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  • Records: 3 Soldiers had Previous Human-Smuggling Arrest Play Video

    October 31, 2014 6:10 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Three Army soldiers face up to 10 years in prison for trying to transport illegal immigrants through a Border Patrol checkpoint. Eric Alexander Rodriguez, 20, and two other soldiers pleaded guilty to the charges Friday in federal court in Brownsville. Rodriguez was arrested in September when he... more »
  • Brooks County Officials Report Drop in Immigrant Deaths Play Video

    October 27, 2014 7:14 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Brooks County officials say fewer illegal immigrants are losing their lives in the brush. Others say the bodies are there, but they are not being found. Brooks County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Benny Martinez said the body count stands at 55 so far this year. Last year,... 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 »
  • 3 Charged in Fatal Rollover Play Video

    October 6, 2014 4:27 PM

    McALLEN - Three men face federal charges for their part in a fatal rollover. The rollover happened Friday night near La Joya. A 22-year-old Guatemalan woman died in that wreck. Juan Manuel Garcia, Eloy Mendoza Jr. and Jose Lovato Balleza are all charged with alien smuggling. Investigators... more »
  • Guatemalan Killed in Rollover Play Video

    October 3, 2014 12:28 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A woman from Guatemala died Friday in a rollover near La Joya. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers said the 22-year-old woman was part of a group traveling on a Ford pickup truck. They said the driver was speeding and lost control while heading west on... 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 »
  • Thousands of Immigrant Families Fail to Meet with Immigration Agents

    September 25, 2014 1:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Homeland Security Department is acknowledging thousands of young families caught crossing the border illegally this year failed to meet with immigration agents, as they were instructed. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials made the admissioin to immigration advocates during a private meeting in Washington. ICE officials said... more »
  • Soldier Accused of Human Smugglng Play Video

    September 16, 2014 8:15 PM

    SARITA - Border Patrol agents arrested a soldier on human-smuggling charges last week at the Sarita checkpoint. Border Patrol agents arrested Eric Rodriguez when they discovered the immigrants in his pickup truck. Officials said the immigrants were hiding under bed sheet and Rodriguez's military jacket. Rodriguez was... more »
  • Cubans Recall Harrowing Days at Sea Play Video

    September 8, 2014 9:44 PM

    SAN BENITO - Six Cubans who washed ashore on South Padre Island are working to understand American life. The men survived 20 days at sea. The men on Monday recalled the dangers they faced during their passage through the Gulf of Mexico. "Above all else, we're just grateful... 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 »
  • Cubans Remain at San Benito Shelter Play Video

    September 8, 2014 4:18 PM

    SAN BENITO - Six Cuban men are assimilating to life in the United States days after washing ashore on South Padre Island. "We are confronting a new reality; it's nothing like Cuba," one of the men said. "It's a new world ... like being born again," the man... more »
  • Angler Helps Cubans Stranded on South Padre Island Play Video

    September 2, 2014 7:43 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A Houston man on a fishing trip got more than he expected Monday. Gustavo Burr and his girlfriend were on South Padre Island looking for the right spot to cast their lines. They noticed a strange boat near shore about 10 miles north of Beach... 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 »
  • Murder Suspect Charged with Aggravated Robbery Play Video

    August 28, 2014 10:55 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A man being held in Willacy County in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent was charged with seven counts of aggravated robbery Thursday in Cameron County. The suspect, Gustavo Tijerina Sandoval, also was charged with four counts of engaging in organized criminal activity. Cameron... more »
  • Children who Cross Illegally Could Overload Donna ISD

    August 22, 2014 4:04 PM

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

    August 20, 2014 2:19 PM

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

    August 19, 2014 10:40 PM

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

    August 12, 2014 4:24 PM

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

    August 12, 2014 4:19 PM

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

    August 11, 2014 4:06 PM

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

    August 6, 2014 6:23 PM

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

    August 5, 2014 7:42 PM

    SEBASTIAN - A family who helped two suspects accused in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent said they had no idea the men were being sought in the crime. The family said they thought the suspects were just two men in need. They said the incident was... more »
  • Police Confiscate Marijuana After Chase Play Video

    July 30, 2014 1:04 PM

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

    July 28, 2014 4:17 PM

    McALLEN - A church in Austin is sending boxes of donations to McAllen to help young immigrants. Volunteers with the Saint James Episcopal Church packed up several cars with food, diapers and clothing. "These are our brothers and sisters who are suffering and many of whom are not... more »
  • Fire Crews Rescue Immigrants from Mission Storm Drain Play Video

    July 21, 2014 4:18 PM

    MISSION - Firefighters rescued two illegal immigrants after the men became trapped in a storm drain in Mission. The two men from El Salvador are in Border Patrol custody. Officials with the Mission Fire Department said this is the second time in three months that their crews have... more »
  • Veteran: Immigration Crisis Overshadows VA Problems Play Video

    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 »
  • Sheriffs Visit Falfurrias to Learn About Immigration Surge Play Video

    July 18, 2014 8:07 PM

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

    July 18, 2014 7:51 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Some landowners say they will not welcome a civilian militia onto their lands. The landowners said the Minutemen militia will bring only problems to the region. State law enforcement officials confirmed the presence of the militia in the region. The group was initially trying... more »
  • Militia Seeks to Set Up Camp in Hidalgo County Play Video

    July 18, 2014 4:23 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - State law enforcement officials confirmed the presence of a civilian militia in the Rio Grande Valley. The group, however, has not made contact with any law enforcement group. The group, known as the Minutemen, was initially trying to set up camp earlier this week near... more »
  • 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 »
  • Immigration Advocate Speaks About Airport Incident Play Video

    July 16, 2014 12:37 PM

    WESLACO - An immigration advocate detained at McAllen-Miller International Airport Tuesday said the incident was not a publicity stunt. Border Patrol officials released Jose Antonio Vargas a few hours after his detention. Vargas was trying to board a flight to California. Vargas is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and... more »
  • 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 »
  • Deputy Constables Rescue Kidnapped Immigrant Play Video

    July 14, 2014 10:45 PM

    PENITAS - Two people are in custody after a Honduran woman was held for ransom at a stash house in Penitas. Authorities say investigators were able to use technology to pinpoint the woman's exact location. Authorities say there have been more cases of illegal immigrants held in stash... more »
  • Hotel to Undergo Transformation into Immigrant Center Play Video

    July 14, 2014 7:38 PM

    WESLACO - A center for unaccompanied minors set to open in Weslaco later this year will be the first of its kind in the nation, officials with a network of non-profits said. BCFS Health and Human Services secured a multi-million federal contract to house young illegal immigrants at the... more »
  • BCFS Reveals Plans for Palm Aire Hotel Play Video

    July 14, 2014 4:22 PM

    WESLACO - BCFS Health and Human Services secured a $50-million federal contract to house young illegal immigrants in Weslaco. The network of non-profit agencies will take over the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites on FM 1015. BCFS officials say they plan to have 600 beds once the hotel... more »
  • Guatemalan Immigrant Buried in Hometown Play Video

    July 13, 2014 10:14 AM

    SAN JOSE LAS FLORES, GUATEMALA - Family members are remembering a fifteen-year-old Guatemalan boy whose death became a symbol of the perils facing children who cross into the United States illegally. A funeral service was held Saturday for Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, 15, in his home. His grey casket... more »
  • Weslaco Hotel to Become Immigrant Housing Play Video

    July 11, 2014 6:28 PM

    WESLACO - The Palm Aire Hotel and Suites will be turned into a housing complex for young illegal immigrants. Baptist Child and Family Services will take over the hotel on Interstate 2 and International Blvd. in Weslaco. The group says children will receive basic education, as well as... more »
  • Doctor Offers Help Immigrant Mothers and Children Play Video

    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 »
  • Agents Find Illegal Immigrants in Trailer Play Video

    July 3, 2014 12:37 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY - Border Patrol agents at the Falfurrias checkpoint found 15 illegal immigrants inside an 18-wheeler early Thursday. A dog alerted agents to the immigrants during an inspection. Eleven of the immigrants were hiding between pallets of carrots. Four more were hidden in the sleeper cab. Agents... more »
  • Body Discovery Unsettles Residents Near La Joya Play Video

    June 30, 2014 7:57 PM

    McALLEN - A young illegal immigrant died yards away from houses near La Joya. Those who live in the area believe he may have been searching for help. Area residents think 11-year-old Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez got lost in the brush. The Guatemalan boy's body was found on June... more »
  • Telephone Number Helps Investigators Identify Immigrant's Body Play Video

    June 30, 2014 7:15 PM

    EDINBURG - A telephone number on the back of a belt buckle helped Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department investigators identify the body of a young illegal immigrant. Interim Sheriff Jose E. Guerra said the body was badly decomposed. The telephone number on the buckle led them to the 11-year-old boy's... more »
  • 2 Arrested in Hidalgo County Home Invasion Play Video

    June 30, 2014 4:24 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested two men in connection with a weekend home invasion north of Weslaco. The suspects, David Martinez and Daniel Carbajal, went before a judge Monday afternoon to face aggravated-robbery charges. Investigators said Martinez and Carbajal used a shotgun to threaten the occupants of a house... more »
  • Body of 11-Year-Old Illegal Immigrant Found Play Video

    June 29, 2014 10:42 PM

    LA JOYA - The body of an 11-year-old boy has been found in La Joya. The body was found in the brush near South Patricio Perez street in La Joya on June 15, but we are just getting a word from the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department. The department... more »
  • Illegal Immigrant Speaks About Politicians Visiting Border Patrol Facilities Play Video

    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 »
  • Immigrant Hospitalized after Sexual Assault Play Video

    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 »
  • Increase in Illegal Immigrant Children Affects Other Border States Play Video

    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 »
  • Brooks County Ranchers Worry About Criminal Immigrants Play Video

    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 »
  • Feds to Convert McAllen Warehouse into Immigrant-Processing Facility Play Video

    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 »
  • Chamber of Commerce Offers Backpacks to Immigrant Children Play Video

    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 »
  • Police Arrest Illegal Immigrant after Assault at Border Patrol Station Play Video

    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 »
  • San Antonio Church Group Prays for Unaccompanied Illegal Immigrant Children Play Video

    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 »
  • Official: Gang Members Among Immigrants Surrendering to Border Patrol Play Video

    June 18, 2014 4:52 PM

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

    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 »
  • Landowner to Raze Immigrant Camp Play Video

    June 17, 2014 10:49 PM

    MISSION - A Mission resident is preparing to bulldoze part of his property after finding a makeshift immigrant camp. Robert Mumford said he discovered the huts on his property in north Mission. The immigrants used a table top to scribble salutations to their home countries. Authorities even discovered... more »
  • Homeland Security Secretary Speaks About Illegal Immigrant Children Play Video

    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 »
  • Officials: No Hot Meals for Hungry Immigrants Play Video

    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 »
  • Illegal Immigrant Seeks Refuge from Violence in Home Country Play Video

    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 »
  • 71 Immigrants Arrested at Stash House in Weslaco Play Video

    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 »
  • Border Patrol Agent Attacked near Rio Grande City Play Video

    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 »
  • Immigrants Transferred out Valley Detention Centers Play Video

    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 »
  • Immigrant Escapes Stash House and Calls Police Play Video

    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 »
  • Rio Grande City Parents Concerned About Security at Middle School Play Video

    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 »
  • Officials Launch Investigation into Immigrants Assault Play Video

    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 »
  • Feds Nab 71 Illegal Immigrants in Palmhurst Play Video

    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 »
  • Immigration Attorney: Ignoring Court Dates Ruins Chance for Legal Residence Play Video

    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 »
  • Irrigation District to Install Grates on Canal Tunnel Play Video

    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 »
  • Authorities Search Canal for Immigrant Play Video

    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 »
  • Agent's Family Expresses Remorse Play Video

    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 »
  • Officials Release Details About Immigrants' Alleged Assault Play Video

    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 »
  • Feds Raid Stash House North of Palmview Play Video

    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 »
  • Immigrant Injured After Chase in La Grulla Play Video

    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 »
  • Search Continues for Immigrants after Chase in Edinburg Play Video

    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 »
  • Frigid Water Blamed for 2 Deaths at Brownsville Ship Channel Play Video

    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 »
  • River Rescue Victims Await Deportation Play Video

    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 »
  • Officials: Some Immigrants Report Sexual Assaults to Stay in the U.S.

    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 »
  • Officials Release Details About Bus Accident Involving ICE Detainees Play Video

    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 »
  • Company Launches Probe into Bus Accident Play Video

    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 »
  • Veteran Accuses Government of Reneging on Promise to Immigrants Play Video

    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 »
  • Immigrant Shelter Seeing More Needy People Play Video

    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 »
  • Cameron County Disagrees with Feds over Payment for Holding Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    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 »
  • Immigrant Impaled While Trying to Climb Border Fence Play Video

    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 »
  • Sheriff: Piece of Paper May Help Identify Dead Man Play Video

    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 »

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