Sue Perkins looks at challenges on US-Mexico Border in new BBC One series
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Sue Perkins looks at challenges on US-Mexico Border in new BBC One series

Comedian and broadcaster explores what it's like for those living on both sides of the border, looking at drug trafficking, violent cartels and desperate migrants

Francine Wolfisz is the Features Editor for Jewish News.

Sue Perkins: Along the US-Mexico Border - - (C) Big Wheel Film & Television - Photographer: Craig Hastings
Sue Perkins: Along the US-Mexico Border - - (C) Big Wheel Film & Television - Photographer: Craig Hastings

Comedian and broadcaster Sue Perkins features in an eye-opening two-part series exploring what life is really like for people living along the borders of America and Mexico. News coverage tends to focus on drug trafficking, violent cartels and desperate migrants – and of course the wall.

Sue – who is Jewish through her maternal side – travels from the Mexican city of Tijuana on the Pacific Coast to the north-eastern border city of Matamoros. She helps a group of Honduran volunteers building a hostel for fellow refugees fleeing violence, while on the US side of the border she spends a day with the sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona, to find out more about the battle with the Mexican cartels that traffic people and drugs, and meets a rancher dealing with migrants climbing over the wall and onto his land.

She also meets some of the many American retirees who have moved south of the border.

Sue Perkins: Along the US-Mexico Border begins on Monday, 9pm, on BBC One

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