tv CNN Newsroom With Fredricka Whitfield CNN January 29, 2017 11:00am-12:01pm PST
thanks to all of you for being part of my program this week. i will see you next week. hello, everyone. thank you so much for joining me this sunday. i'm fredricka whitfield. we begin with this breaking news. two republican leaders coming out staunchly opposing the president's executive order on immigration. just moments ago senators john mccain and lindsey graham releasing this statement saying it is "clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that president trump's executive order was not properly vetted. we are particularly concerned by reports that this order went into effect with little to no consultation with the departments of state, defense, justice and homeland security. ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a
self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism." that confusion is turning into chaotic scenes across the country today. >> they are being detained inside. we came with proper representation documents and we were not allowed in to see them. >> i have another daughter in lebanon stuck in the air with four children. they cannot get here. >> impassioned protests entering their second day in major cities after president trump's travel ban suspends nationals from seven muslim majority countries from entering into the u.s. you're looking at live pictures of a march in new york's battery park. airport officials are still deciding the fate of some american bound passengers. at least 109 people have been detained at u.s. customs this weekend thus far. after federal judges in several cities granted an emergency stay
for citizens subject to the travel ban, some were released. 42 people still await their fate, but the white house and the department of homeland security say the ban will stay in place regardless of those court orders. >> is it a muslim ban? >> it's not a muslim ban but we're prepared to work it out very nicely. >> if there are folks that shouldn't be in this country, they're going to be detained. apologize for nothing here. >> and now we're also learning the ban could go even further. a white house official tells cnn they may enforce cell phone and social media screenings upon entering the u.s. the politicians on both sides of the aisle are calling the executive order unconstitutional. new york senator chuck schumer entering this emotional vow. >> this executive order was mean
spirited and unamerican. it was implemented in a way that created chaos and confusion across the country, and it will only serve to embolden and inspire those around the globe who will do us harm. it must be reversed immediately. senate democrats are going to introduce legislation to overturn this and move it as quickly as we can and i as your senator from new york will claw, scrap and fight with every fiber of my being until these orders are overturned. >> right now we're awaiting a press conference from new york governor andrew cuomo. we'll bring that to you live as it happens. meantime, demonstrators are gathering at battery park in new york to protest president
trump's immigration ban. jessica schneider is there joining us live. >> reporter: we saw these hundreds taking their messages to jfk yesterday. now theyhavemoved their message right here to battery park. take a look at this scene around me. this has just kicked off. they're right here on the banks of new york harbor overlooking the statue of liberty and ellis island. this was the welcoming point for thousands of people when they first came to this people and now people are gathering here to send that message. they say no ban, no wall. one person i spoke with who is out here rallying is here holding her sign. this issue, this ban against seven countries is very personal for you because of your connection to refugees. >> yes. my family came from sri lanka. there was a huge genocide of the people here and my cousins came
on refugee status. this ban is personal on that account but we live in new york city. this is one of the most diverse cities in the world. there's muslims everywhere. i don't want our country to be less diverse because of these ignorant policies. >> do you think these protests will get the message through? will anything change? are you hopeful that things will change? >> it's hard seeing what the administration has done lately. it's hard to have hope. as long as we are challenging the narrative that they're putting out, this is not america, we'll continue to fight back. there was that recent court decision where we can stop this. we'll chip away. we won't stop. >> thank you so much. she did mention, of course, that district court ruling that did put a stay on that executive order as the administration and courts work things out but take one more look at this crowd here. it's continuing to fill up. they expect to hear from the
mayor here, mayor bill de blasio who called this executive action a horrible mistake. we've seen a flurry of statements from politicians here in new york city. the attorney general, eric schneiderman, saying this represent a new low in policy. these people for the second day taking to the streets to sh symbolic spot on new york harbor to get the message across they don't want a ban that they call a muslim ban. fredricka? >> thank you so much. you heard that impassioned pledge coming from senator chuck schumer of new york. he also took the opportunity to highlight the voices personally affected by trump's travel ban. one father whose family was detained and then released spoke out after being reunited with his loved ones. >> i am a good citizen. i have my own business. i have my own house. i don't have my children with me.
it's very hard to see people being killed right and left, and i can't save my own children. so i have another daughter in lebanon stuck in the air with four children. they cannot get here, and i appreciate senator schumer for his efforts, and he's going to fight this nonsense because america is built on refugees and people like us building america, and we're going to build it better than what mr. trump wanted it. i promise you that. the future of america i've been bringing my kids here to be good citizens. i teach my -- my wife is a teacher. we teach them to be good and do good for america, for everybody.
>> six of 14 people detained at new york's jfk airport have been released. travelers from those seven countries named in trump's travel ban were stopped upon landing in the u.s. new york congressman jeffries is hopeful the detained travelers will all be released from jfk soon calling trump's ban a smoke screen. >> we're hopeful that moving forward the department of justice, the trump administration, will abandon this reckless, unconstitutional unsavory, unamerican effort and help us all come together to deal with the challenges that are facing the american people. >> cnn's rachel crane just spoke to some of the travelers who were released and new york's jfk airport so, rachel, what are they talking about in terms of their experiences?
>> reporter: fred, we've seen several tearful reunions here this morning of detainees being reunited with their family. we've seen many tears, deep hugs. we had a chance to speak to some of the people that were detained. we talked to one iranian gentleman who was detained for about 24 hours. he lives in texas. he described how he felt humiliated as he exited the plane and he was pulled aside with four fellow passengers. he described the suspicious stares that he got from the other passengers that were exiting the plane. we also spoke to a gentleman named muhammad who is getting his ph.d. at ohio state university. he is worried about his wife who was coming on an f2 visa. she was detained for about 24 hours. we saw them get reunited today. he was obviously incredibly happy to see his wife but both incredibly tired. now, however, there are still people being detained but
everyone we have spoken to has also taken time to praise the lawyers that have been working around the clock to help these people get released. we did speak to one of the lead volunteer attorneys who is working here today. he said that they are preparing for more people to be detained today as flights continue to come in. fred? >> as far as you know then, rachel, do you have any idea of the process that many of them will likely be enduring as they get to jfk or any of the other nation's airports? >> reporter: well, the gentleman that i spoke to who lives in texas, he described the interrogation process that he underwent. he said that the officers he spoke to seemed confused and didn't know what was going on. they told him he would be released in ten minutes and it was hours later. some of the questions they were asking him were incredibly
silly. they refer to them as silly questions like asking his address but all of the people that have been released here today and are still being detained have certainly undergone thorough interrogation. fred? >> rachel crane, thank you so much at new york's jfk airport. protests taking place in front of the white house. that's why we find athena jones. it is something that likely the white house will take notice of or can at least hear if not see some of those protesters right? >> reporter: we can hear them. several hundred people gathered over there. i saw people streaming onto the protest site carrying signs saying make america kind again. muslims welcome. several quoting the poem on the statue of liberty that says "give us your tired, poor,
huddled masses yearning to breathe free." emotional reaction not just from those deeply affected by this new move but also by people who say they are concerned about a policy that they see as unconstitutional and unamerican and a policy sown in chaos and confusion. white house officials are standing their ground. what chaos? take a listen to what chief of staff reince priebus had to say on "meet the press." >> the fact of the matter is 325,000 people from foreign countries came into the united states yesterday and 109 people were detained for further questioning. most of those people were moved out. we've got a couple dozen more that remain. i would suspect as long as they're not awful people, they will move through before another half a day today. and perhaps some of these people should be detained further and if there are folks that shouldn't be in this country, they're going to be detained. so apologize for nothing here.
>> so he says they're apologizing for nothing. i can't stress enough, fred, that these moves are moves that the president's supporters would applaud. this is something that trump ran on doing. so now he's doing it. that's what the white house -- how the white house views this. it's a promise kept. president trump also tweeting this morning saying our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting now. look what is happening all over europe and indeed the world. a horrible mess. a couple hours later he tweeted christians in the middle east have been executed in large numbers. we cannot allow this horror to continue. so the white house is standing its ground and defiant. they see this as an action they believe needs to be taken. fred? >> in the meantime, trump and his administration wasted no time responding to those who oppose the travel ban. even a statement coming out to say despite some court orders it will still be exercised. >> reporter: that's right. the department of homeland security said they are complying with the court ruling but the
white house is saying the rulings don't impact implementation of the executive order and in a strongly worded statement that my colleague ryan nobles got this morning saying stopped visas will remain stopped and halted admissions will remain halted and restricted travel will remain prohibited. the executive order is a vital action toward strengthening america's borders and they say they'll continue with this policy. the policies stands. the rulings will not affect the overall executive action. >> many of you may have heard earlier this week a muslim worker at jfk airport was abused, mocked, physically and verbally assaulted by a man who was enraged because of a simple fact. that she is muslim. a brief summary of the facts. khan was in her office at an airport lounge when she was
approached by a traveler. the traveler asked ms. khan if she was sleeping and then asked if she was praying. he punched a door. he threatened her. he kicked her in her right leg. he tried to block her from leaving her office and then got on his knees to mock a muslim in prayer. when ms. khan asked what she had done to her attacker, he told her nothing. based on public reports and criminal complaint that's been filed, his only reason for attacking ms. khan was because of her religious beliefs. this recent incident was a despicable act that we all should take very seriously. the queens district attorney's office is actively investigating this matter, and we're offering any and all resources that they might need. in light of this attack, we are proposing new actions to protect airport workers. the governor will be advancing legislation -- >> we're going to return to that. they're talking about a hate
crime and we'll try to get a little more detail on that and how the office is flushing that out. meantime, soon to come, new york governor andrew cuomo who we expect will be addressing the number of protests that have taken place not just in new york but we know now across the country, but particularly he'll be addressing all that's unfolded as it relates to a number of people detained at jfk airport as a result of the executive order that went into place on friday. we'll get back to that. brand new images of president trump on the phone, we understand, with the king of saudi arabia today. trump took the call in the oval office today. this is just his first call with foreign leaders for today that are scheduled. later, we understand, trump will be speaking with the crown prince of the united arab emirates and the acting president of south korea. overlooked in the uproar of president obama's travel ban was
another executive order. let me rephrase that. that copy actually isn't correct. we're talking about the travel ban that has been imposed by our new president, donald trump. so also was another signing of an order that took place yesterday, and with the stroke of the pen, trump has effectively removed the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the director of the national intelligence from the committee saying that they would be invited when issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are discussed. arizona senator john mccain praising the president's national security team but then also expressing that he has some concerns about who would be at that meeting. >> i think the national security team around president trump is very impressive. i couldn't -- i think you couldn't ask for a better one whether it be general kelly, general flynn is great, general
mattis, and the ones they are bringing onboard on their team. i am worried about the national security council who are the members of it and who are permanent members? the appointment of mr. bannon is a radical departure from any national security council in history. remember karl rove when he sat in on one and axelrod when he was supposedly -- look, the role of the the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff has been diminished with this administration. one person that's indispensable is chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. so it's of concern this, quote, reorganization. in addition to john mccain talking to sunday shows this morning on "face the nation" reince priebus was pressed on that issue and reince priebus said trying to make it clear,
the chairman of the joint chiefs and director of national intelligence are invited as attendees at any time. help sort out the confusion as to whether invitation is open and welcome to the meetings is same is expectation is they would always be there. >> there is some concern here in washington by republicans and democrats by this new memo put out by the white house which does reorganize this principles committee of the national security council, which is a pretty important committee. this is usually the committee that only sits in front of the president. so the national security commission will hash out issues but when the president is involved, it's this principles committee that takes part. as you mentioned before, according to this memo, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and director of national k intelligence will only be part of the meetings if the area talked about is pertinent to their expertise.
president obama's ambassador to the united nations susan rice went off on this idea in a series of tweets over the past 24 hours. she laid into the trump administration for this move. she said, "this is stone cold crazy. after a week of crazy, who needs military advice or intel to make policy on isil, syria, afghanistan or dprk which is north korea" she went on to criticize another part of the memo that in the president's absence, mike pence can sit in. pence may chair the meetings and that never happened under obama. the u.n. ambassador sidelined from cabinet and subcabinet level meetings. this is different than what's been done in past administrations. reince priebus believes this will be a more streamlined process when it comes to intelligence gathering and decision making on behalf of the
president. listen to what he said this morning on "meet the press." >> they're included as attendees any time they want to be included if you read the order. >> in the order it said it was sort of as needed. >> if you read the order, they're invited as attendees to the security council at any time. >> reporter: so of course that has them concerned but the big concern from people like john mccain is the fact that steve bannon will be on this committee at all times. the principles committee. he's thought of as more of being a political adviser to the president, not necessarily a military or intelligence strategist. so that's why folks like john mccain are concerned about having someone like that in this role on the principles committee but of course, fredricka, this is under the purview of the
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all right. welcome back. i'm fredricka whitfield in atlanta. live pictures of protests breaking out across the country as confusion takes hold at airports in the fallout from donald trump's executive order barring 134 million people from seven mostly muslim countries from entering the u.s. meantime, as all of this unfolds, donald trump has made another unprecedented decision adding his top adviser steve bannon to the national security council while simultaneously removing the director of national intelligence and chairman of the joint chiefs of
staff from their regular duties at that council meeting. susan rice, president obama's national security adviser was shocked at trump's decision and she tweeted her feelings about all of this. rice saying, "this is stone cold crazy after a week of crazy who needs military advice or intel to make policy on isil, syria, afghanistan, dprk." take a listen to how trump press secretary sean spicer responded to her tweet this morning on abc. >> with all due respect, i think ambassador rice might want to wait and see how we handle this. so far they have an expert team of folks that have come in to understand the intelligence systems and how modernize -- >> streamlined without the chairman and without dni. >> we have an unbelievable group of folks that are part of nsc. the president gets plenty of
information from the joint chiefs of staff. he gets briefed by the secretary of defense. what they have done is modernize the national security council so that it is less bureaucrat and more focused on providing the president with the intelligence he needs -- >> and steve bannon? what does he provide? >> a former naval officer. tremendous understanding of the world and geopolitical landscape that we have now. >> joining me right now, jack kingston, former senior adviser to trump's campaign and former georgia congressman. under the law -- good to see you -- these positions we're talking about are the only two statutory advisers to the council and streamlining them from discussions seems dangerous if you listen to critics, even john mccain, senator of arizona, said he's very concerned about this. what's your reaction to how these decisions are being made in terms of who comes to the table of this national security council? >> well, a couple things, fred.
number one, the president as all presidents, has the right to assemble his team as he sees fit and put them in the right positions but senator mccain has his right to question it and that's the good thing about the division of power that you do have a legislative branch. i know when president obama took office, he appointed a number of czars and we in the legislative branch raised cane about it. susan rice certainly is a private citizen and has her right to criticize. i would point out she's the won that went on national news saying benghazi was caused by a video and had nothing -- benghazi attack on our embassy in which our ambassador was killed, that was her immediate statement to go on five major news networks -- >> that's a side issue. the issue at hand is who is at the table? when you have a number of people from senator mccain to susan rice who talk about just some real trepidation in trusting this decision making instead of
being more inclusive, it's excludeing positions that are customarily part of that process. that's not concerning to you? >> i'm just saying she doesn't have the credibility that a john mccain has and john mccain has questioned this move. i think his criticism will probably be heard by the white house and i think as it goes by, they're talking about including people by invitation but probably a permanent slot. i think the white house could reexamine that. but they have their right to assemble their team as they see fit and ultimate goal here is, of course, to protect the american people and yesterday's executive order about come up with a 90-day plan on fighting terrorism is part of this. this fits into that as well. criticism is valid. it comes with the turf. >> okay. since you do respect thoughts and opinions of senator mccain on this and you do feel like he has a place in which to inject his opinion, he also says he's very concerned that it appears
as though this white house avoided consulting with homeland security or even state department about this executive order before putting into place and that this order was not thoroughly vetted. do you agree or disagree with that? >> well, i think that sometimes a president might not ask everybody's permission because he wants to move along with it. as you know, washington resists change this week and this administration has been about implementing a number of new policies and doing it quickly so that they can get off to the right start fulfilling a number of campaign promises but the other thing is we know donald trump is the kind of guy who doesn't sit around and wait for consensus. so this is part of his leadership style and the american people knew that when they elected him and so he's just following through. >> is it your concern or even worry that this executive order would be used as a propaganda tool for terrorist groups such as an isis? >> no. i know we always hear that.
i think isis is capable of using anything they want at any time. they're masters with social media. often we were politically correct under president obama and it did not stop lone wolf attacks in the united states and it did not stop recruitment. isis, as you know, did not exist when president obama was sworn into office. it came about under his watch and he went out of his way not to offend certain people, certain groups and not send signals and it did not work. so i don't think we can say because you're doing this, isis is going to be recruiting more. >> what is your view when you look at -- these are live pictures out of boston. when you see these protests that erupted across the country and people expressing their concerns and their fears as a result of this executive order and especially after reportedly no terrorists who have carried out any attacks on the u.s. come
from any of those seven nations that are now singled out in this executive order? >> well, first of all, let me say this is a great example of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. it's an example of different branches of government. judges have gotten involved. bipartisan group of legislators have as well. there are veterans and soldiers and business people who will be quickly expedited. their passports and paperwork will get straightened out quickly as reince priebus pointed out. 109 people were detained yesterday. that's going to get faster and faster. remember -- >> you mean faster and faster meaning many people who were detained who were released were detained for upwards of 12 to 17 hours. >> yes. that's disturbing but remember there were 325,000 people who
entered the country without a glitch. the list of seven countries, those are seven countries of concern that were outlined by the obama team, the intelligence team. >> as being places where there were terrorist camps. jack kingston, thank you for your time. we are trying to get a lot in to a little bit of time. coming up, a federal judge blocking part of president trump's executive order on the travel ban. will more lawsuits overturn the controversial ban and is the case headed to the u.s. supreme court? when we come back we'll discuss that scenario and talk about the political implications of trump's executive orders. "how to win at business." step one: point decisively with the arm of your glasses. abracadabra. the stage is yours. step two: choose la quinta. the only hotel where you can redeem loyalty points for a free night-instantly and win at business.
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welcome back. vocal protests outside of the white house there in the nation's capital. people who are protesting the executive order in place now for just two days. mostly nationals of mostly muslim nations. seven nation, yemen, sudan, somalia, iraq, syria, iran barred from entering the u.s. this is playing out across the country. you saw outside the white house and now live pictures of boston as well. let's discuss this travel ban
with our panel. david gergen is a cnn political analyst and paul callan is a cnn legal analyst. good to see both of you, gentlemen. david, let me get your reaction first on this new report that cnn has that the trump administration is discussing the possibility of asking foreign visitors to disclose all websites and social media sites they visit as well as their cell phone contacts and what is your thought to this ban now including those kind of rigors? >> fredricka, as we said yesterday, the president has a right, i think, to defend our borders. he made it clear in his campaign he was going to strengthen the vetting process. that said, you know, it's very, very important from here on out after the chaos and confusion and frankly the damage to america's public face around the world and the harm that came or the pain that these families
felt, i think it's imperative that the dwowhite house do this an orderly fashion bringing in homeland security and others. these things about getting into websites and social media and who your contacts are and so forth, maybe they'll work but there ought to be evidence before we move down that track. we should not do things that invade people's privacy too much. we ought to ask questions that are reasonable. it's worth remembering that we have strengthened enormously our vetting process since 9/11. in the years that followed the -- the 15 years or so that followed, if you come in as a refugee, you've been vetted for two years. people paying close attention to you. i think the administration is really important that they do it carefully. they do it thoughtfully. they do it with empathy for the people involved and to show the world that we're not an ant
anti-muslim nation. the message we sent is muslims are not welcome in america anymore. that's not where we want to be. that's what these demonstrations are about. >> when the administration has been challenged on the selection of the seven countries, reince priebus reiterated there may be an expansion and may consider including other nations and at the same releasing a statement that despite court orders, they will proceed as the executive order spells out. so what in your view, david, is the big consequence or perhaps even the biggest gain from this white house digging in its heels about this executive order? >> well, you know, they are being very defensive. they are new to their jobs and so forth. this controversy has become the biggest single action of his presidency and frankly is damaging him politically. his supporters will rally around but much of the world is very upset. you have demonstrations to prove
that. i think going forward the additional question paul callan can respond to this much more than i can, as lawyers who are involved trying to help the people who are coming in, they have expressed a fear and passed a message to me that their biggest fear is their administration may flout the law and say the -- they'll dismiss the judges and there's already been conflicting reports coming out of the white house itself about whether they will respect what these judges have said. i think if they dismiss it and flout the law, this could move into the area of constitutional crisis. i doubt that will happen but paul will be able to shed light on it. >> paul, do you see this as going to the u.s. supreme court? >> i do see this going to the supreme court and frankly david raises a very legitimate issue here. if the trump administration shows to flout the orders of these federal judges, you would have a severe constitutional
crisis. people should understand when i last checked, i think four federal district courts have ruled against the trump administration. now, those orders tend to be binding only in the districts in which those courts exist. so, for instance, the boston federal court has issued an order which will be enforced by federal marshals in boston. that's the reason why i think ultimately we have to see this go up to the u.s. supreme court so that the same rule exists throughout the united states and hopefully in the districts where federal orders have been issued, the administration will obey those orders as has been the custom and practice throughout the history of the united states or david is right, we would have a real constitutional crisis on our hands. >> paul callan, david gergen, we'll leave it right there. thank you so much, gentlemen. we'll have much more right after this. boost it's about moving forward
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welcome back. a u.s. service member died from wounds suffered in a raid against al qaeda in yemen. president trump authorized this operation and he just released this statement saying "americans are saddened this morning with the news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical islamic terrorism. my deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member. i also pray for a quick and complete recovery for the brave service members who sustained injuries." i want to bring in cnn's pentagon reporter ryan brown. what more do we know about this service member killed? >> reporter: the service member was fatally wounded during a raid on an al qaeda headquarters in yemen. the raid is a site exploitation raid to gather intelligence to facilitate further raids down
the road. 14 al qaeda members were killed. three additional service members were wounded. while they were leaving, an aircraft crashed and u.s. decided to destroy that. it was a hard landing. they destroyed it to prevent it from falling into enemy hands. >> ryan browne, thank you so much in washington. coming up, members of the muslim community rejecting claims that the travel ban is not a muslim ban. one islamic advocacy group is threatening to launch another legal challenge with the white house. the world's most exciting technology... ...doesn't go on your wrist. ♪ the highly advanced audi a4, with class-leading horsepower.
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welcome back. the trump administration insists the travel ban is not a muslim ban but many muslims don't see it that way. cair plans to file a lawsuit tomorrow. i'm joined by the national communications director. what grounds are you making this complaint filing this complaint? >> well, we're making the complaint based on constitutional grounds. we believe it is a violation of the establishment clause of the constitution that says you can't favor one religion over another. you can't discriminate against people based on their religion. it will be based on that because
taken in its entirety, it's clear that this is a muslim ban. more than a year ago then candidate trump said he wanted to ban all muslims from entering the united states and nothing he said since that time would indicate that he's changed his mind. in fact, we believe the author of this latest iteration of the muslim ban is this white supremacist steve bannon who is on the national security council. it is disturbing we would violate the constitution by singling out people based on their faith. the president said it himself within the last couple days. he said syrians and others who are christians will come in. syrians who are muslims will not come in. it's from his own lips that he's pronouncing that this is a religious ban. >> i know your opinion that steve bannon is a white supremacist but we don't have
anything that substantiates that claim. >> all you have to do is read breitbart where he was publisher of breitbart news and you'll see clearly from what is published there and his past statements in support of this suppose alt right movement. >> some religions may be favored over others in this executive order and it also talks about trying to expedite some protections for practicing christians in any number of these seven states. with the removal of some of that language, do you believe that that would weaken your claim? >> i think the courts have traditionally given presidents wide latitude to bar people from
the united states, but you can't bar them. there's a law that says you can't bar them because of national origin, and there's a constitution that says you can't bar them because of faith and this executive order does both. >> all right. thank you for your time. tomorrow your filing will take place, right? >> yes. tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. >> thank you for your time. appreciate it. the next hour of the "newsroom" starts right after this. introducing the new turbocharged volkswagen alltrack with 4motion all-wheel drive. soon to be... everywhere.
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hello again, everyone. thank you for being with me. i'm fredricka whitfield. we have breaking news on the president's executive order on immigration. two key republican leaders voicing staunch opposition. senators john mccain and lindsey graham releasing a statement saying "it is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that trump's executive order was not properly vetted. we are particularly concerned by reports that this order went into effect with little to no consultation with the departments of state, defense, justice and homeland security. ultimately we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism." confusion is turning into chaotic scenes across the country today. >> they're being detained inside. we came with proper documentation papers and we were not allowed to see them.
>> i have a daughter from lebanon stuck in the air with four children and they cannot get here. >> we continue to monitor protests and marches in major cities at this hour across the country. six of 14 people detained at new york's jfk airport have been released. travelers from the seven countries named in trump's travel ban were stopped upon landing in the u.s. new york congressman jeffries is hopeful the detained travelers will be released from jfk soon calling trump's ban a smoke screen. >> we're hopeful that moving forward the department of justice, the trump administration, will abandon this reckless unconstitutional unsavory, unamerican effort. and help us all come together to deal with the challenges that are facing the american people. >> cnn's rachel crane just s