Walk The Line


More than 37,000 Chinese citizens entered the US illegally via its southern border in 2023, hoping to find a better life in America. Many more are following in their footsteps, often with young children in tow.  

To reach the Land of the Free, they embark on a most treacherous journey: the migrants first need to reach Ecuador, the country closest to the US that would grant Chinese passport holders visa-free entry. From there, they need to cross Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, all illegally, to reach California.

In this documentary series, CNA correspondent Wei Du travels the route with the Chinese migrants, and try to understand why they’ve been driven to such desperation, and if the American Dream is all it’s made out to be.

Correspondent: Wei Du

Episodes: 4 x 60 minutes

Languages: English

Production year: 2024