Stacey Dooley in the USA

Series 1 - 3. Meet the Young Americans

Radio Times
Review by:
Claire Webb

Border patrols have been the subject of many a macho shock-doc. Dooley paints a more sobering picture. In a ramshackle town, she meets desperate Mexicans and Guatemalans who have paid a “coyote” their life savings to guide them across the Arizona desert.

Even if these “illegals” manage to evade the immigration officers, the searing heat and insufficient supplies often cause the five-day trek to end in tragedy. And waiting are disgruntled Americans, determined to take the law into their own hands.

About this programme

3/3. Stacey Dooley follows young South Americans who risk their lives by hiking for five days in ferocious heat to cross illegally into the USA. She also gains unique access to the smuggling operation with the help of a local priest. Last in the series.

Cast and crew


Stacey Dooley


Executive Producer
Clare Sillery
Series Producer
Wendie Ottewill