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  • Game Wardens on Alert for Possible Spike in Crime on Falcon Lake Play Video

    August 1, 2014 6:20 PM

    FALCON LAKE - The surge of state troopers, Border Patrol and National Guard into the Rio Grande Valley has law enforcement in Zapata County preparing for a possible uptick in illegal activity. The question is whether coyotes and smugglers will use Falcon Lake to escape the surge in law... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Obama Administration Pressures Congressman over Immigration Comments Play Video

    July 11, 2014 12:44 PM

    WESLACO - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) says he's feeling pressure from the White House to tone down his rhetoric on the Rio Grande Valley's border crisis. Cuellar has been one of the most vocal congressmen to discuss the immigration issues in the Valley. Cuellar said he personally... more »
  • Los Ebanos Residents On Edge as Immigration Flow Increases Play Video

    July 10, 2014 7:37 PM

    LOS EBANOS - Hundreds of illegal immigrants use Anzalduas Park to cross into the United States every day. Others choose more secluded areas, like the small community of Los Ebanos. Residents of the small town are concerned about the increase in illegal activity. Still, they are not sure about... more »
  • Perry Meets with DPS Officials in Weslaco Play Video

    July 10, 2014 12:41 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Gov. Rick Perry visited the Rio Grande Valley Thursday to get a closer look at the immigration surge in the region. The governor met with President Obama in Dallas Wednesday to discuss the immigration and humanitarian crisis affecting South Texas. Obama opted not to visit the... more »
  • Massachusetts Sheriff Says Immigration Surge is Impacting his County Play Video

    July 9, 2014 10:45 PM

    WESLACO - A sheriff in a county more than 1,500 miles from the Rio Grande Valley says his state and other states are becoming surrogate border states. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said he and other sheriffs from across the country plan to visit South Texas next week to... more »
  • Hidalgo County Judge Defends President's Decision Not to Visit the Valley Play Video

    July 9, 2014 7:42 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County judge says it is not necessary for President Obama to visit the Rio Grande Valley to witness the current immigration crisis. Judge Ramon Garcia said the president is working to get additional resources to deal with the issue. "He requested $2 billion from... more »
  • Residents Question President's Reluctance to Visit the Valley Play Video

    July 9, 2014 7:33 PM

    McALLEN - Rio Grande Valley residents are questioning President Obama's decision not to visit the border during his trip to Texas. Monica Weisberg-Stewart, with the Texas Border Coalition, said it was disappointing to find out that the president would not visit the region. She lobbies in Washington for immigration... more »
  • Businesswoman Wants More Funds for Border Crossings Play Video

    July 9, 2014 4:16 PM

    McALLEN - A McAllen businesswoman says the government is not sending money to the right branch of the Department of Homeland Security. Monica Weisberg-Stewart works with the Texas Border Coalition to promote trade and travel between the United States and Mexico. She said the $3.7 billion in emergency funds... more »
  • Parents Call Local Court Searching for Young Immigrants Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:47 PM

    EDINBURG - The influx of young illegal immigrants into the Rio Grande Valley has the phones at the 449th District Court ringing nonstop, officials said. Judge Jesse Contreras said people from Central America call constantly asking for children who have crossed the border illegally. Contreras said many of... more »
  • Official: Immigration Surge a Windfall for Smugglers Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:36 PM

    WESLACO - The surge in illegal immigration in South Texas is resulting in big profits for smugglers. Illegal immigrants pay thousands of dollars to get from their homeland to the U.S.-Mexico border. Once they get to the Rio Grande, they're finding out that their costly journey is not always... more »
  • Militia Sets Up Command Center South of San Antonio Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:16 PM

    VON ORMY - A militia is gathering south of San Antonio to prepare for what they say is a mission to secure the border. A leader with the group said they will deploy to Laredo first and spread from there to other parts of the border. The group set... more »
  • President Requests More Funds for Immigration Crisis Play Video

    July 8, 2014 5:30 PM

    WESLACO - President Obama is nearly doubling the amount of money he's requesting from Congress to help in the humanitarian crisis caused by the surge in illegal immigration. The request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding comes as the president travels to Texas on a fund-raising trip. Obama agreed... more »
  • Dallas County Prepares Housing for Young Immigrants Play Video

    July 2, 2014 10:37 PM

    McALLEN - The tide of unaccompanied children flowing into the Rio Grande Valley will soon be flowing into North Texas. Dallas County officials say they will donate shelters to take about 2,000 children. The officials toured Valley Border Patrol facilities Wednesday. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on Wednesday... more »
  • DPS Director Offers Details About Border Security Plan Play Video

    July 2, 2014 7:55 PM

    WESLACO - The Texas Department of Public Safety will use millions of dollars to cover the cost of providing extra patrols along the border, the agency's director said. DPS Director Steve McCraw provided more information on the border security surge during a state Homeland Security Committee hearing in Austin.... more »
  • Dallas County Officials Prepare to House Young Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    July 2, 2014 7:47 PM

    McALLEN - Dallas area officials are preparing to help house young illegal immigrants. Dallas County officials toured one Rio Grande Valley detention center to get a look at conditions at the site. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said they are scouting multiple locations where they will be able... more »
  • Illegal Immigrant on Edge as DPS Patrols Increase Play Video

    June 30, 2014 8:00 PM

    HARLINGEN - An illegal immigrant fears the increased presence of Texas Department of Public Safety troopers in the Rio Grande Valley may cost him his livelihood. The man said he also fears for his family's wellbeing. "I crossed for the first time in 2000 and (again) in 2003,"... more »
  • DHS Secretary Seeks to Dissuade Parents from Sending Children to the U.S. Play Video

    June 30, 2014 5:27 PM

    McALLEN - The Department of Homeland Security secretary on Monday said young illegal immigrants will not be allowed to stay in the country. Secretary Jeh Johnson made the statement during a visit to the Rio Grande Valley. He toured a Border Patrol holding facility in McAllen. Monday's visit... more »
  • Homeland Security Secretary Addresses Committee about Wave of Unaccompanied Children Play Video

    June 24, 2014 1:05 PM

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

    June 18, 2014 10:43 PM

    McALLEN - Volunteer efforts and donations only go so far when it comes to the housing and caring of illegal immigrants being released from Border Patrol custody. Volunteers are donating time and items to help the immigrants at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen. The church still has to... more »
  • State Lawmakers to Address Surge in Illegal Immigration Play Video

    June 17, 2014 7:29 PM

    McALLEN - State lawmakers are waking up to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Rio Grande Valley. Democrats and Republicans are coming together to ask the federal government to do more to end the crisis. State representatives are planning a round table with Border Patrol to discuss how... more »
  • RGC Mayor Wants Federal Funds to Deal with Illegal Immigration Play Video

    June 16, 2014 10:18 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Mayor Ruben Villarreal is asking the federal government for money to deal with the wave of illegal immigration impacting the region. Villarreal said local governments should get some of the $2 billion the Obama administration is allocating for the immigration crisis. Rio Grande City's... more »
  • Lawmaker: Illegal Immigration Spiraling Out of Control Play Video

    May 30, 2014 8:40 PM

    WESLACO - A surge in illegal immigration in South Texas could spiral into a full-blown humanitarian crisis, experts say. Border Patrol agents are detaining approximately 1,200 people a day in the Valley. They expect that number to double in the next few weeks. Agents are being pulled away... more »
  • Authorities Warn About Utility Bill Payment Scam

    July 11, 2012 1:08 PM

    AUSTIN - Texas officials have issued a warning about a new identity theft scam. The Texas Attorney General's Office said the scam claims a new program established by the Obama Administration will provide assistance to pay utility bills. The scammers are going door to door, using social media,... more »

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