Stacey Dooley in the USA

Border Wars

Series 1 - Episode 3 Border Wars



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.


The presenter meets young South Americans risking their lives to cross illegally into the USA. In Altar, Mexico, an area controlled by drug cartels, a local priest offers her protection and unique access to the people-smuggling operation. Stacey also takes to the air with the US border patrol, but when she witnesses the dramatic rescue of a young Guatemalan girl seven months pregnant, she realises that the very people who are trying to keep the migrants out may be the ones who save their lives.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Stacey Dooley
Executive Producer Clare Sillery
Series Producer Wendie Ottewill