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taking >> fault lines... al jazeera america's hard hitting... >> they're locking the doors... >> ground breaking... >> we have to get out of here... >> truth seeking... >> breakthrough investigative documentary series space inc. only on al jazeera america >> good evening everyone. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. tragedy at sea, students, missing in a ferry disaster off of south korea. 24 hours later families clinging to hope. hours after the start of high level talks, pro-russian gunman ignore the talks and seize more ukrainian properties. borderlines, the white house
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blaming republicans for reform delays and in depth look at what's at stake. five days in droit owners detroit. tens of thousands of are buildings rotting. the effort to heal that city. >> and too few clowns. the crisis, not many people willing to play for laughs. >> it's just after 9:00 in the morning in south korea where hundreds of families are holding out hope. crews are searching for, a ferry that sank at sea. 290 still missing. the ferry left inchon south korea. 300 teens were on board as part of a high school trip but
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something happened when the ship reached the southern tip of the peninsula near the island of jendo. harry fawcett on jindo island. harry bring us up to date on the rescue efforts. >> they are of course continuing early this evening. the diving teams they have been trying to gain access once again to the submerged wreck from 6:00 local time this morning. but so far it's been too difficult. there's a fast current, low visibility, haven't been able to gain access. there has also been a revision of the numbers. south korean authorities saying 475 people were initially on board this ship. and that 6 have now been confirmed dead. four students, one crew member and one teacher. the sixth of those was just a few minutes ago publicly identified over the pa system here.
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where parents were gathering for news. one woman erupted in grief behind me. it's a very raw, emotional time for these parents involved. >> there has been a lot of confusion, especially with some crew members telling them to abandon ship, some telling them stay on board. what do you know about that? >> those were the accounts that we were getting on social media almost immediately after the accident happened. the students told to stay where they were, awferl the water -- all of a sudden the water rushed in. he could see the people getting trapped. there was simply not time to get to the exits. one of the parents we spoke to at the dock side last night was very critical of the ferry company and the people on the ferry for that point that 16, 17-year-old young people, able bodied young people would have been able to get out in greater number had they been given the correct instruction. so i'm sure that will be part of
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the instruction going forward. >> harry i'm sure that's a very difficult scene behind you on the floor. what are parents and relatives being told about the rescue efforts? >> there are updates coming accredit the public address system. gathering of parents at the ports just a few minutes' drive away from here where really the center of operations are, boats are coming back and forth, some of those parents have been taxicab out -- taken out during daylight hours. they were promised that yesterday, some parents were taken out overnight, perhaps 50, 60 parents were taken to the scene. there was effort to keep them informed but everybody so desperate for information and there is frustration it isn't coming quickly enough. >> harry, what do we know about away might have caused this accident? >> this is the great unanswered question of this disaster so far. along with the hunt for any
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possible survivors, along with indeed what is likely to turn into recovery of bodies operation in the coming days. investigators will be trying to find out exactly how this ferry which is a relatively modern craft and with applie plies thie be often during the week and with a captain who is most experienced on this fleet, how it simply came over t to turn od sink so quickly. there are reports by the new agency, saying there wasn't an official cause yet established and they set up a 30-person investigation team led by the coast guard to try to ascertain how this happened in such quick time as well.
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>> harry fawcett reporting from jindo island, thank you. many sent out messages on social media. richelle carey has that story. richelle. >> some people on the mainland who were communicating with relatives on that ferry as it went down. and those relatives now fear the worst. as the ferry li lir lunche t side. >> water came up to my neck. >> the announcement told us we should stay still but the ship was already sinking. there were a lot of students who did not get out of the ship. >> reporter: but as night fell
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and frightened parents waited on the dock side, fear gave way to despair. >> do you think they're alive now? they are dead, already all dead. then we should at least recover them. the authorities just keep saying that search operations are underway. >> reporter: according to the south korean broadcaster ytn, one student to his mother: mom, i'm sending you this now because i'm afraid i won't be able to send it later. i love you. why? i was wondering why you didn't check the mefn messenger. she didn't get a response. desperately saying, grandma, i think i'm going odie. i can't hold onto the rail.
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they were able to speak one more time but the granddaughter only said, i have to go, and hung up. divers are actively trying to get access to some of the compartments in the ferry. we're still waiting to hear what they find. some parents, of course they're parents, they're still holding out hopes but by all reports the ferry went down very quickly, john. >> richelle, thank you. incident coming to a head on the eastern border of russian. pro-russian forces seized vehicles, military presence is being stepped up on sea on air and on land. tomorrow the ukraine, russia, european union and the white house begin talks.
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john schifrin explains. >> ukraine is the bridge between the west and the east, and its fate will determine the international order from the cold war. for centuries yuen was russian. and eastern ukraine, most people speak russian, and call moscow the mother land. when the soviet union broke up, ukraine went west. by 2009, nine more countries. nato on russia's doorstep unnerved mow moscow and russian president vladimir putin wants it to stop. >> russian sees ukraine as an area of its national security interest and president putin has
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warned time and time and time again that this is line not to be crossed. >> those russian troops on the border and the pro-russian troops inside ukraine, hopes it will change and be more likely to accept russian demands. >> there has to be an inclusive process that would involve constitutional reform, federalization, giving autonomy to the regions with the majority of russian speaking population. >> reporter: why is the u.s. so worried? this dangerous brinksmanship threatens a return to the cold war. under the cold war, countries redrew borders with force. that would give license to tactics that were supposed to end with the end of the cold war. >> if this kind of thing becomes the norm again we're in a world in which the number of major security problems of potential wars, that could break out, in europe as well as in other parts
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of the world, really multiplies. >> reporter: but what can the u.s. do? it's unlikely to go to war, but it can target russia's main source of revenues. the u.s. can sanction energy exports, that would weaken russia's economy. >> it's amatter of everybody -- a matter of everybody coming together and sacrifice sharing the sacrifice among the western powers that have to impose the sanctions. >> ukraine is a test of western resolve, how countries in the 21st century resolve conflicts and whether the ukrainian bridge is strong enough to last or is allowed to collapse. and nick schifrin joins us from jerusalem. based on your time in ukraine, is there a sense that the people there believe the united states is willing to go to the map to
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support kiev? >> reporter: in a word no. john, there is no interest in the u.s. to go to war over ukraine and there's not a lot of expectation from ukrainians whether they're from the west or east, that the u.s. will go to war on their behalf. and so therefore, they know that they have to rely on their own government, to do that or at least to defend themselves against russian intervention or possible russian invasion. but frankly, the government hasn't really proven able to do that. earlier this week it set deadlines that came and went without any kind of actual action from the ukrainian military, against some of these pro-russian militants or pro-russian demonstrators. in the east it has set another deadline and is trying to make sure of that. but a lot of people in the west say it's very difficult to actually defend ukraine, defend the people of eastern ukraine from a russian invasion if kiev
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itself, if the ukrainian government itself isn't able to do so on its own. isn't able to figure out its own divide from the eastern half speaks russian, the western half of the speaks ukrainian, corruption and a real lack of government services being delivered. so until the government itself is able to defend itself a lot of people in the west are flummoxed of what to do how to support the ukrainian government if it's simply not strong enough to support itself. >> that's nick schifrin, thank you. white house spokesman says talk is one thing, action is another. warning of more sanctions to punish russia. earlier i asked to new mexico former governor bill richardson
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and asked him what russia wants. >> it is obvious they have substantial designs over eastern ukraine. putin wants to restore himself as the self-proclaimer of a new russian ethos, unfortunately, this is creating enormous geopolitical tension in ukraine, in crimea. i think the situation is dire. obviously, these militants that are out there are pro-soviet, the russian he are pushing them. so -- russian he are pushing them. it's an unfortunate situation. diplomacy is the issue. >> is this about vladimir putin's ego? >> this is about the russian country. obviously putin has tapped into a feeling in russia that they lost a lot of their territory and their power. this is why he's at 75% popular.
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a good part of it is his ego. but another part is domestic pushes for russia to regain that strength, it had before, from its own people. but also, i believe within ukraine, there is a substantial pro-russian, russian population, that saw what happened in crimea, and thinks it's on a roll, and wants the same to happen in eastern ukraine. >> so what's the incentive for russia to pull back? >> the incentive is, negative sanctions, john. tough sanctions from the united states, from the european union in the areas of energy, banking, technology. russia is a big, global economic power. those sanctions would bite. and i believe so far, the u.s. and the european union have been
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trying to give russia a chance to back off a bit. but i think this meeting in geneva is going to be most important this determining whether russia is ready to back off. otherwise these sanction he are going to happen and they will bite. they will affect russia. >> they will affect russia but will they work. >> i believe they feel in my judgment that what they've done so far in eastern -- in ukraine and in crimea and eastern ukraine, has restored a bit of the glitter that they used to have. he's also a pragmatist, putin. and i don't think he's going to push the european union and the united states more than he has. i think there's going to be an end game there. otherwise i think there's going to be a lot of economic pain for putin. now, again, we don't know. he's -- he seems to be on a roll. he seems to be heading straight
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towards an abyss that he may have very strong difficulty in getting out of. >> ambassador it's good to have you on the program. thanks again. >> thank you. >> now, to the deep sea search for missing flight 370. it's back underway. crews have sent the u.s. navy's blue fin 21 submarine, into the indian ocean for the third time wednesday but the depth and technical problems slow that search. nothing from the jet has been found. they warn it could take weeks or even months to scan that entire area. coming up on this broadcast, on edge. people in kansas are nervous about getting on the highway around kansas city after nearly two dozen seemingly random shootings. plus urban decay. detroit's plans to get rid of thousands of abandoned and decrepit homes. and no more clowning around. why the circus profession is
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facing a serious talent shortage.
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>> results of analyses were skewed in favor of the prosecution >> the fbi can't force the states to look at those cases >> the truth will set you free yeah...don't kid yourself >> the system has failed me >> boston is beefing up security for monday's marathon after a scare last night.
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25-year-old kevin edison is under arrest, after a hoax. he claimed to have a rice cooker with him. judge ordered a mental health exam for edison. 20 highway shootings in kansas since march wounding 20 people, ash-har quraishi reports. >> for the last week and a half, kansas city police have been posted along highways where a rash of serial shootings have police on edge. >> shots fired into his vehicle. >> this is the first one hit. >> someone fired at chris's car. as he exited off the highway to his home. out of caution he asks we only use his face.
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embedding in his right leg. >> that's where it is, still ask. >> ten minutes after chris was shot just miles away tom mcfarrland was also targeted. >> i know there was a vehicle over my right back shoulder and that's exactly where the bullet came from. >> reporter: since early march police say there have been more than 20 highway shootings and investigators say more than 12 of them are linked. what they won't say is did they have information about a weapon or shooter's vehicle. >> it is so inconsistent with some of the information we have we don't want to suggest we are looking for a specific thing. >> seven of the shootings took place around this interchange, near the grand view triangle. nearly all of the drivers were shot at in early evening hours. a number of the victims appeared to come under fire from another vehicles when highways split or using off ramps. michael tapman, former version
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investigator with fbi. >> doesn't appear to be a sniper, someone lying in wait for his victims. a little bit of recklessness involved there. it's a little different than what we've seen but it's somebody who i think is clearly trying to attract attention and getting us talking about what's happening. >> reporter: kansas city atf. and fbi, until that happens, kansas city drivers are advised to remain alert while officers keep a close eye on rush hour drivers. >> when the highway is exiting, or splitting, my attention is piqued. >> ash-har quraishi, al jazeera,
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kansas city. >> in a court filing, gm says bankruptcy reorganization gives it liability. it's asking a federal judge to shield it from liability lawsuits linked to crashes before the bankruptcy. the auto maker is already facing dozens of suits for ignition swishes blamed for 13 deaths. part of a continuing look at the issues affecting people in america's cities. tonight, how the city is battling blight. detroit is prepared to spend more than $5000million to work with abandoned structures. bisi onile-ere is with me. bisi. >> john, as part of its
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bankruptcy exit plan the city is looking to tear down all of the blight. it's a monumental effort that could change the face of detroit. 80,000 abandoned buildings fill detroit's landscape. the result of 50 years of decline. race riots in the 1960s, a dying auto industry, and finally the great recession fueled the exodus. the population down to 700,000 after a peak of close to 2 million. >> we saw a lot of folks just walk away, i have folks call me saying, i can't afford it, i'm leaving. >> neighborhoods like marcus cummings', are rotted out. >> it's tough to see it go down this far but we're hanging in there. i will say that we're hanging in there. >> these are areas targeted by scrappers, squatters and illegal
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dumpers. >> was there ever a sense of hopelessness with the blight? >> maybe not hopelessness but definitely frustration, with the fact we're stuck with these homes for so long and nobody was maintaining them. nobody was taking responsibility. >> reporter: they are now. detroit is now embarking on a historic effort to tear down blight. in its bankruptcy reorganization, detroit is credit proposing to ray reyes o 550 buildings per week. >> the city's biggest challenge after eliminating blight is to begin to assemble the land for
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reuse. >> reporter: and the city has also just begun and online program to auction off vacant city-owned homes. and the detroit blight task force has spent the past seven months working on a plan of action. that city is expected to be released sometime soon and once we see it it will provide us on a road map how to city may proceed. john. >> so bisi, once the buildings are torn down, what happens to the land? >> well, there have been state and city leaders who have suggested possibly using the land for urban farming which is actually something that's taking place in some communities here in detroit and there's also been talk of actually shrinking the city. so certainly innovative ways that the city ask looking to now repurpose this land. >> bisi onile-ere, bisi, thank you very much very much. and tomorrow bisi will tell us how one man is making it possible for hundreds of detroit
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entrepreneurs to get their businesses off the ground. that's here tomorrow on this newscast. there is new research out tonight about the impact of recreational marijuana use on the brain. a small study in the journal of neuroscience says, they detected brain abnormalities in people who smoked marijuana as little as once a week. it's one of the first studies of its kind focus on recreational marijuana smokers. children kidnapped bir gunmeby gunmenat a school. america's immigration policy. also cuban doctors sent to venezuela. defecting to the united states, it's becoming a cuban mel
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emergency. -- medical emergency.
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>> and welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. a lot more to cover in this half hour. border land, how a group of americans are dealing with a lesser reality of immigration and the violence of the border. plus, doctors defecting, why cuban medical doctors sent to vengz are leaving -- venezuela are leaving, despite getting more money. and clowning no laughing matter. and richelle, the top stories in tonight's briefing. >> john, divers are trying to search a capsized ferry in the yellow sea. the vessel was carrying more than 400 passengers most of them teenagers on a high school trip. more than 290 passengers still missing, confirmed dead, six.
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anxious parents spent a long night waiting ashore hoping for news. nato says it's stepping up its military presence along the eastern border with russia. nato says it will begin flying more aircraft and deploying more ships in the baltic region. searkt john kerrsecretary of sty will be meeting in geneva with the european union, ukraine and russia. pro-russian protesters in the eastern part of the country, gaining strengths. our kim vanel is on the ground in donetske. >> reporter: it is still not clear where they came from but at least six armored personnel
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carriers rolled into donetske. they were greeted with enthusiasm by some of the locals. defected to their side. >> translator: the ukrainian paratroopers switched to the people's side. you can count for yourself how many of us there are. >> reporter: occupying the regional headquarters in donetske. they took over the building ten days ago and declared a people's republic. the people are maintaining they are not separatists but locals from donetske who want more autonomy from kiev, are referendum on the sex-styled republic of donetske, and will picket if their demands are not met. armed but have not made any demands of the authorities. this man said we are not going to open fire first. if they make the first move it will be very bad for them.
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the capitol kiev ukraine's president accused russia of being behind donetske. >> russia has a new export. aside from oil and gas, russia is now exporting terrorism. sabotage groups are performing active terror in ukraine. >> the ukrainian foreign ministry has yet to comment,en kim vanel, al jazeera, donetske. there are encouraging news out of nigeria. most of the more than 100 female students an deducted in the northern state of bo-rno have been freed. yvonne ngae. >> over 100 girls kidnapped from the government school in chibook have been rescued. only 8 remain in captivity. the principal has verified the
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numbers, 8 missing, however the security services have not given any more information or detail as to exactly how this rescue operation was undertaken. we don't know whether it was dramatic. we don't know where the girls were found. we also are not sure whether any of the assailants the kidnappers were apprehended by the authorities. earlier at least ten to 15 girls had escaped from captivity and it was thought they may have given the security services some information as to the whereabouts of the other girls. so far, it looks like the work of boko haram, attacked schools before and against western education. >> that is yvonne degae reporting. delaying reforms in immigration in a statement today the president said the reforms in the senate's immigration bill would improve the economy and
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strengthen the nation's security. americans are deeply divided over immigration reform and in al jazeera america's groundbreaking series borderland they learn how dangerous it can be living near the u.s. mexican border. >> over the past two years, 132 assaults, 14 high speed chases between drug dealers and the law and one murder. >> an illegal corporate shot >> rick: sobrante immigran immid killed. >> a lot of people don't have a clue what goes down on the ranch when you live near the border. the only way to find out what's going reall on really is to seer yourself. >> taking the group to rattlesnake hill, the route that
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the gun runners take to the u.s. they are riding on something that was once mexican soil. 30,000 square miles bought by the u.s. government in 1854 following the end of the mexican american war. warren says for decades this has been a peaceful border but that has changed in the last five years. >> right here on the ranch, what can you see right here to the right and left, we were getting almost 100 illegals through here a week. most of those people were just people going north looking for work. right now, we're probably getting like 50 a month. but 70%, 70% of those people now are hauling drugs. i wrote onto a group, here were bales of marijuana in the grass.
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a man laying there face down in the ground. i sat there on the horse and said what is this? he looked up and pointed to the south and i said this is bad luck for you because i'm going ocall the border patrol. everybody we see now we turn in. >> you were talking three bales of marijuana. you're interfering with somebody's making some major money. how safe do you feel out here? >> we've had some problems. we all carry a gun. just a simple side arm. i mean, we have a good neighbor that was shot and killed. illegal, stolen a gun. happened to run into this fellow and we never know what caused that confrontation but the man was found dead. >> one of the borderland participants joins us, fashion blarinblogger joining us.
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>> thank you john i'm happy to be here. >> what struck you about what they said? >> well, just about everything. you know, what struck me most is that these ranchers are just regular, everyday americans. you know they love their country. they love what they do. and they're just trying to make a living. the glens have been on that ranch for more than five generations. what struck me most is they are now under siege, they live in fear. they can't enjoy the simplicities we do. they can't go on vacations together. they are afraid somebody will take over their ranch. they have to take separate vacations and their daughter -- it's saddening and heartbreaking to see hardworking people have to live like this. >> clearly immigration is an important issue for you. tell me how you got involved in this project and why. >> okay. well i got involved because i have some really strong issues on illegal immigration. first and foremost i'm a 9/11
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survivor. seeing everything in the aftermath yes i became fearful. i was fearful going into manhattan quite a while after 9/11. it was all to do with illegal immigrants entering this country to do us harm. i had strong feelings and 80 answered the casting call and i was selected as a result of my strong opinions. >> other than 9/11 how do you think immigrants have affectyou and your family? >> personally it has affected my family, we are not a border state but we are in between tijuana and california. i have a nine-year-old who has been in a trailer in classroom since he last gotten leer. our school system in nevada wasn't built for 12 or 15 kids in a household which are undocumented you know. so my son struggles as a result.
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his teachers struggle. the whole system is literally broken right now. >> and you know that this is a big issue in washington. the debate goes on right now. how do you think politicians have handled the issue? >> i don't think politicians have really handled it. i think everyone is caught up in the bureaucracy of the idea of illegal immigration but no one has showed the face he of what's going on. showing -- faces of what's going on. there are nine-year-olds, pregnant mothers, with who are crossing this border, border patrol turns them around, they lose their lives, there is a train that actually leaves mexico several times a day. people lose limbs, they are abandoned, this is oa bigger issue. it is not mexico's fault, not america's fault, it is a collective are problem. i don't think washington has done much to alleviate it. >> thank you very much for joining us tonight.
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of course you can watch the first episode of borderland at the top of the hour, right after this broadcasts at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific. cesar serves as the co-director for the dream action coalition. cesar welcome back. it's good to have you on the program. >> thank you so much for inviting me again. >> what's your reaction to what you just heard from kashana? >> there is a lot of things, i agree. more and more congress has failed to address such an important issue and that's something we have seen the country, the american people wanted to get it fixed. she said it perfectly, the system is broken, it doesn't work. if you ask anyone, do you still have a black and white tv? they will say no. we have a system that's over 30 years old, it's actually
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aggravating a lot of the problems the people at the border face. i totally agree. the differences between the people that come here to make a better life and those exactly bad people who should be turned away. >> you know the system very well because you came to the united states at the age of five i believe after your father passed away. it's been more than 20 years. how do you think things have changed? and what do you think the mood and the opinion of the people of the united states, how has that changed? >> i 30 what we have seen is -- i think what we have seen is it's the new wave of americans. myself i'm new yorker, i grew up in new york city. i was there for 9/11, for me it was very personal. in fact after 9/11 i tried to enlist in the military. i felt like defending my country. i graduated college, graduated
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law school, all i wanted to do was represent my country. at the same time there's a lot of miss information out there. the fact that the people who the terrorists who blew up the twin towers, they were not undocumented. they were not illegal. they actually came here legally on visas, there was a whole malfunction in the system, it wasn't reply mother, wasn't other people crossing to make a better life. there are some bad people out here. unfortunately this system doesn't work. we are spending $18 billion from taxpayers on going after house keepers going after day laborers. whether in fact that money should be going after really bad people, terrorists, rapists and that's something our system doesn't work, congress is not addressing that -- >> i just want to talk about this how it personally affects you. i mean, it's not just an issue
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for you. it's not just about statistics. this is very real, and very personal. so when you hear people talk about it, tell us about your emotional reaction. >> well, simply when i first interact with people i say this is who i am, this is who i grew up in new york, i grew up in -- i graduated college, graduated law school. people say congratulations you must make your mom proud. i tell them i'm undocumented and they completely are surprisebecause they have an -- surprised because they have an image of an immigrant crossing the border. but this is us, we share the value of the american dream going to school. washington, d.c, outside the white house with families during a hunger strike who are fighting to keep their families and these are citizens whose families are deported. because under this broken
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immigration system that the president can't stop and the president's deportation machine should focus on the rapist on the terrorist, versus on the hard worker mothers or fathers who are just working to make a better life for their kids. >> i know you will be watching this legislation and other legislation that affects you and the united states very carefully as we move on. cesar vargas, greatly to have you on the -- great to have you on the program. thank you. >> thank you. >> cuba sends venezuela doctors, in exchange venezuela ships oil to cuba. now some of those doctors want out of the program and they are defecting to the united states. mariana sanchez has the story. >> living day by day, cooking cleaning homes, hiding from the police. he doesn't want to be
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identified, terrified of arrest. he doesn't have the proper documents. >> translator: i don't want to continue living in venezuela because of the insecurity. now i have to hide lie a criminal. my passport isn't stamped. if i'm detained i'll be jailed and no one will help me. >> lazaro defected from the program, velz venezuela sends billions of dollars in oil, in return, cuba sends medical staff. this social program became the corner stone of late president hugo chavez's social program. health care to venezuelans who didn't have it. >> solidarity without borders claim 8,000 cuban doctors have
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defected. he says the number is not important. >> translator: it's true that some doctors have abandoned the social program but the number is insignificant. we are more than 70,000 doctors here. over 100,000 have come and gone. we have saved thousands of lives. moralityity rates havmorality r. so a few leaving will not affect the work. >> thousands living in slums or rural areas, cuban doctors have made a difference in her life. >> it's excellent. i always come here because he can get good care. i have never had any complaints. the doctors are wonderful. >> reporter: the cuban professionals have low salaries and are forced to stay in venezuela as long as both countries decide. but lazaro wants a better
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future. >> i'm like a boat stranded in the ocean, without a rudder. this program has been a nightmare. >> lazaro says unemployment, solitude and desperation is the price he has been forced to pay for his dreams. mariana sanchez, al jazeera, caracas venezuela. efforts are underway to tighten up health concerns in north carolina, weeks after a coal spill, coal ash was spilled. warnings over swimming in the river and eating the fish there. the plan detailed by the governor focuses on converting coal ash ponds increasing safety and protecting the quality of drinking water and groundwater. coming up next: a serious shortage of what's supposed to be one of the world's finest
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professions. and mars, one of its visitors that left behind a trail.
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>> good evening i'm meteorologist kevin corriveau. snow storm actually dropped about three inches of snow from the hudson river valley to southern vermont. today we saw temperatures rising all the way up to the high
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40s, a lot of that snow is gone, especially over new york. we saw a little bit of layering. the temperatures tonight into tomorrow morning are getting very close to freezing. 34 to 35° but the things are going to improve in the next couple of days. watching the next system close to the northern plains. temperatures are close to freezing here, cross minneapolis, we are seeing snow pushing through unfortunately over the next 12 hours we are going to be seeing anywhere between 12 and 18 inches of snow falling across wisconsin, michigan, you can see where the purple is, the problem, going to push through as we make our way towards thursday, more into canada, cooler conditions but over the next day, there is what minneapolis looks like, 28° but temperatures are on the rise. this is a look at the national weather, news is coming up now.
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>> new artwork from the renegade artist banksy, located from the british spy agency. the mysterious banksy, is known
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for his graffiti. first worked in south england in the early 1990s. are they funny or creepy? clowns say media has made a mockery of their image and that has made for fewer clowns. phil lovell reports from london. >> away from the lights it's no joke. clowns are in trouble. put a group like this together, you can guarantee there will be chaos. but there is serious talk here amidst the madness that this, the clown's agm, yes, they do have an annual general meeting. they don't make them like this anymore. which is causing somewhat of a problem. and to the professionals this is no laughing matter. they have actually seen the numbers fall. clowns, in television, movies, their image has been altered too much. they don't find them funny, they
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find them weird and in some cases, a little bit scary. in 2010, there was 22,000 in the u.s., now it's down to 2,000. the international, are 2,000, down to 200. >> the kids still love us, absolutely no question about that. we need to get the word out to moms and dads, we're still here we're not going ogo anywhere. >> joey, used to be scared of them. he became one. he wants others to follow in his footsteps. >> i got over the fear. for family and friends but after that i realized i felt it was quite fun job to do. >> these clowns were given a
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lifetime achievement award on wednesday. seven generations have been making people laugh. many see this not as a job, as a advocates. >> we are here for a purpose and this purpose is to make people happy. >> determined to have the last laugh. phil lovell. al jazeera, london. crack down deported five times, we'll update the story. plus: life on the streets of indonesia through the eyes of street musicians. they are the unlikely stars of an award-winning new documentary. those stories and more, 8 pacific, 11 erin, tonight. this photo shows a barren landscape of red rocks but if
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you look closer, you can see faint track marks from curiosity, the robot shows the expiration, curbing around giant rocks before it stops here at the bottom of the screen. and speaking of vehicles in high places, tonight's freeze frame comes from the observation deck, the 50th anniversary of the mustang, unveiling its 2015 model in front of the new york city skyline. the vehicle was brought in assembled on location. view, from richelle, we'll be right back.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm ricialg. here are tonight's top stories.
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international crews join rescue operations off the coast of south korea. capsized ferry was carrying 475 passengers, 300 of them teenagers on a high school trip. waiting for good news about survivors, about 6 people are confirmed dead. crisis in ukraine is dealt with tomorrow in geneva, secretary of state john kerry will meet with leaders from russia, ukraine and the european union,. northern state of borno, kidnapping the work of the boko haram. third day in a row looking for the missing malaysia airlines plane. the subhas had technical issues in navigating the departments.
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the search could take months. generageneral motors is tryo protect civility from lawsuits, the company should have immunity for anything that happened before the bankruptcy according to the filing. are those are the headlines. >> we made border security a top priority. >> it's not really immigration. it's an invasion. >> they're a constructive part of our society.