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Borderforce USA: The Bridges   

Information
Series 1: 10x60 | HD | 2018
Series 2: 10x60 | HD | 2019
Production Company
Stampede Productions
Primary Broadcaster
UKTV

Over half of America’s southern border is created by the Rio Grande, a murky, brown river that snakes its way between Texas and Mexico. A total of 28 bridges cross the river, linking the United States and its southern neighbour.

Every day 250,000 people, 12,000 cargo trucks and 5000 railroad cars cross the bridges for a multitude of reasons. Some legal – and some not. The Department of Homeland Security division responsible for the bridges is the CBP – Customs and Border Protection. For the first time, a TV cameras have been granted unrestricted access to these international bridges to witness the processes and the technology that the CBP deploys in its mission to keep America safe.

Series 2 - Episode 4

In this episode a 12-year-old boy turns up at one of the bridges on his own. He claims his mother has been kidnapped by the cartels and that he has been living on the streets but his new clothes and clean appearance suggests that he may not be telling the truth. It is up to officers to find out the real reasons he wants to come to live in America. In Progresso two sisters are detained after one of them attacks a customs officer after spending the day drinking beer and tequila across the border.

Series 2 - Episode 1

In this episode officers put their lives on the line as they prepare to transfer two members of a cartel into the custody of the Mexican military. In Laredo, a cop from Caracas, Venezuela, pleads his case for asylum in the United States while in Hidalgo a man who has visited a few too many bars on the other side of the river returns to the United States – and into the arms of his wife who isn’t too impressed by his behaviour.