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  • Border Patrol Seize Drug and Save Man's Life

    October 18, 2014 4:25 PM

    MCALLEN - Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector saved a man's life and seized nearly 50 pounds of cocaine in two separate incidents Thursday. Agents were patrolling the Rio Grande by boat near Penitas, when fishermen on the Mexican side of the river caught the agents'... more »
  • Skeletal Remains Found near River in Brownsville Play Video

    October 9, 2014 6:53 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Authorities are working to identify some skeletal remains found near the Rio Grande. Border Patrol agents found the bones in a brushy field at approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday near the 1800 block of Milpe Verde Road. The bones were scattered throughout the area, officials said. ... more »
  • Welfare Check Leads to Immigration Bust

    October 8, 2014 7:54 AM

    ALAMO - A welfare check led to an illegal immigration bust. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said the agency was called about suspicious activity at an Alamo apartment complex around 9 p.m. Tuesday. Agents conducted a welfare check and found 11 illegal crossers. All are set to be processed.... more »
  • Militia Threatens to Block Traffic at International Bridges Play Video

    September 11, 2014 7:41 PM

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

    September 2, 2014 7:31 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The leader of a militia spoke about an incident in which a Border Patrol agent opened fire on one of his members. The militia member involved in the incident was not injured. "We're private citizens, so we don't answer to the federal government," K.C. Massey said.... more »
  • Woman Deported After DPS Stop Play Video

    August 27, 2014 10:53 PM

    McALLEN - A La Joya woman detained by state troopers and turned over to Border Patrol earlier this month was deported to Mexico. The family of Isabel Barbosa and members of the immigration rights group La Union Del Pueblo Entero, or LUPE, protested outside the McAllen Border Patrol headquarters... more »
  • Police Report Spike in Gang Activity Play Video

    August 26, 2014 10:59 PM

    PHARR - Police departments in the Rio Grande Valley are concerned about an increase in gang activity. The San Juan Police Department reported there is an increase in three specific gangs. The department's gang unit keeps tabs on local gang activity. Investigators said they've noticed a spike in the... more »
  • Immigrants Arrested After Chase in Las Milpas Play Video

    August 21, 2014 4:09 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested eight illegal immigrants after a chase that ended in Las Milpas, south of Pharr. The chase ended 4 miles south of Business 83 near Ciudad Mante and Val Verde roads. Authorities say the chase started at Sugar and Moore roads. Several immigrants bailed... more »
  • Police Department Boosts Patrols in Downtown Weslaco Play Video

    August 20, 2014 9:13 PM

    WESLACO - Police are increasing patrols in downtown Weslaco. Officials, though, will not say what led to the move. Business fronts along Texas Blvd. now have bright stickers alerting owners about the Nights Eyes program. CHANNEL 5 NEWS called the Weslaco interim police chief and the department's spokesman,... more »
  • Field Yields $10 Million Worth of Marijuana Play Video

    August 19, 2014 4:20 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - A marijuana field discovered near Lasara yielded more than 9,000 pounds of the drug with an estimated street value of $10 million, officials said. Homeland Security investigators and Border Patrol agents spent two days handpicking the plants from the property near FM 490. Immigration and Customs... 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 »
  • More Troopers to Patrol As Labor Day Approaches Play Video

    August 18, 2014 12:58 PM

    WESLACO - Extra DPS troopers are on the road to keep an eye on Labor Day traffic. Patrol will increase through September 2. Troopers will focus on high-risk locations where alcohol-related crashes happen the most. A TxDOT grant is funding the extra patrols. During Labor Day enforcement last... more »
  • Family Fearful After Aggravated Robbery Play Video

    August 13, 2014 7:59 PM

    HARLINGEN - One of two suspects charged in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent has been implicated in three aggravated robberies in Cameron County. Gustavo Tijerina and Ismael Hernandez, both illegal immigrants, are being held on capital murder charges in the death of Border Patrol Agent Javier... more »
  • Brownsville Man Accused of Ordering Dogs to Attack Agent Play Video

    August 11, 2014 7:30 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A Southmost resident was charged with trying to hurt a Border Patrol agent after he sent his dogs out to attack the lawman. Luis Enrique Garcia, 22, was charged with aggravated assault on a public servant. The agent called police to the 1200 block of Calle Milpe... 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 »
  • Sheriff: Suspects Confessed to Killing Off-Duty Agent Play Video

    August 4, 2014 7:25 PM

    RAYMONDVILLE - Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence is working with Cameron County investigators to determine if two men accused in the murder of an off-duty federal agent are linked to other crimes. Authorities charged the two Mexican nationals in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. ... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Woman sues Border Patrol Agent Accused of Assault

    July 30, 2014 5:08 PM

    McALLEN (AP) - A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a Border Patrol agent guarding her at a South Texas hospital has filed a federal lawsuit against him, alleging he violated her constitutional rights. The woman had crossed from Mexico into the U.S. without legal permission in April... more »
  • Body Recovered From Pond in Penitas Play Video

    July 29, 2014 4:10 PM

    PENITAS - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies had to use a backhoe to recover a woman's body from a pond. Officials said the woman was in her mid to late 20s. The body was found about a quarter mile south of Military Highway near Chihuahua Road in Penitas. Investigators... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Body Found in Hidalgo

    July 15, 2014 12:57 PM

    HIDALGO - Border Patrol agents found the body of a man on federal land near 15th and Tejano streets in Hidalgo. Agents said the man likely was in his early 20s. The body was badly decomposed. Authorities said the body was fully clothed. Hidalgo County Interim Sheriff Jose... more »
  • Police: Smugglers Resorting to Desperate Escape Tactics Play Video

    July 14, 2014 8:39 PM

    WESLACO - The increase in patrols along the border may be driving criminals to resort to dangerous getaway tactics, police said. The San Juan Police Department is on alert after a driver used spikes against Border Patrol agents. Area law enforcement agencies found out about the spikes incident... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Massachusetts Sheriff Says Immigration Surge is Impacting his County Play Video

    July 9, 2014 10:45 PM

    WESLACO - A sheriff in a county more than 1,500 miles from the Rio Grande Valley says his state and other states are becoming surrogate border states. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said he and other sheriffs from across the country plan to visit South Texas next week to... more »
  • Volunteer Helps Immigrant in Distress Play Video

    July 9, 2014 10:39 PM

    McALLEN - A volunteer at Sacred Heart Catholic Church stepped up to help one illegal immigrant woman who had just given birth. Monica Freeman said she will not forget the moment when the woman from Honduras walked in Wednesday with the newborn. "He wasn't my baby, but it's... more »
  • 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 »
  • Hearings Shed Light on DPS Surge Along the Border Play Video

    July 7, 2014 7:18 PM

    WESLACO - The state of Texas is conducting one of the most robust security operations to shut down Mexican drug cartels along the border, officials said. The Texas Department of Public Safety has a $1.3-million-a-week budget specifically for that purpose, state leaders said. Hours of congressional testimony shed... 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 »
  • Mexico Applauds Decision by Court of Appeals

    July 2, 2014 11:12 PM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - The Mexican government issued a statement saying it acknowledges the progress made on the case of a teenager who died after being shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent while he stood on Mexican soil. Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca was shot in June, 2010. The... 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 »
  • Smugglers Threaten Landowners in Cameron County Play Video

    July 1, 2014 8:07 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Ranchers along the Rio Grande say immigrant smugglers threaten them constantly. One Cameron County rancher said smugglers ordered him to look the other way or face the consequences. The landowner said smugglers are using trails on his property to bring illegal immigrants into the country. ... more »
  • Border Patrol Agents Worry About Contagious Diseases Play Video

    July 1, 2014 7:48 PM

    WESLACO - The spread of scabies, chicken pox and other diseases within Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol facilities may be getting out of control, a leader with the agents' union said. National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 Vice President Christopher Cabrera said the federal government is not serious about... 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 »
  • Overcrowding Blamed for Attacks at Border Patrol Facilities

    June 30, 2014 7:08 PM

    WESLACO - Overcrowding at Border Patrol holding facilities may be contributing to sexual assaults, an agents' union representative said. National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 Vice President Chris Cabrera expects conditions to worsen as the overcrowding continues. "When you over crowd it, you invite situations like this," Cabrera... 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 »
  • Abbott: More Immigrants Surrendering to Border Patrol Play Video

    June 27, 2014 10:17 PM

    McALLEN - The number of illegal immigrants surrendering to Border Patrol has hit an all-time high, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said. Abbott said the state will spend millions in an effort to secure the Rio Grande Valley. The AG said the federal government will ultimately be responsible for... more »
  • Expert: Asylum Petition Outcomes Vary Widely Play Video

    June 27, 2014 7:41 PM

    McALLEN - The outcome of an asylum request varies widely all across the country, legal experts said. An immigrant's chances of being granted asylum depend on the section of the country where the immigration court is located. Even the specific courtroom can have an impact on the outcome. ... more »
  • Border Patrol Agents Try to Dissuade Central Americans from Migrating Play Video

    June 27, 2014 7:31 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol agents say drug cartels are taking advantage of the recent surge of unaccompanied minors into the United States. The cartels' reach extends the length of the border between Mexico and the United States. A news crew for an Arizona television station recently toured the... more »
  • Border Patrol Chief Thanks Hidalgo County Leaders, Civic Organizations Play Video

    June 27, 2014 5:08 PM

    McALLEN - The Border Patrol sector chief for the Rio Grande Valley issued a letter thanking city of McAllen and Hidalgo County leaders for their help with the ongoing immigration crisis. Kevin Oaks also thanked non-government and faith-based organizations for providing care for the thousands of illegal immigrants from... more »
  • Businesses Benefit from Surge in Law Enforcement Play Video

    June 26, 2014 7:49 PM

    McALLEN - The increase in the number of federal and state law enforcers in the region is turning into extra profits for local businesses. The troopers and agents are bringing extra profits for restaurants, hotels and even dry cleaners. Felipe Avila said his cleaners are getting more Border... more »
  • Park Experience Different with Increased DPS Patrols Play Video

    June 25, 2014 7:45 PM

    MISSION - DPS troopers are changing Anzalduas Park in Mission into a border security stronghold. Families at the park who used to visit to barbecue, fish and relax said it's not the same. Monica Tatum returned to the park with her son. It's been 20 years since her last visit.... more »
  • Federal Patrols to Increase in Starr County Play Video

    June 20, 2014 6:58 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County soon will see an increase in the number of federal agents in the region. The increase in patrols is the result of numerous requests by state lawmakers to federal officials to do more to secure the region. The initiative, called Boot Foot... more »
  • Immigrants Use Social Media to Contact Relatives Play Video

    June 18, 2014 10:49 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - An illegal immigrant from Honduras is using social media to reach out to family in the United States for help. "My motivation has always been to get to a country like this one, where my brothers have bettered themselves and for my son to study," the man... more »
  • Stash House Bust Takes Neighborhood by Surprise Play Video

    June 17, 2014 10:57 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Residents of a neighborhood east of Edinburg were stunned to learn a stash house operated in their midst. The neighbors said they had no idea what was happening. Border Patrol said at least one person knew something was wrong, because that person tipped them off to... more »
  • Photos Reveal Overcrowding at Border Patrol Station Play Video

    June 17, 2014 5:19 PM

    WESLACO - Newly released photos shed light into the overcrowded conditions inside a Border Patrol holding facility in South Texas. The images show illegal immigrants crammed into holding spaces. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) shared the images with media outlets. The exact location of the facility was not revealed.... more »
  • Stash House Raided Near Edinburg Play Video

    June 17, 2014 5:15 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested more than 60 illegal immigrants after a raid at a stash house east of Edinburg. The stash house is located at 10303 Wind Drive, between Val Verde and La Blanca roads. Most of the immigrants are men. Border Patrol dispatched three large vans... more »
  • Illegal Immigrant Leads Authorities to Stash House Play Video

    June 16, 2014 4:27 PM

    SAN JUAN - Authorities say an illegal immigrant escaped from a stash house through a kitchen window and called police. The man told officers 30 illegal immigrants were being held against their will at the stash house. Police arrested Ezequiel Vasquez on federal charges for allegedly harboring the... more »
  • Authorities Detain Illegal Immigrants Near San Manuel Play Video

    June 12, 2014 8:32 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities detained at least two illegal immigrants Thursday afternoon just north of San Manuel. The immigrants were spotted on the southbound lanes of Interstate 69C. The men spotted authorities and ran. The Texas Department of Public Safety, Hidalgo County deputy constables and Border Patrol were... more »
  • 4 Illegal Immigrants Detained after Chase Play Video

    June 11, 2014 12:39 PM

    LA JOYA - Authorities detained four illegal immigrants after a chase Wednesday morning in La Joya. Police said the chase started when a patrol officer tried to stop a Chevy Camaro on FM 2221 and Interstate 2. The driver eventually bailed out at a field in the 1000... more »
  • Heat Creates Challenges for Immigrants, Federal Agents Play Video

    June 10, 2014 8:22 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Border Patrol agents are rescuing more illegal immigrants from the scorching South Texas brush. Agents on Monday saved four illegal immigrants in Brooks County. The groups wandered in the brush for four days before calling for help. A 27-year old woman collapsed while walking. She was... more »
  • Immigrants Skip Shelters, Head for the Border Play Video

    June 5, 2014 7:48 PM

    REYNOSA - Immigrant shelters in Reynosa have not seen an increase in the number of people seeking refuge. Shelter operators say the immigrants are in a rush to cross the border and surrender to Border Patrol. The Rev. Hector Silva de Luna runs the shelter Senda de Vida... more »
  • Palmview Authorities Seek to Curb Pursuits Play Video

    May 30, 2014 8:53 PM

    PALMVIEW - Residents and authorities in Palmview are concerned about the growing number of pursuits in the city. The latest chase happened Friday. It ended when the fleeing vehicle crashed in McAllen. Palmview police officials said they are increasing patrols in an effort to prevent pursuits and keep... more »
  • Lawmaker: Illegal Border Crossings Could Lead to Humanitarian Crisis Play Video

    May 30, 2014 7:40 PM

    WESLACO - Lawmakers in Washington say they are preparing to handle what they describe as a humanitarian crisis. The warning comes as Border Patrol agents are being overwhelmed by a surge in illegal crossings. Border Patrol agents are detaining approximately 1,200 people a day in the Valley. They... 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 »
  • Border Patrol Seeks to Increase Manpower to Process Detainees Play Video

    May 29, 2014 7:05 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say they are adding additional manpower to help process illegal immigrants. CHANNEL 5 NEWS cameras caught a glimpse of illegal immigrants being flown out of the Brownsville South Padre International Airport a few days ago. Five buses full of immigrants were loaded... more »
  • Border Patrol to Use Portable Buildings at McAllen Station Play Video

    May 28, 2014 5:29 PM

    McALLEN - Border Patrol officials will bring portable buildings to McAllen to relieve illegal immigrant overcrowding at their station. McAllen city officials are working with the feds drawing up plans for new water lines so the portable buildings can go up at the McAllen station. McAllen Fire Marshall... more »
  • Border Patrol Agent Injured in Crash Play Video

    May 25, 2014 9:30 PM

    EDINBURG - An off-duty border patrol agent was taken to the hospital Sunday morning after a two car collision. Edinburg Police Lieutenant Oscar Trevino says the crash happened on Highway 281, just south of FM 2812. Trevino says the border patrol agent was driving southbound and veered into... more »
  • Agents Arrest Sex Offenders in the Valley

    May 12, 2014 11:15 PM

    EDINBURG - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector have arrested nearly 180 illegal immigrants with prior convictions for sex offenses so far for fiscal year 2014. The fiscal year began Oct. 1, 2013, and goes through Sept. 31, 2014. The majority of the sex... more »
  • Surge in Crime Worries Residents Near Alton Play Video

    May 12, 2014 5:25 PM

    NEAR ALTON - People who live near the site where Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies opened fire on a suspect Sunday night are concerned about the increase in crime. Residents said they are frustrated with the slow response from authorities. Israel Pruneda said he was standing outside with his... 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 »
  • Authorities Nab 5 after Chase in McCook Play Video

    May 12, 2014 4:23 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Border Patrol agents are searching for 20 people that fled from a vehicle after a high-speed chase in McCook. The people bailed out of the vehicle near an orange grove south of Western and 14 Mile roads, officials said.... more »
  • Landowner Clears Immigrant Hideout Play Video

    May 8, 2014 7:42 PM

    EDINBURG - A site once used by illegal immigrants is now a patch of dirt. The landowner cleared the brush to keep illegal activity off his property. People who live near the site have mixed feelings about the move. Border Patrol agents detained more than 80 illegal immigrants... more »
  • Border Patrol Controls Scabies Outbreak at McAllen Station Play Video

    May 5, 2014 8:05 PM

    McALLEN - Hundreds of illegal immigrants are back at a Border Patrol station after a scabies outbreak. The immigrants were moved to other sites for about 24 hours after the outbreak. Border Patrol officials said it's unclear where the scabies outbreak started. "The processing facility was sterilized,... more »
  • Agents Rescue Immigrant from River Play Video

    April 29, 2014 5:21 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Border Patrol agents rescued a man who got into trouble while trying to swim across the Rio Grande back to Mexico. The incident happened just before dawn south of Pharr. Agents said two people were swimming to Mexico to avoid being caught. One of the immigrants... more »
  • Man Bites Border Patrol Agent Play Video

    April 28, 2014 10:31 PM

    PHARR - Authorities say a man bit a Border Patrol agent during a raid at a stash house Monday in Pharr. The incident happened when 67 illegal immigrants were pulled from the house near Lucas and Kumquat streets. A tip led Pharr police to the stash house. They... more »
  • Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office Deals with High Number of Patrol Cruiser Accidents Play Video

    April 24, 2014 4:13 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - The new Hidalgo County Sheriff is making some policy changes after a high number of accidents involving patrol units. Two Sheriff's Department employees crashed their patrol units in the last few days, adding them to the long list of damaged vehicles. County units should be... more »
  • Authorities Raid Stash House in Alton Play Video

    April 15, 2014 7:50 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Federal and local authorities raided a stash house in Alton and arrested 30 illegal immigrants. The house, in the 3200 block of Costa Azul Lane, was raided at 1 p.m. Tuesday. A tip led authorities to the house. Alton police, Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies and... more »
  • Border Patrol Union Issues Statement About Immigrant Releases Play Video

    March 26, 2014 6:09 PM

    WESLACO - Some Border Patrol agents say they are frustrated with the situation along the border. The comments come one day after CHANNEL 5 NEWS exposed the release of some illegal immigrants. CHANNEL 5 NEWS discovered more than a dozen mothers and children at the Harlingen bus station.... more »
  • Group Surrenders to BP Immediately After Crossing River Play Video

    March 25, 2014 7:27 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A group of illegal immigrants on Tuesday surrendered to Border Patrol agents immediately after crossing into the United States. Border Patrol agents detained the group at Anzalduas Park, south of Mission. The group was made up of women and children, officials said. Several Border... 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 »
  • Car Slams into Border Patrol SUV Play Video

    March 17, 2014 5:30 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Three people, including a Border Patrol agent, were hospitalized after an accident Monday south of Donna. The accident happened at approximately 9 a.m. at FM 493 and Military Highway. Police said the agent was traveling east on Military Highway when another vehicle traveling south of FM... more »
  • 2 Women Recovering in Hospital After Border Patrol Chase Play Video

    March 16, 2014 9:24 PM

    LA JOYA - Two women are recovering from a police chase Sunday morning. They were in a van suspected of containing illegal immigrants. Border Patrol agents searched the brush for more people. It happened at FM 2221 in La Joya around 9 a.m. Sunday morning. Witnesses say Penitas... more »
  • FBI Opens Investigation After Border Patrol Agent Fires on Suspect Play Video

    March 14, 2014 8:19 PM

    STARR COUNTY - The FBI launched an investigation after a Border Patrol agent opened fire on an alleged drug runner. The incident happened at approximately 11 a.m. Friday near FM 1430 in the community of La Casita. The suspect rammed his vehicle into a Border Patrol unit repeatedly... more »
  • Feds Reach out to Assault Victims Play Video

    March 13, 2014 5:23 PM

    McALLEN - Federal authorities and the Honduran consulate in McAllen are helping three women from Honduras after their assault at the hands of a Border Patrol agent, officials said. The victims are being treated at McAllen Medical Center. Officials said two victims are teenagers. According to CBP officials,... more »
  • Agents Raid Stash House in McAllen Play Video

    March 13, 2014 4:24 PM

    McALLEN - Border Patrol agents detained more than 50 illegal immigrants at a stash house Thursday in McAllen. The agents raided the house at the corner of Whitewing and 12th streets. Police shut down the intersection as agents ushered the immigrants onto a bus. The woman who owns... more »
  • McAllen Mayor Praises Mayorka's Visit Play Video

    February 19, 2014 8:11 PM

    McALLEN - McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said Wednesday's visit by Department Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was an unprecedented event. Mayorkas visited the Anzalduas bridge to review border security operations. Mayorkas took office in December. Mayorkas address deadly-force use by Border Patrol agents. The comments come a... more »
  • 2 Hospitalized After Crash Involving Border Patrol SUV Play Video

    February 10, 2014 10:48 PM

    EDINBURG - Two people were hospitalized after a crash involving a Border Patrol SUV. Border Patrol officials said the agent was transporting a detainee to the hospital when the crash happened. The incident happened at approximately 8 p.m. at the intersection of Trenton and Closner roads in Edinburg.... more »
  • Border Patrol Reports Increase in Number of Immigrants Detained Play Video

    February 6, 2014 7:32 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol officials said agents are arresting more illegal immigrants than before. The agency recently released a video showing dozens of illegal immigrants entering the country illegally. "It's hard to pinpoint, to identify, the reason or the cause of the increase in apprehensions," Border Patrol Spokesman... more »
  • Pursuit Ends in Crash Play Video

    January 17, 2014 4:21 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A pursuit-turned-accident brought traffic to a crawl on Highway 83 Friday near Penitas. Border Patrol agents arrested the driver and eight illegal immigrants after the incident. The chase started in Rio Grande City after agents got a call about suspicious activity. The driver of... more »
  • Officials Warn About Dangers of Hiding in Sugarcane Fields Play Video

    December 20, 2013 7:26 PM

    WESLACO - Sugarcane fields may become a fiery death trap for illegal immigrants, officials said. Farmers said they remain on high alert when it's time to set the fields on fire. "In the journey from the Rio Grande to the houses, they seek to hide in brushy areas... more »
  • Hospital Guard Duties Take Agents Away from Front Lines Play Video

    September 18, 2013 8:51 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol agents are often required to leave the front lines to look after illegal immigrants at local hospitals, officials said. "Unfortunately, we don't have a physician on staff," Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector Spokesman Henry Mendiola said. The hospital guard duty can be taxing... more »
  • More Law Enforcement to Patrol during Labor Day

    August 15, 2013 3:05 PM

    EDINBURG - More police officers and highway patrolmen will be on duty for the upcoming Labor Day holiday. It's a statewide push to spot drunk drivers. The overtime work will run from August 16 through September 2. Money to pay for the extra hours work comes from a Texas... more »
  • Gunfire Puts Border Patrol Boat Crew on High Alert Play Video

    July 11, 2013 3:47 PM

    PENITAS - Gunfire on the south side of the Rio Grande put a Border Patrol boat crew on high alert this afternoon. The incident happened south of Penitas, officials said. A Border Patrol boat was in the water when gunfire erupted in Mexico. The agents quickly sent out a... more »

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