Discovery Channel’s “Under Siege” chronicles protection of U.S. northern border

Much of the thought and talk about the protection of America’s borders regarding undocumented immigration, smuggling, terrorism, and other criminal activity seems to be related to the southern border, but plenty of action also takes place on the northern border, both in terms of criminals attempting to get across the border, and in agents attempting to stop them. Discovery Channel‘s Under Siege: America’s Northern Border, premiering March 13 at 8pm ET/PT, takes a look at this explosive territory.

Under Siege goes undercover with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents as they patrol the large and challenging northern U.S. border. Some of the most intricate terror plots have unfolded at the northern border, including the Millennium Bomber, the first World Trade Center attacks and the Underwear Bomber. The 863-mile stretch of border on either side of Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge (pictured) is particularly challenging as it has thousands of landing spots, narrow crossings and tremendous boat traffic, which makes the region almost impossible to control. Illegal money, guns and drugs pour across the massive border while the DHS takes to the air, sea and land to try to stop threats.

The release for Under Siege says it will give a never-before-seen glimpse into the Operational Integration Center, where a 40-foot wall of monitors stream live data feeds of the entire border, keeping officers updated. The program will also follow agents from the DHS as they patrol the water, guard checkpoints and track down criminals.

Under Siege: America’s Northern Border premieres March 13 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel.


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