October 10, 2014 4:17 PM
McALLEN - A suspected Gulf cartel boss arrested Thursday night in McAllen went before a federal judge Friday.
Juan Francisco Saenz Tamez is wanted by federal authorities in Beaumont. A grand jury indicted him on drug trafficking and money laundering charges last year.
Saenz was on the run... more »
October 10, 2014 4:10 PM
RIO GRANDE CITY - Authorities arrested a woman in Starr County wanted on murder charges out of Mississippi.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers arrested Krystal Kersey after a traffic stop Friday.
Kersey was scheduled to go trial on Monday for the murder of her husband, Justin Stork,... more »
October 7, 2014 6:46 PM
BROWNSVILLE - Officials with the Port of Brownsville say they are ready and waiting for any changes to security for health reasons.
Port of Brownsville Director Edward Campirano said they are waiting to see if federal regulations will change as concerns over Ebola increase.
Port officials said only... more »
October 2, 2014 6:22 PM
ALAMO - Rio Grande Valley first responders are making sure they're prepared for any possible encounters with the Ebola virus.
Emergency crews with the Alamo Fire Department say they are ready to respond to any crisis.
Alamo Fire Chief Rolando Espinosa says they are learning what to look... more »
September 30, 2014 6:59 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A family is searching for answers as they mourn their father.
The family wants to know more about what happened to their husband and father. Serafin Sanchez, 76, died after being injured at the All Star Metals yard at the Port of Brownsville.
Yahana Sanchez said... more »
September 23, 2014 4:28 PM
PORT ISABEL - The Point Isabel Independent School District is counting on big returns from SpaceX.
The land where SpaceX will build a launch site is within the PIISD's tax zone. Property taxes will go to PIISD. The company broke ground Monday.
PIISD Superintendent Dr. Lisa Garcia said... more »
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 »
September 18, 2014 8:29 PM
McALLEN - A new piece of equipment is causing concern among some Border Patrol agents.
The agents soon will be outfitted with body cameras. The spokesman for the agent's union says he is concerned the cameras will be used more to reprimand agents on minor agency violations rather than... more »
September 18, 2014 8:14 PM
EDINBURG - Recent news about West Nile, dengue and Corona virus infections are sending many Rio Grande Valley residents to their doctors' offices.
Norma Alaniz said she became concerned when she began to feel ill.
"I just want to get checked out and make sure that I don't... more »
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 »
September 12, 2014 8:22 PM
HARLINGEN - Ten Rio Grande Valley veterans are preparing to take a journey to the nation's capitol.
They'll visit a memorial dedicated to them and their fellow soldiers who fought in a conflict that shaped history. The organization that is sending them, Honor Flights, made its first formal announcement... more »
September 11, 2014 11:42 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Thousands of jobs and billions of dollars are heading to South Texas.
The area will soon become a major site for drone testing.
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi now has an airport and a runway designed for drones. It's part of the Lone Star... more »
September 10, 2014 8:11 PM
McALLEN - A forensic accountant says a couple stole more than $2 million from investors as part of a Ponzi scheme.
Marco and Bebe Ramirez are accused of taking advantage of foreign investors looking to enter the United States on EB-5 visas.
To get the visa, people must... more »
September 10, 2014 7:08 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A father and son were charged for their alleged role in a sophisticated marijuana plantation found in Willacy County a few weeks ago.
The two were charged with possession and intent to distribute more than 9,200 pounds of marijuana.
Miguel Echevarria Guizar and Miguel Echevarria Zuniga... more »
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 »
September 3, 2014 7:47 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A militia member who came under Border Patrol gunfire Friday is a felon.
The man, John Frederick Forester, is part of a group camped out on private land near the river.
Officials said Forester was armed when a Border Patrol agent opened fire on him. The... more »
September 2, 2014 11:02 PM
EDINBURG - The Internal Revenue Service is warning Rio Grande Valley residents about a telephone scheme.
Federal officials said people are falsely claiming to be with the IRS and threatening taxpayers with arrest.
An Edinburg couple said they got one such call.
Irene Pumarejo said she did... more »
September 2, 2014 10:50 PM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Tropical Storm Dolly moved ashore late Tuesday and soaked Mexico's Gulf coast, where authorities suspended school classes and readied shelters. The U.S. Hurricane Center said Dolly was located about 25 miles south-southeast of Tampico on Tuesday evening. The storm's maximum sustained winds were near 45 mph... more »
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 »
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 »
September 2, 2014 5:27 PM
RIO GRANDE CITY - A group of nuns has taken to the airwaves for the past three years to spread a message of hope in Starr County.
The Catholic nuns run KSGS 99.9 in Rio Grande City. They call it the "good news station."
Former Rio Grande City... more »
September 2, 2014 4:18 PM
WESLACO - The city of Weslaco is ramping up drainage efforts ahead of possible heavy storms.
Workers on Tuesday cleaned the last few ditches that still needed attention. Sediment and tree limbs are now gone.
Weslaco was able to test its storm drain system Friday. A strong storm... more »
September 2, 2014 4:09 PM
BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County officials are preparing for possible rain bands from Tropical Storm Dolly.
The storm is expected to make landfall near Tampico, Tamaulipas, about 250 south of the Rio Grande Valley.
County park rangers closed Isla Blanca Park Tuesday afternoon as the surf began to rise.... more »
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 »
August 29, 2014 4:33 PM
WESLACO - Rainy days could slow down illegal crossings in the Rio Grande Valley, Border Patrol officials said.
Border Patrol agents said smugglers will stage immigrants south of the Rio Grande and wait for the area to dry up.
Officials said muddy trails make it easier for agents... more »
August 28, 2014 11:45 PM
WESLACO - The region is quickly approaching the peak of hurricane season.
Experts say there are no direct threats to the Rio Grande Valley. Still, residents shouldn't let their guard down. They say it's important to have supplies on hand. Flashlights, batteries, first-aid kits and non-perishable food are a... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
August 27, 2014 7:09 PM
SOUTH OF ALAMO - Rio Grande Valley cotton farmers are worried about the rain in the forecast. They said too much precipitation could ruin their crops.
Gary Vanderpool, owner of G&R Farms, said wishes he had planted and picked his cotton crop sooner. Now he is racing against the... more »
August 26, 2014 9:37 PM
ALAMO - A judge on Tuesday charged two suspects in a kidnapping case.
Police say Rodrigo Montoya, 25, of Edinburg, and Osbaldo Molliendo Cruz, 37, forced a man into their car at the Alamo Flea Market Sunday night.
The pair allegedly stole money from the victim's wallet. The... more »
August 26, 2014 9:31 PM
MISSION - Police are questioning three people in connection with a home invasion.
The incident happened Tuesday afternoon in a neighborhood off Pecan Blvd. and Glasscock Road. Police said several men in ski masks entered the house through the back door.
The assailants reportedly pulled handguns on an... more »
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 »
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 »
August 20, 2014 4:17 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Five illegal immigrants were hospitalized after a high-speed chase ended in a rollover south of Alamo.
The chase began at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday near Pharr and ended just north of the intersection of Tower and Las Milpas roads.
Authorities said the smuggler flipped his... more »
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 »
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 »
August 14, 2014 10:33 PM
WILLACY COUNTY - Federal agents on Thursday secured a field of marijuana plants in Willacy County.
Authorities said they will use heavy equipment to clear the two or three acres of marijuana plants near FM 490.
Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said his deputies found an illegal immigrant... more »
August 14, 2014 9:32 PM
HIDALGO (AP) - The first wave of National Guard troops has taken up observation posts along the Texas-Mexico border. Several dozen soldiers deployed in the Rio Grande Valley are part of the up to 1,000 troops called up by Gov. Rick Perry last month, Texas National Guard Master Sgt. Ken... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
August 11, 2014 10:54 PM
SAN MANUEL - A fire chief is asking outdoor enthusiasts to be aware of the scorching South Texas summer.
Firefighters with the Linn-San Manuel Fire Department rescued a woman and a teenaged girl Monday from the Sal del Rey Wildlife Refuge.
People visit the site off Highway 186... more »
August 11, 2014 8:10 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Game wardens are facing increasing threats from smugglers, officials said.
A Texas Parks and Wildlife Department captain said his wardens are attacked and threatened regularly.
"Our primary focus is hunting, fishing and water safety," TPWD Capt. James Dunks said.
Their focus is shifting.
... more »
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 »
August 4, 2014 10:42 PM
BROWNSVILLE - Space X will begin launching rockets out of a site off Boca Chica Beach in the near future.
It took 3.5 years for the project to become a reality. City, county and state officials said the future launch site will be a benefit for the region.
... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
July 29, 2014 8:03 PM
WESLACO - The FBI is asking families of unaccompanied minors to be on high alert for a new scam.
Investigators two weeks ago realized they'd found a new trend targeting families of unaccompanied minors in the United States.
According to investigators, employees or contractors at two holding facilities... more »
July 29, 2014 7:51 PM
McALLEN - The cost of helping illegal immigrants could mean the end of some municipal programs, officials said.
The ongoing operation to care for illegal immigrants at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen is putting a strain on municipal resources, officials said.
"This is all coming out of... more »
July 29, 2014 7:42 PM
EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department is monitoring the jail for possible litigation from illegal immigrants.
Some county jails in northern states stopped holding immigrants on Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers.
The detainers keep immigrants in jail until Border Patrol agents arrive. Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department Spokesman... more »
July 29, 2014 7:38 PM
McALLEN - Border Patrol agents rescued two immigrants from the South Texas brush in two separate incidents.
The first rescue happened Sunday evening. Authorities said a human smuggler abandoned the man near La Grulla.
The man called 911 and Starr County dispatchers relayed his general location to agents.... more »
July 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 »
July 28, 2014 8:19 PM
WESLACO - A woman says the Border Patrol deported her husband last week even though he has an immigration hearing pending.
Gloria Salinas now is not sure if he will ever make it back into the United States from Mexico to get his day in court.
Salinas called... more »
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 »
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 »
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.
July 28, 2014 4:17 PM
McALLEN - A church in Austin is sending boxes of donations to McAllen to help young immigrants.
Volunteers with the Saint James Episcopal Church packed up several cars with food, diapers and clothing.
"These are our brothers and sisters who are suffering and many of whom are not... more »
July 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 »
July 25, 2014 12:58 PM
WESLACO - The sentencing hearing for three members of one Progreso family was postponed today in Houston.
Lupe Vela and his sons, Michael and Omar, pleaded guilty to leading a bribery and extortion scheme that consumed the city's school district.
The feds indicted the Velas in August, 2013.... more »
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 »
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 »
July 24, 2014 12:53 PM
McALLEN - State health and law enforcement officials are in the Rio Grande Valley to speak about human trafficking before a panel of state lawmakers. Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission will speak to the Joint Interim... more »
July 23, 2014 7:33 PM
NUEVO PROGRESO - At least 10 people died Tuesday night in shootouts in and around Nuevo Progreso.
The firefights started in Rio Bravo and spread to Nuevo Progreso and the highway connecting Reynosa and Matamoros.
On Wednesday, Nuevo Progreso residents denied there was ever a firefight in the... more »
July 23, 2014 4:18 PM
LA JOYA - A deputy with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department was providing backup for two Edinburg police officers when they came under fire Tuesday in La Joya.
Interim Sheriff Jose E. Guerra said the deputy suffered some bruises to his torso, but is doing fine.
Authorities say... more »
July 22, 2014 9:04 PM
LA JOYA - Authorities say the suspect who opened fire on officers in La Joya is presumed dead.
Officials identified the suspect as Joaquin Cibrian. They say he shot two Edinburg officers.
The officers were trying to serve a warrant when they were shot, officials said. The shooting... more »
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 »
July 21, 2014 11:10 PM
AUSTIN - Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday issued a statement following the death of a South Padre Island resident serving in the Israeli Defense Forces.
IDF Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, died fighting Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Carmeli was an American with dual Israeli citizenship.
"On... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
July 18, 2014 8:18 PM
McALLEN - A veteran says the immigration crisis impacting the Rio Grande Valley is overshadowing problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Juan Garcia served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He is one of the countless veterans who continue struggling with the VA for medical care.... more »
July 18, 2014 8:13 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 »
July 18, 2014 8:07 PM
FALFURRIAS - Sheriffs from throughout the nation gathered in Brooks County to learn more about the immigration crisis affecting South Texas.
The sheriffs said the surge in immigration represents a threat to their communities.
Brooks County Rancher Dr. Mike Vickers and his wife Linda gave the lawmen a... more »
July 18, 2014 4:23 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - State law enforcement officials confirmed the presence of a civilian militia in the Rio Grande Valley.
The group, however, has not made contact with any law enforcement group.
The group, known as the Minutemen, was initially trying to set up camp earlier this week near... more »
July 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 »
July 17, 2014 7:35 PM
McALLEN - Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino was sentenced to federal prison Thursday for his role in a money laundering scheme.
Federal Judge Micaela Alvarez ordered Trevino to serve 5 years in prison and pay a $60,000 fine.
The sentence was longer than expected. The recommended range... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
July 16, 2014 5:20 PM
HARLINGEN - Two buildings in Harlingen will be converted into processing centers for young illegal immigrants.
The structures are on North 77 Sunshine Strip, according to city records. The sites will not be used to house immigrants.
"The plans show that there are six classrooms, three medical offices,... more »
July 16, 2014 12:37 PM
WESLACO - An immigration advocate detained at McAllen-Miller International Airport Tuesday said the incident was not a publicity stunt.
Border Patrol officials released Jose Antonio Vargas a few hours after his detention. Vargas was trying to board a flight to California.
Vargas is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and... more »
July 15, 2014 8:15 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
July 14, 2014 4:22 PM
WESLACO - BCFS Health and Human Services secured a $50-million federal contract to house young illegal immigrants in Weslaco.
The network of non-profit agencies will take over the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites on FM 1015.
BCFS officials say they plan to have 600 beds once the hotel... more »
July 11, 2014 6:28 PM
WESLACO - The Palm Aire Hotel and Suites will be turned into a housing complex for young illegal immigrants.
Baptist Child and Family Services will take over the hotel on Interstate 2 and International Blvd. in Weslaco.
The group says children will receive basic education, as well as... more »
July 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 »