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  • ICE Deports Man Wanted for Murder in Mexico Play Video

    October 17, 2014 12:39 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Federal authorities returned a murder suspect to Mexican authorities. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials transferred 40-year-old Jose Miguel Rangel Exiga to Mexican law enforcement Thursday at the Brownsville port of entry. Rangel Exiga is wanted in Mexico for a murder in the state of Guanajuato. ... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Allegations of Sexual Abuse at Karnes City Immigrant Facility Play Video

    October 2, 2014 3:23 PM

    WESLACO - Attorneys filed a sexual abuse complaint with federal immigration officials over the newly opened facility for women and children in Karnes City. Lawyers with the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the University of Texas Law School are representing immigrants there. Attorneys say women were... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Soldier: Immigrants Hiding in Newly-Purchased Truck Play Video

    September 17, 2014 8:54 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A soldier accused of human smuggling claims the illegal immigrants were already inside a pickup truck when he bought it in the Rio Grande Valley. The soldier, Eirc Rodriguez, is stationed at Fort Hood. Rodriguez was in court Wednesday for an initial hearing. His mother was... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Railroad Commission Wants More Security at Refineries Play Video

    September 8, 2014 5:23 PM

    WESLACO - The Texas Railroad Commission is asking federal authorities to increase security at oil and gas facilities. TRC Commissioner David Porter said federal authorities need to pay special attention to pipelines and refineries in Texas. In a recent letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Porter gave... 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 »
  • President Obama to delay immigration action

    September 6, 2014 9:07 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Abandoning his pledge to act by the end of summer, President Barack Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November congressional elections, White House officials said. The move is certain to infuriate immigration advocates while offering relief to some vulnerable Democrats... more »
  • Cubans Seek Help at Brownsville Shelter Play Video

    September 5, 2014 8:21 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Operators of a shelter for illegal immigrants say they are seeing more Cubans than Central Americans. Deacon Robert Cano says the Cubans are migrating from Central America. He said they also are fleeing the violence in that region. Cano said the Catholic Charities shelter keeps records... 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 »
  • Brownsville Diocese Bishop Visits Central America Play Video

    August 29, 2014 8:24 PM

    SAN JUAN - The bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville visited Central America to get a better look at the conditions driving many away from their countries. Bishop Daniel Ernest Flores spent six days learning more about Honduras and Guatemala. The bishop visited the region at the request... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • National Guard Arrives in Starr County Play Video

    August 27, 2014 10:45 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Members of the Texas National Guard arrived in the Rio Grande Valley. The troops are part of the deployment ordered by Gov. Rick Perry. Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal said the troops started arriving in his city. Perry ordered the deployment of 1,000 troops... more »
  • Memorial Stands at Site of Deadly Smuggling Crash Play Video

    August 26, 2014 8:20 PM

    PALMVIEW - A memorial serves as a reminder of a rollover that claimed the lives of nine illegal immigrants two years ago in Palmview. The deadly rollover ended in the parking lot of a day care center along eastbound Frontage Road between Abram and Goodwin roads. Teresa Cuellar... more »
  • Teen Gets 20 Years for 9 Deaths Play Video

    August 26, 2014 4:13 PM

    EDINBURG - A judge on Tuesday sentenced a teenager to 20 years in prison for the death of nine illegal immigrants two years ago in Palmview. Junior Benjamin Rodriguez was 15 years old when he flipped the van he was driving in April, 2012. Prosecutors said he was fleeing... more »
  • Chase Leads to Stash House in Alamo Play Video

    August 21, 2014 10:38 PM

    ALAMO - A chase that ended in a bailout in Pharr eventually led authorities to a stash house in Alamo. Border Patrol first alerted Hidalgo County precinct 1 deputy constables to a possible stash house off south Val Verde Road in Alamo. The deputies followed vehicle that was leaving... more »
  • Feds Issue Guidelines to Schools on Dealing with Young Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    August 21, 2014 9:31 PM

    WESLACO - The federal government handed down a new set of rules to Texas schools on how to deal with young illegal immigrants from Central America. The U.S. Department of Education put together fact sheets for schools across the country. The pages detail what services schools must make available... more »
  • Immigrant Shelter Seeks More Donations Play Video

    August 21, 2014 9:15 PM

    McALLEN - A decrease in the number of illegal crossers apprehended by Border Patrol will not put a stop to the humanitarian efforts at one local church. Leaders at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen say there is still a need to provide for those released from Border Patrol... more »
  • Report Revels ICE Released Detainees with Criminal Records Play Video

    August 20, 2014 10:56 PM

    WESLACO - Department of Homeland Security investigators released a report last week on the release of more than 2,000 people already in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. The agency claims it released the immigrants to deal with a budget shortfall and a surge of undocumented immigrants. The report... more »
  • Brooks County Landowners Want Unified Front against Illegal Immigration Play Video

    August 20, 2014 8:05 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Brooks County remains a busy human-smuggling corridor despite the reported drop in illegal crossings, area ranchers said. The ranchers feel different groups along the border are sending mixed messages about the reality of the border crisis. Recent remarks by McAllen Chamber of Commerce officials forced a... more »
  • Smuggler Uses Spikes During Chase Play Video

    August 20, 2014 7:41 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A human smuggler used spikes in an effort to flee from authorities Wednesday, officials said. The suspect threw the three-pronged spikes, also known as caltrops, out of his pickup truck during a high-speed chase, officials said. The spikes pose a serious threat to pursuing agents and... more »
  • 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 »
  • Traffic Stop Could Lead to Family's Breakup Play Video

    August 18, 2014 10:40 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A La Joya family is struggling to win their mother's release from federal custody. Border Patrol agents detained her after a traffic stop. Isabel Barbosa Salazar's family said she has lived in the Rio Grande Valley for 18 years. She is married to a United States... more »
  • Texas Military Officials Mum on Guard Deployment Play Video

    August 18, 2014 7:29 PM

    WESLACO - Texas military officials released few details about the National Guard deployment to the Rio Grande Valley. State military officials released the following statement about the deployment: "The role of the Texas National Guard is to support the Texas Department of Public Safety in Operation Strong... more »
  • Immigration Attorneys Describe Chaotic Conditions at New Mexico Detention Center Play Video

    August 18, 2014 5:25 PM

    WESLACO - Attorneys are speaking out about their interactions with children and women at an immigration holding facility in New Mexico. The attorneys from around the country have volunteered to help the immigrants' asylum claims. The attorneys are posting video diaries of what they're seeing at the Artesia... 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 »
  • Report Shows How DHS Dealt with Surge in Illegal Immigration Play Video

    August 14, 2014 4:13 PM

    WESLACO - A new report from investigators with the Department of Homeland Security reveals how the agency dealt with the surge of illegal immigrants and lack of bed space. The Inspector General's Office within the Department of Homeland Security investigates how the agency is being run. They found that... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Militia Members Arrive in the Valley Play Video

    August 4, 2014 7:31 PM

    WESLACO - Leaders with the South Texas Minuteman Civil Defense Corps say militia members from outside South Texas are arriving in the Rio Grande Valley. Olivia Garza, spokeswoman for the militia, said a convoy arrived in the Valley this weekend. She said more will arrive throughout the week. ... more »
  • Pres Obama Vows to Tackle Immigration Issue While Congress is on Recess

    August 1, 2014 2:03 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn't going anywhere. Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought... more »
  • Immigrants to be Housed in 'Suites' Near San Antonio Play Video

    July 31, 2014 12:39 PM

    KARNES CITY - Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday will open a remodeled detention center three hours north of the Rio Grande Valley. The Karnes City center will house women and children who entered the country illegally through the Valley. The 532-bed facility underwent a massive renovation to... 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 »
  • Rio Grande City Turns Smuggling Path into Bike Trail Play Video

    July 30, 2014 7:48 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Rio Grande City leaders hope a new bike trail will help curb illegal activity. Drug and human smugglers used the trail before it was converted into a recreational area. "The origins of these trails were just that. We would come down here ... you would... 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 »
  • Valley Mayors Lobby Washington about Immigration Issues Play Video

    July 30, 2014 4:20 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Mayors of three Rio Grande Valley cities are taking their case to Washington, D.C. as they wait for federal help in dealing with the increase in unaccompanied minors from Central America. It is the latest in the crisis on the border. Congress is working... more »
  • Body Pulled from the Rio Grande Play Video

    July 30, 2014 1:02 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Texas Department of Public Safety troopers discovered the body of a man in the Rio Grande near Penitas. Troopers found the body at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday. The man was in his 20s. Sheriff's deputies say an autopsy was ordered to determine the cause of death. ... 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 »
  • Expert: Border Crisis Blown out of Proportion Play Video

    July 28, 2014 8:10 PM

    WESLACO - An expert on border security says the threat along the U.S.-Mexican divide is being exaggerated. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector are apprehending more people crossing into the country illegally than ever before. Still, the overall apprehensions across the entire southern border are down... 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 »
  • Border Patrol Assigns More Agents to the Valley Play Video

    July 28, 2014 7:40 PM

    WESLACO - The Border Patrol has assigned 150 more agents to the Rio Grande Valley. Border Patrol officials say the agents are experienced, well-trained and equipped with the right skill-set. Officials did not say how long the agents will be in the Valley. more »
  • Militia Member Speaks About Group's Mission Play Video

    July 28, 2014 7:27 PM

    McALLEN - A member of the South Texas Minuteman Civil Defense Corps says her group seeks to help authorities by observing and reporting what happens along the Rio Grande. Olivia Garza is one of approximately 80 members the group has from Corpus Christi to La Joya. Garza, a... 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 »
  • Mexican Railway Company Seeks To Reduce Number of Stowaways Play Video

    July 25, 2014 7:11 PM

    WESLACO - The Mexican train used by countless Central Americans to reach the United States-Mexico border will increase its speed to reduce the number of stowaways. The cargo train, called La Bestia (the beast), typically travels at 6 miles per hour in areas where the Central Americans climb aboard.... more »
  • Business Leaders Seek to Improve Valley's Image Play Video

    July 24, 2014 7:51 PM

    McALLEN - Rio Grande Valley government and business leaders are asking Gov. Rick Perry to reconsider his decision to deploy the National Guard to the region. They say the move will send the wrong message about safety in the area. Perry ordered the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops... more »
  • Honduran Journalist Sheds Light into Migration Crisis Play Video

    July 24, 2014 7:48 PM

    WESLACO - A journalist in Honduras shed more light into the migration crisis impacting her nation. Marilyn Mendez, with La Prensa of Honduras, said the United States doesn't fully understand what is happening in Central America. Mendez said the much-vaunted U.S. government campaign to dissuade people from migrating... 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 »
  • Preying on Relatives of Unaccompanied Children

    July 20, 2014 10:16 AM

    SAN ANTONIO - FBI agents say people are preying on relatives of the unaccompanied children. One case involved a person claiming to represent a charity. The crooks said they assisted in processing and reuniting the children. In another case, the criminals used the name of a san antonio... more »
  • Ted Cruz visits RGV

    July 19, 2014 9:16 PM

    McALLEN - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz was the latest politician to make his way down to the Rio Grande Valley. He was in town Saturday afternoon to get a first hand look at the humanitarian crisis. Cruz talked about his plans while he is here. He also... 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 »
  • Immigrants Use Pipeline Path to Circumvent Checkpoint Play Video

    July 18, 2014 8:13 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY - A natural gas pipeline has become a back road around a Border Patrol checkpoint near Falfurrias. The construction for the pipeline cut a path along the rugged South Texas brush. Brooks County ranchers say illegal immigrants now are using that path. The region still posses... more »
  • Sheriffs Visit Falfurrias to Learn About Immigration Surge Play Video

    July 18, 2014 8:07 PM

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

    July 18, 2014 7:51 PM

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

    July 18, 2014 4:23 PM

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

    July 17, 2014 7:37 PM

    WESLACO - The Texas Department of Public Safety trooper surge along the Rio Grande Valley has drawn mixed reactions from residents and business owners. The $1.3-million-a-week surge seeks to close gaps in patrols and cut cartel smuggling routes, state officials said. A Progreso Lakes couple said they see... more »
  • New Immigrant Facility to Open in McAllen Play Video

    July 17, 2014 5:38 PM

    McALLEN - A new immigrant processing facility is set to open Friday in McAllen. The facility is at the intersection of Ware Road and Ursula Avenue and will cater to unaccompanied minors. Starting Friday, the Border Patrol will be able to handle up to 1,000 unaccompanied minors inside... more »
  • Report Sheds Light into Immigration Court Procedures Play Video

    July 16, 2014 7:57 PM

    WESLACO - A new report sheds some light into the plight unaccompanied minors experience in the immigration court system. The report done by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse revealed that one factor alone may tip the scales in the children's favor. The organization collects monthly statistics from immigration... more »
  • Smugglers Operate in Plain Sight Across the River from Roma Play Video

    July 16, 2014 7:32 PM

    ROMA - Smugglers are operating in plain view and during the day along the Mexican side of the Rio Grande across the border from Roma. A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew watched as the smugglers blew up rafts, took payments and sent men floating across the river. The smugglers... more »
  • 2 Harlingen Buildings to Become Centers for Young Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    July 16, 2014 5:20 PM

    HARLINGEN - Two buildings in Harlingen will be converted into processing centers for young illegal immigrants. The structures are on North 77 Sunshine Strip, according to city records. The sites will not be used to house immigrants. "The plans show that there are six classrooms, three medical offices,... more »
  • BCFS Walks Away from Palm Aire Hotel Project Play Video

    July 16, 2014 3:38 PM

    WESLACO - BCFS Health and Human Services on Wednesday withdrew a proposal to turn a Weslaco hotel into a facility for young illegal immigrants. A media release from the group of non-profit agencies cited "negative backlash caused by information misreported to the public" as the reason for walking away... more »
  • Immigration Advocate Speaks About Airport Incident Play Video

    July 16, 2014 12:37 PM

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

    July 15, 2014 8:15 PM

    McALLEN - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a husband and wife be held without bond for their alleged roles in the kidnapping of three illegal immigrants. Authorities say the alleged human smugglers held three people from Honduras in a house in Penitas. They are accused of calling the... more »
  • Immigrants Diagnosed with Chicken Pox in McAllen Play Video

    July 15, 2014 7:57 PM

    McALLEN - Eight illegal immigrants being housed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church were diagnosed with chicken pox. Officials said the immigrants are in remission. Several other immigrants were diagnosed with scabies and lice. more »
  • Suspects Held Without Bond in Immigrant Kidnapping

    July 15, 2014 12:30 PM

    McALLEN - Two men arrested for allegedly holding three illegal immigrants against their will in a Penitas home have been ordered held without bond. A judge made the decision in federal court Tuesday in McAllen. Authorities say the alleged human smugglers held three people from Honduras in the... more »
  • Immigration Activist Detained in McAllen Play Video

    July 15, 2014 12:16 PM

    McALLEN (AP) - Immigration activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who has lived and worked in the U.S. without legal documentation for years, was detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents on Tuesday at McAllen-Miller International Airport. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said Vargas was in custody after being... more »
  • Deputy Constables Rescue Kidnapped Immigrant Play Video

    July 14, 2014 10:45 PM

    PENITAS - Two people are in custody after a Honduran woman was held for ransom at a stash house in Penitas. Authorities say investigators were able to use technology to pinpoint the woman's exact location. Authorities say there have been more cases of illegal immigrants held in stash... more »
  • RV Parks Uncertain About Impact of Immigration Crisis on Winter Texans Play Video

    July 14, 2014 8:21 PM

    SOUTH OF MERCEDES - Winter Texans are keeping a close eye on the immigration crisis unfolding in the Rio Grande Valley. Llano Grande RV Park and Resort resident Roger Sefton said it's unclear how illegal immigration will impact the Winter Texan numbers in the region. Sefton patrols the... more »
  • Guatemalan Consul Seeks to Overcome Language Barriers Play Video

    July 14, 2014 8:00 PM

    McALLEN - Officials with the Guatemalan consulate in McAllen are facing a new challenge - finding translators for seldom-spoken languages. Guatemalan Consul Allan Perez says it's common to have Border Patrol agents call his office for help with translations. The consul said he's not sure how to speak some... more »
  • Palm Aire Employees React to Hotel Sale Play Video

    July 14, 2014 7:46 PM

    WESLACO - Employees of a hotel may soon be out of a job as the business transitions into a center for young illegal immigrants. BCFS Health and Human Services bought the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites after securing a multi-million federal contract to house young illegal immigrants. "I'm... more »
  • Hotel to Undergo Transformation into Immigrant Center Play Video

    July 14, 2014 7:38 PM

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

    July 14, 2014 7:26 PM

    WESLACO - The United States is not the only nation facing an influx of unaccompanied children, United Nations officials said. CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to the UN to learn more about the migration phenomenon. The UN is tracking the increase in young children leaving their home countries... more »
  • 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 »

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