January 06, 2009 08:21 AM by Paulene Hinds
Everyday the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, patrol the endless stretch of America’s borders. This includes air, land, sea and even mail and cyberspace. Tonight they are opening the doors for us to see the work of these men and women while they use the newest technology to safeguard our country and enforce our laws in Homeland Security USA.
The show, entirely shot throughout the USA, is comprised of 13 hour- long episodes that takes cameras into situations never before seen on television. Each episode will cover eight or more locations on the front lines where the officers and agents work each day. The Department’s missions include everything fromverifying adoption papers, checking visitors’ passports to intercepting undocumented immigrants, drugs and other contraband, and stopping potential terrorists trying to cross our borders.
Oscar and Emmy award winner, Arnold Shapiro produced the series and says, “They’re ordinary men and women working against an epic landscape.” He adds, “They have a job that is dangerous, difficult and always unpredictable. What viewers will see is powerful, dramatic, amazing and emotional, with unexpected moments of humor.”
The premiere episode, This is Your Car on Drugs, takes viewers inside some of the busiest international entry points to the U.S. At Los Angeles International Airport, a beautiful woman from Switzerland arrives, with no working papers, but a suitcase full of titillating surprises! In the Pacific Northwest, at the Blaine, Washington border crossing, smugglers attempt to foil DHS canines by packing narcotics in baby diapers. Along the border between the U.S. and Mexico in the scorching heat of the desert outside of Tucson, Border Patrol agents race the clock to find six undocumented immigrants lost in the barren wilderness. In one of the most dramatic stories at the San Ysidro, California border crossing, a fake license plate tips a border officer off to a life-threatening situation. Meanwhile, there are some unusual illegal items intercepted at the International Mail Center in Carson, California, including a delicacy officers are shocked to discover is actually barbecued bats.
Homeland Security USA was given unprecedented access to the agencies of the Department of Homeland Security and the full cooperation of CBP (Customs & Border Protection) including CBP’s Border Patrol; ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement); TSA (Transportation Security Administration); USCG (United States Coast Guard) and USCIS (United States Citizenship & Immigration Services).
Homeland Security USA airs tonight from 8:00-9:00 PM ET on ABC.
Photo Credit: ABC