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>> this is al jazeera america. live from new york i'm adam may, filling in for john siegenthaler who has the night off. >> false alarm, handcuffed and arrested. >> they told me i exited a crime. >> a texas student fell victim to prejudice. >> crack down. police in hungary fire tear gas and water cannons against
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refugees. new routes to europe, often risky. >> u.s. and its allies fueled the crisis? we'll look at the roles in in syria's civil war. >> the time i wanted to deepen my purpose in life. >> david gregory on his new found faith. leaving his high powered job behind. and we begin with our special coverage this week of the refugee crisis, that stretches from the middle east all the way to europe. days of tension on the border between hungary and serbia boiled over today.
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hungarian throw tear gas and water cannons add refugees. mohammed jamjoom is on the scene. >> unwavering in the hard line they promised to take. water cannons may have pushed these refugees back into serbia but they failed to extinguish their anger . >> on the front line of riot police, the mood does still remain tense. in fact there are men who have come up in the last few minutes, urging the young men who have been protesting the last hour to step back, let cooler heads
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prevail until the situation calms down. the mood changed almost moment to moment, they chanted and cheered, thank you, in unison but they were met not with welcome, rather, force. parents were stunned as their children, the young just as affected as the old. kids cried from both the tear gas and the trauma they'd experienced. she never imagined she would see her eight-year-old daughter beaten by police. >> translator: they hit her with a baton on her head. they hit her, the hungarian police. we're from aleppo, we came from death in syria and look what happened to us here. >> he was finally free to cross
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from serbia, was the freest he felt in days. >> translator: they kept hitting us, they also kicked us. i got hit here and here. my arms and legs are injured. >> while bus rides to croatia were offered, many were frightened off. several dared not move. under the cover of darkness it was harder to see the wounds but the pain was no less severe. mohammed jamjoom al jazeera on the serbia-hungary border. >> shocked by the treatment, ban ki-moon said all migrants must be treated with respect. >> i was shocked to see how these refugees and migrants were treated. it's not acceptable. >> bold statement there.
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international human rights lawyer joining us from washington, d.c. he is a senior deirdr editor foe islamic monthly magazine. the u.n. is obviously going to have to take up this action. what action will we see? >> to make a distinction between refugees and migrants. under international law, if people are considered refugees under international law, people who have a well founded fear of persecution and violence against them, under treaties including the lisbon and dublin agreements, basically have to be given asylum, or applications for asylum. they can't be deported. migrants are groups who migrate to a country, under the doctrine they can thought be repat repatd
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back to their countries. >> so walk me through this issue with the semantics and the words that are being used here. because the term you do hear from many european leaders right now is migrant. why are they using that term rather than refugee? >> that's a very good question adam. it's really dog whistle politics. you have the guest worker program, in the '50s and '60s which brought chief slave labor from african and primary muslim countries. when you say migrants, you are using dog whistle terms. here they are to take your jobs. any decent sixed human in the world would empathize. we're dealing with right wing internationalistic islam phobiic
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terms. >> if you saying these migrants, refugees if they were of a different religion they would be treated differently? >> absolutely, absolutely. again don't forget that you know, these protests that are going on are happening on the border of hungary and serbia, the former yugoslavia had half a million muslims who were slaughtered in the previous regime. we've also seen an uptick in the last five or ten as well and many political parties are predominantly anti-muslim in their political platform. absolutely xenophobic in this dog whistle politics. >> you oar human rights lawyer. >> i am. >> could you see any scenario in which hungary has a legal basis which they are treating these
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refugees, building this fence, hitting them with water cannons? >> again this is where the u.n. and the eu needs to step in and classify these as refugees. that automatically triggers protections, international law, the 1951 refugee convention and the european treaties. hungary would have to abide by those distinction he. because the eu has not designated these groups, as refugees, i think that's why we're seeing a lot of this push back and i think individual countries are not going to take the lead in calling these people refugees for the most part, i mean you see some people taking the lead like germany and a few other countries.but the eu and international treaties need to declare these people as refugees, therefore they are triggered under the international law and european agreements as well. >> thanks so much, from washington, d.c.
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syrian president bashar al-assad is blaming the west for the refugee crisis. he says america's support for syrian opposition has actually helped fuel groups like i.s.i.l. which has torn the country apart. mike viqueria, good evening. >> reporter: adam, it's hard to believe the white house policy or president obama's policy towards your has worked. amade the best of a bad situation? should he have worked earlier to stop the carnage that is now in its fifth year? >> give me your tired your poor -- >> generosity the white house wednesday, some of the syrian refugees who have made it to the u.s. as refugees flee the carnage of war, many are asking, who bears
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the blame for syria and how much fault lies with the united states and president obama? the conflict's roots lie in the arab spring and the assad regime's violent reaction to break away groups asking for revolution. what became a protest movement became a civil war. drew the line at military intervention. >> when they saw in effect that the u.s. being the plain player in the west, really had no reaction, they considered that a cartcarte blanche. >> after deciding to launch air strikes against assad mr. obama abruptly backed away. >> i will seek authorization for the use of force from the
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american people's represents in congress. >> reporter: congress balked. then russia stemmed in brokering a -- stepped in brokering a deal, assad would give up his stock of chemical weapons. congress wanted president obama to g get tough with assad. as the summit began, assad was accused of using chlorine bombs against his opponents. mr. obama brings manied when asked about his earlier call to use strikes. >> many were upset when over two years ago, bashar al-assad used chemical weapons. no retaliation on the part of the u.s. now there's a possibility that assad has once again used chemical weapons. what did you tell these leaders here who are disappointed last time? >> first of all, michael i don't know why you're here but the
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reason i'm here is not because of what happened in syria a couple of years ago. we positioned ourselves to be willing to take military action. the reason we did not was because assad gave up his chemical weapons. >> reporter: the syria war is now in its fief fifth year, cour would president obama have tried stop the conflict earlier? the american congress, president, few had an appetite of getting involved in another conflict. >> there is no sense in my estimation that anybody is willing to do what is necessary to put together a coherent, cohesive, accountable and balanced government, in either syria or iraq. around i think by and large in the year and change to what remains to the obama administration he will try to maintain that risk aversion clearly in syria. >> reporter: with russia now
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openly aiding assad's military effort most believe hope is lost to the end of the war any time soon. >> i think obama has to bear responsibility partially for leaving a syria which has melted down in a chernobyl type way that threatens lebanon jordan has created i.s.i.s. has brought i.s.i.s. back into iraq. >> for the millions of displaced syrians more war means more refugees and more call for president obama to help stop the suffering. and adam today president obama said of those syrian refugees, we have to take our share. as secretary of state john kerry hinted that negotiations and talks are underway within the administration to take more from syria, more from the syrian refugee camps in jordan lebanon
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and turkey. >> considering high level talks with russia about syria. secretary of state john kerry said the idea came up after a phone call with sergey lavrov. the u.s. says it could be an effort to bolster the embattled syrian government. meanwhile, pentagon officials say the u.s. program is way behind schedule to fight i.s.i.l. rebels. senate armed services committee today follow allegations that top intelligence officials pressured analysts to overstate america's progress across the group. jamie mcintire is at the pentagon with more, jamie. >> well doom the u.s. military continues to urge patience. but congress is increasingly losing patience, with the
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pentagon line, mainly that i.s.i.l. is losing ground it's going to take time and a morrow bus u.s. presencmoremore robuste ground. >> i've never heard testimony like this in think years. never. >> reporter: the armed services committee hearing began on a contentious note and went down from there. christine warmouth, undersecretary for policy. what is the u.s. doing to staunch the thread of refugees leaving syria and entering europe. committee chairman john mccain. >> would i not recommend a buffer zone at this point in time. >> so everything is really going
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well? >> no, sir, that's not -- >> general austin's overall argument that progress is being made in iraq and syria, despite what he called slow movement at the tactical level was met with dereiteration, 54 u.s. trained syrian rebels only a handful are still on the battlefield. >> can you tell us what the total number of trained fighters remains? >> it's a small number. and the ones that are in the fight, is -- is -- we're talking four or five. >> reporter: four or five fighters after $40 million that was supposed to train more than 5,000. but it's really good training says the pentagon and another 120 are in the pipeline. >> the forces that we are training while right now are small in number and clearly are not going to reach the numbers that we had planned for, are nevertheless getting terrific
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training, and very good equipment april and as such we'll be able to really be force multipliers. >> incredulous senators founder that argument laughable. >> as i see it now these four or five u.s. trained fighters let's not kid ourselves, this is a toll joke. >> it is a failure, total failure, wish it weren't so but that's the fact. so it's way pastime to react to that failure. >> reporter: general austin again urged patience. >> we said at the outset that the military campaign to counter i.s.i.l. would take time and it will take time. >> reporter: but congress is losing patience and many called for action against syrian president bashar al-assad more directly. shooting down his plains, helping the anti-assad and anti-i.s.i.l. forces. adam tonight at the republican debate the so called undercard
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debate, senator lindsay graham one of the low level presidential as pyrants, he said what's needed is a regional force with jordan, turkey, the united states making up about 10% of that to go in and in his words pull i.s.i.l. out by the roots. but that is something the obama administration has steadfastly refused to even consider. adam. >> jamie mcintire at the pentagon, thank you. molly o'toole is a politics reporter, at that senate armed services hearing at a. molly, good to have you with us. you had a front row seat. i was wondering what was the mood throughout this lengthy hearing from the senators? >> it was a very tense hearing, i mean many armed services committee hearings tend to be a little tense with senator john
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mccain holding the gavel. that's sort of his style but particularly heated today. senators both sides of the isle, aisle, train and equip program for syria, the context was very obvious amid reports that some intelligence analysts feel that their own assessments of the i.s.i.s. fight possibly have been cooked, have been doctored by higher up military officials. very much the context that the senators brought. it was a level of skepticism to the claims that the u.s. fight against the islamic state is going well, or at least has made progress. they really started from a position of skepticism and it got pretty heated. >> was there a sense of i told you so coming from senator mccain who has been very outspoken on this issue for years. >> certainly.
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i believe he actually used that phrase. a lot of people suggested that if things had gone differently a few years ago in syria we might not be in the position that we are in. i mean it's important to note that there was a lot of uncertainty about the syria train and equip program when congress was considering whether or not to authorize it last year. there was a suggestion from many that they didn't see how it could be successful, even given the numbers that they initially estimated that was the goal of the program which was the 3,000 by the end of this year. 5400 fighters trained and equipped by may of 2016 to eventually produce a ground are force of 15,000 in three years. already there was a level of skepticism. there was an i told you so going on in the hearing. >> couldn't you see when the general had to say that number, four or five, he was reluctant
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to admit there was only that number. how do they justify that fact that it has been so hard to train and retain these fighters? >> even back in july when defense secretary ash carter told the same committee in a hearing before the armed services committee said that thus far a few months into the train and equip program they were only actually training 60 syrian fighters and he himself said that number was very disappointing, the reason he gave and why others said this was so challenging, there are few factors going into this. one is, u.s. law is very stringent when it comes to who the u.s. can provide training or military equipment to. and while the defense department acknowledged that law is necessary for security concerns they were also having a lot of difficulty getting candidates for this program through the vetting process. that by the time that those laws were applied, there were very
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few fighters that they could actually get into the pipeline to start with. the other challenge is that the u.s. is a policy decision, they have asked for the fighters that are going through this program to commit to only fighting the islamic state and not fight soofd. assad. that has impacted their ability to recruit fighters. it's affected the situation on the ground in syria, an added difficulty with the train and equip program. >> syrian army fighting a battle on two fronts. molly o'toole thank you. a tsunami watch has been issued for hawaii and chile following a major 8.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast. this is a new video we have just gotten in meteorologist kevin corriveau is here with us. kevin. >> i'm going to show you on
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google earth. it upt upstairs automatically. this is an area that's not very populated, north of santiago, here is the 8.3 earthquake. we've also seen other aftershocks in the area over 6 magnitude in that region. we'll probably see quite a few more. but the pacific tsunami warning has definitely issued warnings for chile but also peru as the waves would be going out. i want to give you a few of them. first of all, hawaii, we are watching them very quickly. the wave would not reach them until about 3:00 a.m. in the morning. but french poll nich polynesia,l salvador, perhaps in the risk of this area. and if we go later on in the time frame, we're talking about areas such as australia, papua
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new guinea. whether or not we'll see those warnings at all, up to now it is still inin effect. >> kevin we'll check back if we need to. up next, the muslim student hauled out of class when officials mistook his home made clock for a bomb. who i am, who i'm hoping to become. >> eye opening revelations from david gregory, his spiritual journey. journey.
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>> unbelievable story. a muslim teen in texas found himself in big trouble after bringing a home made digital clock to school.
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mohammed brought his invention to school, trying to impress his teacher but the 14-year-old found himself arrested handcuffed. outrage including from the president. john terret reports. >> it is a look of confusion. ahmed mohammed, appearing to be puzzled over how his home made digital clock landed him in handcuffs. >> it was the first time i brought my invention to school. >> reporter: he said his teacher told him to keep it out of sight. but another teacher alerted the principal and the principal called the police. >> they arrested me and they told me that i committed a crime of a hoax-bomb, a fake bomb. >> the device was apparently a home made experiment and there
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is no evidence he intended to create alarm. no charges will be filed and the case is considered closed. >> reporter: the case may be closed but it's far from over. it sparked a wave of allegation including discrimination by some in the muslim community. >> i think this wouldn't even be a question if his name isn't ahmed mohammed. he is a kid very bright likes to invent things and wants to share it with his teachers. >> but the teachers say they were following guidelines outlined by the state. >> we live in a life where you can't bring things like that to school. >> he was grateful to the outpouring of support. >> thank you all for helping me. i wouldn't have gotten this far if it weren't for you guys, not just you guys, everybody. >> social media has erupted,
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positive messages for mohammed. mark zuckerber zuckerberg postiu would ever want to come by, i'd like to meet you. and president obama tweeting, cool clock ahmed. john terret, al jazeera. >> executive director of the arab american association of new york. linda, thank you for joining us. i imagine this must have hit a nerve. what was your gut reaction when you saw this headline? >> i was outraged. if this would have happened to my child i don't know what i would have done. for a school that is chartered for stem, way to go, irving school. for extinguishing this young
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man's talents. >> a lot of people said was a veiled attempt to try crack down on muslims. do you think there's a culture in certain parts of america that precipitate this? >> absolutely. the fact that the cops were called and the mayor and the leadership of this town this is not the first incident we've seen, in even the whole state of texas. there is a culture of islamophobia. mayor thinks she can get away with it and she has got away with it. >> linda, we have seen over the past few years horrendous acts of violence in schools, numerous bomb threats. don't officials have responsibility if they see something that can be suspicious to take this type of action to make sure it's not a problem? >> somebody remind me the last time a muslim kid shot up a
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school. if we're going to take precaution he, let's look at what these precautions like like and to who. why would you arrest a boy? the kid stayed in the school. i don't understand what the reactions were at the school. it was a case of saturated bigotry. law enforcement questioned this boy without due process. an injustice for muslim children. i'm appalled that they did not follow protocol. i'm sure the school district has been hearing from their lawyer. >> so far, the school district was unapologetic while the student felt less than human throughout this incident. what do we do to stop this from happening again to stop this kind of, i don't know, profiling? what is it here? >> we have government policies across this country that cause mass surveillance of muslim
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communities, surveillance at airports, we watch the spectacle and here we are creating psychological warfare, against muslim children who are going to be the future liters of this country. we can't wait for an ahmed story. we need to stand up once and for all and say bigotry against the muslim faith is not acceptable. >> ahmed said he is going to the white house. at least this opens up the conversation. linda, thank you for being in the studio. up next, death with dignity. california could become the next state to allow medical aid in dying. we're going to look at both sides of this heated debate. also. >> in neighborhoods across tucson, arizona, you see signs like this, we stand with rosa.
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i'm jennifer london.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera
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america. live from new york i'm adam may. john siegenthaler has the night off. mass movement. >> it is a cruel moment. many families are being torn apart. >> undocumented immigrants claiming sanctuary in u.s. churches. how an old tactic is facing new obstacles. death and debate. physician aid in death, with a prescription, one signature away in california. but the governor's position is unknown. and the criticism is fierce. plus david gregory one on one with the former moderator of meet the press on leaving the show behind and finding solace in his faith. well we've heard a lot about undocumented immigrants who get to the u.s. often taking drastic steps trying to stay. but imagine spending more than a year hiding inside a church claiming sanctuary.
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it's nothing new but as jennifer london reports it is no longer a sure fire way to keep from being deported. >> reporter: in a small room no bigger than a closet, rosa robles waits and counts the number of days she's been living here. >> translator: almost 400 day. >> last august with deportation orders in hand, she walked through the door seeking sanctuary. she brought one small suitcase, thinking she would be home with her husband and two boys in a couple of days. two days turned into weeks. >> the sanctuary is our last resort to plead our case. >> if robles loretta leaves, she could be deported.
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she hides inside, missing birthdays and baseball games. >> we used to share everything as a family, close together, they do come here but i'm not here for each of those activities anymore. >> it is a cruel moment. many families are being torn apart. >> rosa's attorney. >> she came in with a visitor's visa, she's always entered lawfully. she overstayed the time she was admitted for. my thinking is through her sweat equity she's learned a place in america. she's very active in community. she's a little league mom. she drives kids to games. she works in the snack bar. she's active in her church. she's active in her kids' schools. >> robles loretta is part of four people who put their faith in a higher order.
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deportation orders will not be carried out at sensitive locations such as schools and churches. rosa has become sorts of a local hero in tucson. in neighborhoods across the city, you'll find signs like these, we stand with rosa. there are 9,000 of them. supporters are sending letters to the white house and trying to use the power of social media with a facebook page and tweeting under the hashtag, "let rosa stay." >> this person spent years in sanctuary. we met him shortly after he moved into this small back room, he has been reunited with his wife and family. >> i feel like a real person you know, like a regular person.
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>> i live to have my partner, we got married because we love each other. and we decide to be partner for life. so when i was by myself, no one was with me. >> reporter: why perez cordova's case was resolved and why rosa's case remains in legal limbo is unclear. president obama's executive action on immigration only goes so far. >> i don't think we'll ever come up with a statutory scheme that makes sense of migration. the idea that we have nation-state borders that we want to enforce with walls and military intervention solutions and that kind of thing is really sort of an archaic idea. there are peel that will hear your story -- there are people that will hear your stor story d say you should be deported back to mexico, you don't belong here and don't have a right to say
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here. what do you say to those people? >> translator: we ask to be given an opportunity to stay in the u.s. we came to the u.s. to work. we have made our life here. we have never committed any crime. >> reporter: how long are you willing to stay here? how long are you willing to hide out in this church? >> i have faith, and i hope it will not be very long. i want to continue this fight for my children. even if it were one more year or two years. i live day by day and that's how i make it easier for myself. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: for now, rosa finds support and solace in nightly prayer vigils at the church and prays for day she can stop counting. jennifer london, al jazeera, tucson, arizona. >> this sunday please join us for a special report, airing at
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9:00 p.m. eastern. comedian and former daily show host jon stewart was on congress today, urging congress to renew an act that provides health benefits to tens of thousands of emergency workers that have 9/11 related illnesses. the bill however will expire in october if it is not extended. stewart is credited with drumming up support to originally get that bill passed. back in 2010. now to california where new legislation has passed to give people with terminal illnesses the option of getting a life-ending prescription from their doctor. this proposed law is currently awaiting the governor's signature and he still hasn't revealed his position on the matter. if he signs it, california will become the fifth state giving
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access to prescription drugs for people to plan their own deaths. >> we not legislate morality. this is a matter of personal choice. >> reporter: california lawmakers debate becoming the next state to legalize medically assisted suicide. one man watching knows the issue as well as anyone. dan diaz was married to brittany menard, the california woman suffering from terminal brain cancer who openly lived out her final days advocating for right to die. >> i still have enough joy and i still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn't seem like the right time. right now. but it will come because i feel myself getting sicker. it's happening each week. >> the custom briefly moved to oregon where doctors can legally
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prescribe lethal medication. >> and my husband is such a lovely man, i want him to, you know, i understand everyone needs to grieve. but i want him to be happy. >> brittany ended her life in november 2014. >> people really need to think through this for themselves. what's worse? a peaceful passing, or being tortured to death? >> what's wrong with the law being proposed here in california? >> this is a band-aid solution that over the long term is going to make matters worse. >> dr. aaron kariati is a medical ethicist. and a taun staunch proponent of suicide. >> we know in oregon less than 6% of patients that died as a result of assisted suicide were ever directed for psychiatric
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consultation before getting the prescription for deadly drug. all the arguments that they bring up oh it's a slippery slope, oh the person's simply depressed, this is an act of desperation, a cry for help, there is going to be coercion, all these issues 20 years later after it being in practice in oregon for 17 years there has not been a single case of any of those concerns. >> reporter: did you wish that she would have given you any more time? >> well, i always wish that she's still here. i mean i look around and every time i see a photo of her i think to myself, that's my baby. i -- man, the deal was we were supposed to be together forever. that was the deal. that's why we got married. so there's all of that, there's frustration, anger, but my wife took control over her dying process. she harmed no one else along the
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way. a peaceful passing surrounded by her loved ones. we should all be so lucky. >> and joining us now is elizabeth wallnre. she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. elisabeth it's good to see you again. first off for our viewers could you explain why you personally support this legislation? >> yeah. so as you said, i was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. it's been a four and a half year battle so far. i've gone through 18 weeks of chemo, multiple surgeries, radiation, radio-ablation, kale, you name it, i've done it. i've fought hard to survive and to beat cancer. but if it comes to the end, and i don't win this battle, i have
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fought hard for a very long time. and my son has been part of that fight. and he's seen far more than he ought to. i've struggled, i've been in pain. i've -- you know i've done everything. i want to be in control of the amount of suffering and agony that i go through at the very end. >> you know when we spoke elizabeth a couple of months ago, i flew out to california and i spent a day with you in your home and thank you very much for really being so open about your situation. at that time, this law was, this bill was still making its way to the state house. and then suddenly it was defeated, it was knocked down. >> it was. >> now in special session it reemerges and it passes and sits on the governor's desk. what do you think the governor will do here? the governor of california once
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considered going into the priest priesthood. >> i know, i know. i think he'll sign it. i think he listens to the people and 76% of californians, in a new poll that just came out, support this legislation, 65% of catholics support this. the vast majority of californians don't want to die in agony and pain and struggling for life. it's not a religious issue -- go ahead. >> you've put a tremendous amount of thought into this and studied this legislation intensely. >> i have. >> what if the governor decides not to sign this, veto it. what do you feel, you don't have confidence in palliative care that you personally suffered with your cancer. what do you do? >> oregon is a five hour drive. that's an option.
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i will not put my family through pain and agony that jennifer glasse who was also part of the end of life options act, suffered in august. she finally died after a five day pal pal y palliative care b. she was literally starved to death. that won't happen. i'm significantly more convinced of that, since going through the process and learning more about the two different sides. you can die the way britain menard did, or the way jennifer did, again with her family with the ones she loves but in pai pn agony and over five days. >> i hope you get your wish to live many more years and enjoy time with your son who is a college age student out there in california.
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elizabeth wallner, from sacramento. thank you so much. you can hear from the opposition there is another near death fighting to live, that's on "america tonight" at 10:00 eastern. we'll be right back. right back.
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>> saints and sinners.
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>> david gregory is a mo former moderator of meet the press. >> nice to be here. >> you write a lot in the book about george w. bush. how did he influence your faith? >> it happened because he heard i was studying, one of those instances where we just had some time together. i write in the book that it's kind of a striking thing to be asking a president of the united states, it was striking thing for me given i was covering him. i was eager to be speaking with
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him. i was interested in his own faith study. >> why him, why were you so interested in his faith? >> one of the things that he had a problem with drinking, you know, and stopped when he was 40. and got himself on a path of faith to deepen his own spirituality. it was something i identify with as i write in my book, my mother is an alcoholic, she has been recovering for 30 years now, she was arrested when i was 15. i identified in that that he had difficulties to overcome how he viewed faith as a journey and a way to achieve self-mastery. >> did you ever have a conflict between your faith and your duties as a journalist? ever feel conflicted? >> no i didn't. as a jew and you're covering israel i could be interviewing the prime minister of israel or talking about israel. my faith generally and even my
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judaism is i don't put faith as the center of it. i love israel and it's an important country to me personally and as an american it's important to me as a democracy and shared values and so forth but it's complicated. its issues are complicated, foreign policies are complicated and issues with palestinians and others are complicated. a matter of faith it's a separate issue. >> i'm curious, of all the news you have covered, all the policy makers you have interviewed over the years you decided to write a book on faith. >> yes. >> why faith? >> it's the biggest journey of my life. it's become a center piece for who i am and who i'm hoping to become. i've never experienced something so impactful on me, as deepening in faith, having a relationship with god and being grounded in
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faith. >> did that change for you once you left meet the press? >> i was already on the path, meet the press, losing my job, i was on television since i was 18, lost my job at nbc. faith helped to ground me to get to oa place of more humility. i am a journalist, i'm a father, i'm a husband and someone created in the image of god who feels god's love and there are expectations that god has of me and i try live my life accordingly. >> there is no question sitting here right now you still love talking about washington, you like talking about the horserace, you are full of faith. what's next for you david? >> i love covering the issues of the world and policies and politics. to me faith is something that is such a deep part of my life now
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and i would love it to be a part of my journalist. i say in the book this is part of my larger journey in life and this is me really turning my journalistic curiosity of what i am and when i am trying to become. i ask that of myself and from very important faith individuals in the world, that is a satisfying thing to do journalistically and a person of faith. >> with a lot of the decisions made around the country. david gregory, the author of how's your faith. thank you for joining us. >> thank you i enjoyed it. >> presidential candidates, among them gop front runner donald trump. michael shure is in simi valley,
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california. what are your thoughts tonight? >> they have finally gotten to that range of issue. they had to get by donald trump to do that. there was back and forth between donald trump and rand paul but then john kasich said let's talk about issues. and they began to talk about issues. the biggest thing about cnn was, there were 11 people on the stage. they didn't get to mike huckabee until 40 minutes in. >> the earlier debate did feature four of the lower polling candidates. did either of them had a break through? >> it's hard to say. the four candidates did have a more substantive effect, bobby jindal the governor of louisiana went after donald trump and a
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lot of the republicans. he was pretty feisty. i had a chance to ask a question of bobby jindal after the debate. >> it is time to fight for our beliefs. that is why the voters are so mad, they say one thing during a campaign they do something completely different during the actual governing. it is time to put an end to that after these barbaric videos. if the republican party cannot win on protecting human life it is time to get rid of the republican party. >> wow, get rid of the republican party! >> an unusual -- yes, an unusual tack at a republican debate at the ronald reagan library. it did elevate him to being one of the feistier heard candidates. they all got ample time, you can't say that for others that
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are standing close to where i am standing. >> michael thanks so much. thanks for watching. the news continues next with antonio mora. >> i kept trying to make him not be a boy... it's not working. >> transgender children. >> i'd sit alone, i'd eat alone, i have no one to talk to. >> some dismiss it as a phase. >> we're trying to pigeon-hole him into "tom boy". >> but is it reallt a crisis? >> when your child wants to die... that's what changes parents. >> meet the families on a life changing journey. >> i finally get to blossom into the beautiful flower i am!
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