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good morning, 10:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m. pacific. right now more than a million people in puerto rico are without power, and critical resources after hurricane fiona pummelled region. we'll bring you a live report from puerto rico and talk to a top fema official about what the recovery efforts look like at this hour. also this morning, we'll get an update on that 7.6 magnitude earthquake in mexico causing major panic as buildings sway. right now in new york, world leaders are gathering to discuss ongoing global crises including the war in ukraine where poont
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putin is facing another round of military setbacks. and at our nation's border, the government says arrests have now exceededn just one year. we'll talk to the chair of a congressional hispanic conference, raul ruiz about that and much more. and we begin with our top story this morning, hurricane fiona strengthening to a category 3 storm after devastating parts of the caribbean leaving at least three dead in puerto rico and one dead in the dominican republic. now, the storm is now barrelling up the atlantic taking aim at turks and caicos. next, take a look at the intended path of this -- of this storm. meanwhile, let's take a look at puerto rico: we're expecting an update later this hour right there after fiona made landfall on sunday as a category 1
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hurricane unleashing massive floods. two feet of rain and landslides. the island's power grid ravaged again, four out of five people still without power this morning. over 800,000 people do not have access to running water. this as just today is the five-year anniversary of hurricane maria. more than a thousand people have been rescued including in manatee where this 91-year-old woman was trapped in her home when the flood waters rushed into her neighborhood. joining us now from salinas puerto rico is nbc news national correspondent gabe gutierrez. good morning. what are the conditions there there morning and, boy, this island has been hit so hard again. >> hi, jose, good morning, yes, as you mentioned, i want to start with that update that we go from luma energy in the last few hours. late last night only 11% of this island had power.
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that number, thankfully is now up to 19%. still a lot of people without power, jose, but things seem to slowly be improving. the question is will it happen fast enough. you mentioned that urgent need for drinking water. two-thirds of this island right now does not have drinking water including the neighborhood i'm standing in now. this is one of many neighborhoods across southern puerto rico that were devastated. this tree down, power lines down. this neighborhood up until late last night was flooded overnight. thankfully the flood waters reseeded. residents here are just starting to clean up. we just spoke with a family over here in this home, they went in for the first time since their home was flooded on sunday. they said that they had never seen this much water, jose, even during hurricane maria. that's something we're hearing over and over again in some parts of the puerto rico. while hurricane maria, which by the way as you mentioned hit the island five years ago today, that storm brought such heavy
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wind and a lot of rain, but this one brought in an overwhelming amount of water. the water swept in here and decimated these homes. i spoke with the governor of puerto rico yesterday who got a call from president biden promising more federal help, but the governor says that he hopes power and water will be restored here not in months like it was after maria, but in days. again, we're expecting an update from him within the hour. more than a thousand people across puerto rico were rescued according to the governor. 2,000 or so spent the night in emergency shelters, and again, a concern here the drinking water and also fuel, not just for driving but a lot of these people here in puerto rico, they have portable generators. they need that fuel to keep those running, so we expect a run on gas stations throughout the day. overnight hurricane fiona intensified to a category 3 storm, now bearing down on turks and caicos.
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you see some of the detective stays left behind in puerto rico. >> the numbers you're giving us are jaw dropping. 1.2 million without power, 81% of the island without power, and then 800,000 people with no access to drinking water. have you seen a response by government officials to this disaster? i mean, are you seeing in the streets people helping? take a look at these images. i mean, there are areas that were completely under water for hours. >> reporter: yeah, that's exactly right. not just for hours. really for days. remember, jose, this storm, it made landfall in puerto rico on sunday. it was still raining late into last night, and frankly, even this morning we got some -- you know, some outer rain showers from the outer bands of the storm and still dumps some more water here. think about that. there are some parts of puerto rico that got more than 30 inches of rain. that is rivaling hurricane maria. again, as my cameraman here
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pans, you can see there's a little bit of water left in this neighborhood, but thankfully this water went down so quickly overnight, and that is incredibly good news for puerto rico as these rivers, these swollen rivers come down a little bit, these neighborhoods will get some relief. but yes, so much of this island was devastated. so many rescues happening and the full scope of this disaster we still do not know because the terrain in puerto rico, jose, as you well know, very mountainous, some very rural areas, and there are trees like this that are blocking roads that rescuers can't even get to right now that supplies can't even get to. the one bright side, jose, i will say having covered hurricane maria five hours ago, communication on the island, cell phone towers much better this time around than last time around, at least in many parts of the island. i believe 70% of cell sites are
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still working. during hurricane maria, that was an even bigger challenge right after that storm hit. still the recovery process here will be long. the question is how long. the governor hopes to have power back within days. we'll see if that happens. >> gabe gutierrez in salinas puerto rico. thank you so much. with us now to take a closer look at the response is a fema associate administrator for response is and recovery. thank you so much for being with us this morning. what can you tell us about the situation on the ground in puerto rico right now? >> thank you, jose, and thank you for focusing on puerto rico today. the situation on the ground, we're in lock step with the commonwealth ensuring that all life safety missions are activated and supported. we're also laser focused on power restoration. as your report mentioned right before this, you know, that is our number one priority. we always plan for contingencies in these types of situations. whenever a hurricane hits, we expect power outages and we are positioned to help support not
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only temporary power for critical facilities but commodities for folks who need them. >> so what kinds of things, for example, just hearing from gabe's report, 800,000 people without access to drinking water. the power situation, of course, is a critical -- of critical importance. what is fema doing to help puerto ricans right now? >> absolutely. we're working closely with the commonwealth. in fact, administrator chris well is touching down right now to meet with not only the governor but to oversee our response and recovery efforts. we have search and rescue personnel on the ground working closely with the national guard as well as working on temporary power missions to ensure that backup generation and power support is ongoing while power continues to be restored on the island. >> and you know, this today marks five years to the day since hurricane maria devastated puerto rico. what has fema learned from maria that it has applied to disasters like the one we're seeing again in puerto rico today?
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>> yeah, we've learned a few lessons and we have implemented them. over the last few years, we've worked in lock step with not only puerto rico but the virgin islands through our caribbean area office to build capability, planning capacity, to exercise that planning to ensure that we're ready for the next disaster. in this case, we not only did that, but we predeployed resources. we were on the ground -- fema staff were on the ground last week working with officials to ensure that we were ready when the storm hit. those efforts are paying off, in addition to that, we've expanded greatly on warehouse capacity. we went from one warehouse that include ten times the food and water and three times the emergency generation support. we were well-positioned to address this hurricane, and we will continue to support the commonwealth through the response and the recovery, and jose, as you mentioned, it is the five-year anniversary. we are laser focused not only on the life and safety of the residents of puerto rico, but
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also the whole recovery, the emotional recovery. we're working right now to ensure that we have resources on the ground, counselors on the ground will be open up for disaster recovery centers to meat those needs. >> thank you very much for being with us this morning. the red cross also has disaster teams in puerto rico right now. if you'd like to help, go to you can call 800-red-cross or text the word red cross to 900 -- excuse me. 90999 and you can make a donation there. it's a situation that really needs our help. if you can help, that would be fantastic. there have been 632 after shocks in mexico after a powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck yesterday. the quake causing buildings to sway. this is in mexico city, far away
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from it, but take a look at this building swaying. the mexican government says at least two people have died as a result of this earthquake. the quake happened less than an hour after a nationwide earthquake drill marking the anniversary of two deadly earthquakes in mexico, one in 2017 that killed hundreds and one in 1985 that killed thousands. joining us now nbc's guad venegas. you see this, and you're like 19th of september. >> that's what people are saying in mexico. this is a day that the president had chosen, jose, to have an earthquake drill, a simulation, to test the alarms and also to remember the tragedies of those days, right? so people were getting ready, jose, for this -- it was at 12:19 when they did the drill. some people walked outside. they said the alarms work well, and less than an hour later a
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real earthquake hits mexico. the strongest one, 5.8, this time around it was in a different area. this time it was in meet roe can. last time the one in 2017 the epicenter was further sourt in mexico. this earthquake, the city that we've learned had the most damage as of now is mansanillo, a lot of americans, canadians live there. this is where two people died. they have nine people that were also injured and some of the damages. they have more than 100 homes that were damaged, roads, hospitals and other buildings. the military is helping, jose, about 3,000 of them have been sent to the area to assess the damage. >> and guad, your parents live nearby. how did they describe what they heard and felt? >> my dad was on a road near mitrocan, and he said it felt
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like walking on jell-o. he said it was a slow movement. it was about a minute long. he went through a lot of the earthquakes we had in california and he said this one was a lot longer. other people i spoke to on the phone yesterday said it was a bit surreal. they knew there was an earthquake drill earlier, so it was on their mind. is this real? is it not real? of course the people that heard the alarms again, so there was some confusion for a lot of individuals who heard the alarm for a second time and had to run outside. >> thank you so very much for being with us this morning rngts striking new information from the border showing a number of people risking life and limb to enter the u.s. is rising, and it's rising in record numbers. but first, the battle over classiied documents stored at mar-a-lago is heating up. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports."
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17 past the hour, and now to the latest on the investigation into former president donald trump's handling of classified information. trump's lawyers have until noon eastern today to respond to the justice department's appeal of a federal judge's ruling blocking it from using classified records that the fbi seized when it searched trump's mar-a-lago estate last month. this comes as judge raymond dearie, the special master appointed to review the recovered documents is scheduled to hold a preliminary conference with both sides this afternoon, one day after they responded to the judge's proposal for how he would conduct his review. with us now to talk about this is nbc news investigative correspondent tom winter, and paul butler a former federal prosecutor who is now a professor at georgetown university law center. he is also an msnbc legal analyst. so tom, what did the judge propose when it comes to reviewing the documents, and what are both sides saying about
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it? >> well, a couple of different things. we don't have his specific proposal. but we know from what the justice department filed last night as well as trump's own attorneys that we have a pretty good sense of what's being talked about here. one is the schedule to not only review the documents but litigate them for any potential privileged material between now and november 30th, which is really this deadline, jose, for this review to be completed, this especially master to be done with what they need to do in order to get these documents presumably back over to the justice department and federal investigators so they can move forward with the investigation into what we now know they found at mar-a-lago and documents that they received prior to that. so that's the first thing. they're going to go back and forth about that on a couple of different levels, and of course it's 2022 and not 1992, so there's a lot more tools are at their hands and fingertips to be able to look through this material electronically. that's why i think this review
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can probably be so compressed when it comes to a time line. that's the first thing. the second issue is trump's attorneys coming forward and saying, look, you're asking us for a list of documents that we think we declassified or former president trump declassified on his way out of the oval office. we have a problem with that because we might use that type of information in what's called a rule 41 motion to challenge the very existence of the search warrant to challenge federal investigator's ability to look at anything they seize or use it in any sort of investigation. that's the first thing. the second thing is should there be an indictment in this case. that might be something that we use as a defense. they're really balking at that. it will be interesting to see what happens in this hearing at 2:00 p.m. eastern today to see if the special master agrees with the defense, whether or not he wants to push forward and whether or not trump's own attorneys go back to judge cannon in florida and ask her to make a ruling on it because it appears that it's not quite settled based on her orders. a lot of questions, jose, i
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think we're going to have some clarity within the next several hours. >> so paul, is there a strategy behind the trump team's unwillingness to identify which documents were indeed declassified, if any of them were? >> well, you know, it's been said on social media and in interviews by trump's people that he unclassified the documents, but his lawyers have never made that assertion in court where lawyers have to say what's true or they get in trouble with the bar, so they haven't presented any evidence at all that the documents were unclassified, it's unusual, jose, for the judge to refer to something that might be a controversy on fox news, but it actually hasn't been raised in her courtroom. this afternoon judge dearie may ask trump's lawyers directly, did donald trump unclassify the documents when and where? >> is that something that the
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special master could do? i mean, i'm just wondering, paul, what are the -- what are the rights or the power that the special master has and doesn't have? >> so he will go through these thousands of documents that trump people are wanted raymond dearie appointed, but the department of justice that there was no need because its prosecutors already conducted their review. nonetheless, the judge allowed it, judge cannon, so jose, judge cannon remains the boss, including the boss of the special master. so any recommendation that the special master makes is judge that, a recommendation to judge cannon. she's the ultimate decider. of course she can -- her rulings can be appealed to the 11th circuit, which the department is partially doing now. >> and tom, where can we expect things to go from here?
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>> well, i think paul just touched on it. one, does this all go back to judge cannon, and from there does judge cannon make a decision, what will federal prosecutors do based on that as we know, and as paul referred to, the partial appeal that is ongoing in the 11th circuit. we expect the filing within the next hour and a half or so from trump's team on that to respond to what the justice department has put forward as far as this idea of slowing down or stopping what judge cannon ruled on, the review, the national security review of these documents and for federal investigators using them pending the outcome of the special master. so that's something that we should get. as far as next steps, it's really all about the 2:00 hearing. >> tom winter and paul butler, i thank you both for being with us this morning. up next, new details about the discovery of hundreds of bodies in mass graves in ukraine. we'll get reaction from president zelenskyy's former press secretary. you're watching "jose
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the u.n. general assembly where the war is set to be center stage. it comes as ukrainian forensic technicians say they have recovered hundreds of bodies from makeshift grave sites in the city of izyum. and president zelenskyy says they have found torture chambers in the region of kharkiv, a claim not verified by nbc news. meanwhile, a growing number of russian-backed separatists in eastern ukraine have announced plans to hold referendums pushing to join russia. joining us now is david ignatius, foreign columnist and associate editor at "the washington post" and an msnbc contributor. david, always great seeing you. a wz e learn more about these disturbing findings in ukraine, do you think anything of substance will come from them? i mean, the u.n. is gathering to talk about this. do you see anything coming from this? >> in terms of actual prosecution, jose, that's obviously going to wait for some kind of international tribunal, but certainly this latest
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evidence of war crimes committed by russia in izyum and elsewhere adds to the global sense of anger. it was striking that last week president putin heard from two leaders who were supposedly among his allies in effect. president xi jinping of china and prime minister modi of india, basically expressions of concern that the war is continuing, it's gone on too long. time to end it, real evidence that those two countries are distancing themselves from russia. so as the u.n. general assembly opens, i think we're seeing a situation in which there's growing pressure, frustration, isolation of russia. the evidence of atrocities just adds to that. >> and so when, you know, folks like putin are more and more cornered, sometimes the reaction
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of these people can be even worse than what has happened until then. what are you seeing as far as putin and how he sees himself more isolated and how he could maybe react in a different manner? >> as putin suffers these defeats, the defeat in the east in kharkiv and that offensive was stunning. he basically has two choices. he can either define victory downwards and say this is really all about the donbas region and the east of ukraine. that's why we started the war, and there's evidence that they may be moving down that track. the calls for referendum that would declare those two breakaway regions as part of russia, that may be part -- the alternative, rather than defining victory now were to escalate, to mobilize russian forces in a way that putin has not yet done, to threaten or use additional weapons that would
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expand this conflict. currently, i think, u.s. officials don't believe that putin will choose that avenue of escalation, but it's clear that he's trying to -- that there is a rush to get these areas in the donbas, donetsk and luhansk, part of russia, which gives russia additional leverage to squeeze ukraine even more. >> i'm just wondering if putin sees that he can survive this the way things are right now? >>. >> so putin is not a man who knows how to or will accept losing. it's just not in him. i think the question as he stretches things out is is he looking for an exit ramp. ukrainians for the moment, jose, think they want to roll as far as they can in this offensive. they want us to continue pumping weapons in. they want to take as much
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territory in the east. they're still moving aggressively in the south, in the kherson front, that's really strategic and important for them. they want to keep going, and the question is whether putin is seeing this continue push by ukraine, decides that he's got a better option in diplomacy than he has on the battlefield. perhaps we're getting closer to that moment where he decides this is not going well for us. the alternatives in terms of mobilization of russian forces will only disrupt russia even more than has been the case so far. >> david ignatius, it's always a pleasure to speak with you. i thank you for your time. joining us now is yulia mandell, former press secretary tor president of ukraine zelenskyy and author of "the fight of our lives" yulia, it's great seeing you. i want to first ask you about what you're learning from officials in the eastern city of izyum. what do you make of what
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officials have uncovered there? >> well, thank you, jose, for having me. this is really terrible what we found because this mass graves with 445 civilian bodies and 17 -- at least 17 servicemen, they show that the majority of these people, they were tortured heavily before they died, and we also find kids there and the whole families with the kids, so on one hand, ukrainians are of course celebrating their counteroffensive, but on the other hand all our hearts are bleeding when we'll see this, and when we'll understand that it's really scary what's going on right now in occupied territories after, you know, we can regain these territories back. >> and you know, speaking with david about this, but following the recent setbacks, some of the war's biggest supporters inside russia have expressed dissatisfaction about the war. how significant do you think the pushback is within russia?
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>> well, jose, you know, in my book "the fight of our lives" i'm explaining how difficult it is to move towards democracy in parts of that region, but with this war, you know, it's the fight of david and goliath. it's the fight of a very fragile, a young democracy against the biggest autocracy there. and actually, that's why we asked the world to help us to unify and to strengthen our capacity and to stand shoulder to shoulder with our soldiers. right? so the issue is that we hope that this victory will not be the victory of only ukraine. this will also give cracks into this autocratic regime of putin and that will provide some area of hope to many people who suffer autocracy in russia. >> and yulia, the u.n. general
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assembly will allow president zelenskyy to deliver a speech virtually during this year's summit. what do you expect him to say to his fellow world leaders? >> well, in fact, of course the most important message is to say that we have gained -- we have a lot of achievements in this war, right? first of all, putin has not issued his goals and we are independence country. we have our leader, you know, democratically elected, but on the other hand, even despite of successful counteroffensives, we need to continue this fight for the reason that around over 15, i think, percent of ukrainian territory is still under russian occupation. 1.2 million of ukrainians still stay there, and if we now stop, if we go into fatigue, this means that we actually can, you know, lose all those achievements and we cannot leave ukraine alone. he will definitely ask for help with weaponry and i'm sure that
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all ukrainians are very grateful for that, how the united civilized world stands with us, helps us, you know, and the united states is among the first leaders to push this help to ukraine. >> yulia, what are we going to learn when we read your book? >> thank you. well, you need to learn that ukraine is the biggest democracy and the biggest territory of freedom on the region, and you are going to learn a lot about the transition of president volodymyr zelenskyy from a comedian to a state sman and from a statesman to a leader of country in war, and i hope you will enjoy understanding how much ukraine has achieved in the last 31 years of independence, and actually, why we all are similar in our values.
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>> yulia thank you very much for being with us this morning. appreciate it. up next, president biden is catching a lot of heat for saying the pandemic is over. i'm going to ask congressman raul ruiz who's also a doctor about where he thinks we stand in the pandemic and so much more. congressman, it's good to see you. we'll talk with you in just a minute. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports." ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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border patrol detained more than 200,000 people. that's up 1.7% from july, which is another almost record number, and september could bring even more record numbers with data obtained by nbc news showing nearly 8,000 people crossing the border every day in recent weeks. meanwhile, a texas county sheriff in el paso announced an investigation into flights coordinated by texas's governor that took dozens of people who crossed the texas border into martha's vineyard last week. with us now is nick mereoff who's been covering this story closely for "the washington post" and does extraordinary work. 2 million arrests in 11 months and those numbers could keep rising? >> oh, yeah, i mean, we know they've continued to rise because september is almost over, and in another month or so, we'll get a full picture of the government's 2022 fiscal
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year, and you know, those numbers are going to come in somewhere around 2.3 to 2.4 million arrests, and that is far higher than anything we've ever seen, and it breaks last year's record of 1.73 million in a single year. >> and nick, there is 175% increase in people crossing the border from venezuela, nicaragua and cuba this august versus the same time last year. why are we seeing those numbers rise as fewer people cross from mexico and northern central america? >> yeah, that was one of the interesting things in the latest figures released by the department of homeland security. for the first time, migrants from the countries you listed, venezuela, cuba, nicaragua, now outnumber the number who were taken into custody who came from mexico and central america. that's a really important shift, and the administration is seizing on that and blaming the -- what it calls the failing
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authoritarian regimes of those countries for sending so many migrants northward. but what i can tell you is that a big reason that that is occurring is because the strain in diplomatic relations that the united states has with cuba and venezuela and nicaragua makes it almost impossible for u.s. authorities to send deportees to those countries. so when migrant and asylum seekers, many of these folks are going to be seeking asylum in the united states, when they showed up on the border, the chances that they're going to be sent back to their own countries are pretty close to nil. >> and just to think of the distances that they have to -- each one of those countries, but venezuela and cuba specifically, the distances and danger they have to go through in order to get to the southern border is just extraordinary. and nick miroff, i thank you very much for being with us this morning. joining us now california congressman raul ruiz, chair of
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the congressional hispanic caucus. it's always a pleasure to see you. let's talk about these numbers. it is a humanitarian crisis. it's a humanitarian crisis that's in our border but throughout our country, hundreds of thousands of people with no resources. the data shows numbers are only going to grow. where's the policy, congressman, to deal with this? >> well, i think it's very important to really draw a contrast here because we've seen that the republican approach to the humanitarian crisis is to create a larger humanitarian crisis through ridicule, deceit, and mockery for political gain, and the democratic approach under the leadership of president biden is to put people above politics and to modernize our border, to build an international coalition through the summit of the americas, to make agreements with shared responsibility, to ensure that we send resources to expedite judges, lawyers, for the court
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hearings that we need, and to ultimately pass immigration reform that will help solve this issue including the dream and promise act, the farm work force modernization act without any republican support in the senate, so we haven't been able to get that through the senate. however, that's -- those are the steps that we need to do not, you know, lie and coerce the venezuelans who are fleeing autocraies and shipping them to different places for political propaganda and theater, we need real solutions. >> yeah, and the numbers of people -- i mean 8,000 people crossing every single day and the border communities there are having to, for the most part, shoulder the responsibility of treating these people in a humane and respectful way, which they do. i'm just wondering, congressman, boy, if you leave on a raft from cuba and try to reach south
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florida and you're intercepted by the coast guard and sent back, same thing happens for people that leave haiti, which is a country that is really going through some critical moments, but if those same people then take the risk of even more intense and go through the jungles, or in cuba go through nicaragua and gou through mexico, all of that entails making the cartels billionaires, then you're allowed to stay. it seems as though, congressman, there is no national concrete policy to deal with people so that they can humanely ask for asylum, maybe even in their own countries. >> well, there are efforts, and the programs that allowed for asylum claims to happen in their host countries, including for children was eliminated and
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defunded by the trump administration. the biden administration has resumed those, including the ability throughout the path or the journey to start the process for any asylum claim. it's very important to realize that these individuals who are stepping foot in the united states have the legal right to seek asylum and petition for asylum. so they are turning themselves in to the authorities to make their claim, and then they go through a process within the united states. it is their american legal right to seek asylum, and many of them are being persecuted. many of them are fleeing for freedom because they come from authoritarian regime nations. many of them have had their agricultural systems devastated by hurricanes and are experiencing extreme hunger. many of them are being threatened rape or murder if
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they don't join a drug cartel or a gang in their host country, so those are legitimate claims to seek asylum in our country. the way we handle those is the different -- you can see the difference between republicans who are putting their politics above the humanitarian claims and our own legal system versus the democrats who are professionalizing and bringing humanity back to a system, but we also have to go after the drug cartels, and we have to go after the root causes, which president biden is doing. >> and congressman, you're a doctor, i just wanted your thoughts on in that 60 minutes interview, president biden said the pandemic is over. what are you saying? >> i say that we are clearly in a different phase given the american rescue plan and president biden's leadership, we got kids responsibly back in schools, people back in work, small businesses to keep their doors open.
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our society and our economy is roaring back. however, the pandemic is not over, and we need to really double down and ensure that everybody gets vaccinated. the more people get vaccinated, the more we reduce the spread of this virus, the sooner the pandemic will be over and the safer our safer our communities will be. >> congressman ruiz, always a pleasure to see you and thank you for time. >> thank you. a note, today is national voter registration day, and our plan your vote tool is ready to give you the information you need to register to vote. learn about mail-in and early voting options, and what to bring with you on election day and a whole lot more. the rules in your state may have changed since 2020, so it's time to get planning. you can just scan the qr code and you can be taken to the site. get your phone and go up to the screen and pop it. and protests over the death
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54 past the hour. iran's president expected to speak tomorrow at the u.n. general assembly in new york as widespread protests break out in iran over the death of a woman detained by the country's morality police over a violation of its mandatory hijab law. joining us from tehran, ollie. >> authorities here surprisingly denied culpability in the death of the woman after she was arrested by the morality police who enforce very strict dress codes on women. the police say she fell ill due to a pre-existing medical condition as she was waiting with other women held by the morality police, and her father repeatedly said she had no
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