martin tried to swim across the Rio Grande to enter the United States illegally. He never made it to Brownsville, she said.
... more »
January 22, 2013 5:21 PM
HIDALGO - Police have not identified a body found behind a car dealership Sunday in Hidalgo.
The body was found behind the A&V used car lot. Police said the victim likely died of natural causes.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death.
October 23, 2012 10:19 PM
WESLACO - The family of a missing Tamaulipas man is asking for help to find him.
Christian Gonzalez entered the United States illegal last month. He went missing several days later.
Gonzalez was heading to East Texas. He wanted to see his sister make it through her last... more »
October 1, 2012 5:25 PM
DONNA - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies continue the search for two men wanted in connection with carjacking.
Officials said the incident happened at approximately 4 a.m. Monday near Donna Lake. Deputies said three men, armed with a knife and gun, stole a 2002 GMC Youkon from a fisherman.
... more »
July 26, 2012 5:38 PM
McALLEN - A South Texas man was convicted today of immigrant smuggling.
Border Patrol agents said they arrested Enrique Gonzalez Cavazos, 41, as he tried to smuggle 10 illegal immigrants near Fronton in March, 2011.
His lawyer said Gonzalez was too intoxicated to understand what he was doing... more »
June 11, 2012 5:19 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Sheriff deputies now know the identity of a body recovered Saturday near the Rio Grande, but will not release the name until the victim's relatives are notified.
Officers said Border Patrol agents spotted the body Saturday afternoon near Bentsen Park Road, close to where road ends... more »
June 11, 2012 12:12 PM
McALLEN - Hidalgo County Sheriff deputies are trying to identify a man found dead in a McAllen ditch.
Border Patrol agents found the body Saturday near South Bentsen Road. Agents turned the case over to the Hidalgo Sheriff Department.
Sheriff investigators said they are working with the Mexican... more »
March 19, 2012 6:56 PM
A Guadalajara man doesn't know when he'll see his family again. His attempt to be reunited with them was stopped today. He paid smugglers to get him into the United States, but things didn't go as planned.
This man was one of three illegal immigrants arrested by La Grulla... more »
March 18, 2012 12:05 AM
CAMERON COUNTY - A father says he's forced to live in the fringes of society because of his immigration status. The 22-year-old man we'll call "Pedro" says he was brought to America by his parents when he was just four years old.
"I can't find work. I mainly do... more »