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  • Weslaco Clears Drainage Ditches

    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 »
  • Cameron County Prepares for Possible Storms

    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 »
  • 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: Storms May Slow Down Illegal Crossings Play Video

    August 29, 2014 4:33 PM

    WESLACO - Rainy days could slow down illegal crossings in the Rio Grande Valley, Border Patrol officials said. Border Patrol agents said smugglers will stage immigrants south of the Rio Grande and wait for the area to dry up. Officials said muddy trails make it easier for agents... more »
  • Experts Urge Hurricane Preparedness Play Video

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Cotton Farmers Rush to Harvest Crops Play Video

    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 »
  • 2 Charged in Alamo Kidnapping Play Video

    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 »
  • Mission Police Question Persons of Interest in Home Invasion Play Video

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Immigrants Hospitalized After Chase Play Video

    August 20, 2014 4:17 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Five illegal immigrants were hospitalized after a high-speed chase ended in a rollover south of Alamo. The chase began at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday near Pharr and ended just north of the intersection of Tower and Las Milpas roads. Authorities said the smuggler flipped his... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Feds Secure Marijuana Field in Willacy County Play Video

    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 »
  • First National Guard Troops Arrive in the Valley

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Emergency Crews Rescue Hikers From Wildlife Refuge Play Video

    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 »
  • Game Wardens Face Increasing Threats from Smugglers Play Video

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Space X Launch Site to Become a Reality Play Video

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Woman Seeks Answers after Husband's Deportation Play Video

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Austin Church Sends Help for Young Immigrants

    July 28, 2014 4:17 PM

    McALLEN - A church in Austin is sending boxes of donations to McAllen to help young immigrants. Volunteers with the Saint James Episcopal Church packed up several cars with food, diapers and clothing. "These are our brothers and sisters who are suffering and many of whom are not... more »
  • 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 »
  • Sentencing Postponed in Progreso Corruption Scandal Play Video

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Committee to Discuss Human Smuggling Play Video

    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 »
  • Nuevo Progreso Residents Deny Reports of Violence Play Video

    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 »
  • Deputy Escaped Injury During Initial Firefight in La Joya Play Video

    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 »
  • Suspect in Officers' Shooting Presumed Dead

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Perry Issues Statement about Island Resident's Death in Gaza

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Trevino the Latest Valley Lawmen Sentenced to Prison Play Video

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • The Breaking Point Play Video

    July 10, 2014 4:22 PM

    LA JOYA - Those who knew Jose del Angel say he was a man who feared nothing. They say that fearlessness, though, never turned into recklessness. "He was very serious," J.J. Garza said. Garza was a lifelong friend of the former La Joya police chief. "He was... 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 »
  • Obama Delivers Speech in Austin Play Video

    July 10, 2014 12:39 PM

    AUSTIN - President Obama delivered a speech this morning in Austin during the final event of his two-day trip to Texas. The trip did not include a visit to the Rio Grande Valley, where an immigration and humanitarian crisis is unfolding. Obama arrived in Austin Wednesday night for... 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 »
  • Obama Defends Decision Not to Visit Border Play Video

    July 9, 2014 7:13 PM

    DALLAS (AP) - President Barack Obama, seeking to keep a humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border from becoming a deeper political liability, pushed back Wednesday at critics who have cast his administration's response to the influx of unaccompanied children as slow and ineffective. To those pressing Obama to visit the... more »
  • Boca Chica Beach Residents Unhappy with FAA Decision Play Video

    July 9, 2014 5:27 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Residents of one neighborhood near Boca Chica Beach have mixed emotions about the growing possibility of having a rocket-launch site built near their homes. The Federal Aviation Administration cleared the way for Space-X to build a rocket-launch site near Boca Chica Beach. The decision means... more »
  • FAA Clears Way for Boca Chica Rocket-Launch Site Play Video

    July 9, 2014 12:53 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Federal Aviation Administration cleared the way for Space-X to build a rocket-launch site near Boca Chica Beach. The decision means Space-X now can apply for a license to build the site. The aerospace company already owns land at the site of the proposed launch site.... more »
  • Militia Intent on Patrolling the Border Play Video

    July 8, 2014 10:45 PM

    VON ORMY - Members of a militia say they are preparing a military style operation to help secure the Texas border with Mexico. The group is organizing in Van Ormy, just south of San Antonio. The militia's commander, Chris Davis, spoke with CHANNEL 5 NEWS. "We are... 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 »
  • Testy Exchange Between Perry, Obama over Immigration Crisis Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:29 PM

    WESLACO - A testy exchange of letters happened Tuesday between Gov. Rick Perry and President Obama over the surge of illegal immigration in South Texas. The president visited Austin for a political fund-raising event. He agreed to meet with Perry in Dallas to discuss the immigration crisis. Perry wants... more »
  • Interim Sheriff: Militias not Needed Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:23 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County's interim sheriff said he does not need militias to help patrol the region. Interim Sheriff Jose Eduardo Guerra said militias from Texas and other parts of the country have contacted him. He said they offered to help deal with influx of illegal immigrants. Guerra... 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 »
  • Laredo Mayor: No Taxpayer Money to Help Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    July 7, 2014 10:33 PM

    LAREDO - City leaders in Laredo say they will not use taxpayer money to help illegal immigrants released from Border Patrol custody. Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas said the city has to look out for its own citizens. Laredo's position runs counter to those of cities like McAllen, which... more »
  • Immigration Surge Draining Police Department's Budget Play Video

    July 7, 2014 7:45 PM

    SAN JUAN - Police officials with the city of San Juan want lawmakers to see firsthand how the immigration surge is impacting their budget. Sgt. Rolando Garcia said the massive numbers of illegal immigrants from Central America trekking through the city are draining the department's budget. Garcia said... 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 »
  • Coast Guard Focuses on Poachers Play Video

    July 2, 2014 8:59 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The Coast Guard is preparing an operation to go after poachers in the Gulf of Mexico. The announcement comes after the Coast Guard discovered a mile-long gill net 37 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico divide. The net had 65 sharks. Gill nets are illegal.... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Startled Horse Leads to Boy's Body Play Video

    June 30, 2014 4:21 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A startled horse led to the discovery of a young illegal immigrant's body earlier this month near La Joya. The 11-year-old boy's body was found less than 100 yards away from several houses and 2 miles from the river. A family who lives nearby raises... 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 »

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