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leyla santiago has been covering this. tell us what's happening there. >> reporter: i want to show you what's happening behind me. you can see on this side there are quite a few people from the caravan that has arrived here to the u.s.-mexico border. they sort of had this rally of sorts in which they were cheering for them. this is a great sense of accomplishment. we did see many of them climb the fence. they did not cross. they simply stood there. and then on the other side, on the san diego side of the border, there were supporters there as well, cheering. we heard many of them chant, we are not criminals. we are migrants wanting to work, wanting a better life. many of them have talked about the violence they are fleeing in central america. now, we have been following the story of one woman in particular. her name is gabriella hernandez, and she is with me right now. i want to just kind of get her perspective as to how they're feeling right now.
this is gabriella, this is jonathan, her two-year-old son. [ speaking spanish ] >> so i asked her how she feels seeing that after more than a month of a journey that has been very tough for her, seeing the u.s. on the other side, she said that she's very happy but also very nervous, even fearful of what could be to come when she turns herself in. i'm going to ask her what now? what is she going to do? >> she says that her plan now is to wait and pray to god that she is not rejected at the u.s.-mexico border. i'm going to ask her a key question so that everyone can sort of understand. why is she fleeing? what is this about? [ speaking spanish ]
>> she's saying the reason she is fleeing, and since we followed her story, i will explain to you, she is fleeing because her children were threatened. gangs in honduras actually threatened to kill her child and that is why she left. that is why she is going to the united states of america. of course, we're continuing to follow her story. [ speaking spanish ] >> i'm asking her what is her hope for the future. >> she said her hope is to be able to cross, to be given permission to cross and get to her aunt that is on the other side. i am going to ask her, what if she's not allowed in?
[ speaking spanish ] >> she said that's her greatest fear, that she won't be able to leave. because she says she can't go back to her country. i want to explain to you what sort of the process is in going to the u.s. what this group will be doing, a group of about 100, 200 migrants with this caravan. they plan to go to the port of entry and turn themselves in to seek asylum. i want to be very clear. that is a legal process. that is the legal way to do it. this group has been criticized by many for illegal actions. this group in particular, they plan to do this the legal way. gabriella has even said that is very important to her, to go to the united states in a legal manner seeking asylum. now, many of the people in this caravan have also opted to stay in mexico.
they are seeking sort of the refugee status here in mexico. but the common line among all of them is whatever happens, they cannot return to their home country, which for many is guatemala, dudas, as well as san salvador. they say if they go back, their lives could be threatened. i should also mention gabriella is pregnant, so for her this has been quite the struggle. i have watched her climb onto trains, more than 50 hours on buses, nights sleeping on the floor of a shelter, nights where she has given her children food as she herself battles hunger. and so one of the things that she often talks about is that people say to her, you know, why are you going to the u.s., and she often says, a lot of people thic think i just woke up and said, this is what i want to do. for her this is a matter of survival. what will happen in a matter of hours when they go to the port
of entry seeking asylum is the big question. what will the united states permit? already we have heard the attorney general, as well as the president and department of homeland security, say that they plan to send a lot more attorneys, have judges on hand to be able to adjudicate these cases, to be able to process them quickly. but that uncertainty is still very much alive and creating the fear for these migrants just like gabriella. >> leyla santiago on the ground there at the border of tijuana, mexico and san diego. we're going to get back to that in a little bit. we're going to discuss this now with a wide range of voices from all different angles. the president of the national border patrol council, brandon judd, joining me, al reyes and
maria car dondona, director for immigration and naturalization services, and she's also a political commentator. maria, i want to start with you, because you were watching leyla's report, and you were honestly starting to tear up a little bit. tell me how this has touched your heart. >> this, as a mother of an 11-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old boy, i can understand what these migrants are going through. i have met them. i know who these people are. luckily i have not been through the hell they have been through, but understanding as a mother, if you are pregnant and you are coming over on a journey where you are battling hunger so that your young children can eat, and you are struggling to leave a country so that your young children don't have to have death threats every single day, that is a matter of life and death, ryan. i don't think people -- starting with donald trump -- understand what these migrants struggle
through. they don't just get up in the morning and say, hey, i think it's a good day to go to the united states. it is hard to leave your home country. it is hard to leave everything you know, your family, your extended family, to a country that you do not know where your next meal is going to come from, if it's going to come. so to me it is heart-wrenching and it's unfewer yinfuriating w donald trump's tweets to talk about this as he does, with these people in danger in their home country, without an ounce of compassion for what these people are going through, but a tremendous and dangerous ignorance of what the immigration system is and what our immigration laws say. >> as we pointed out, as leyla pointed out in her report, these immigrants are seeking asylum. the goal is not to cross over the border illegally. but i do want to bring brandon
into the conversation. brandon obviously works very closely with border patrol. brandon, from your perspective, how do you think the united states should handle this group of people attempting to cross the border? >> well, i think that we have to separate the two issues. if they come to the ports of entry, that is a legal process as long as they're not making a false claim to asylum. but we've already had, in the border patrol yesterday, we've already arrested more than 50 people from this caravan that crossed the border illegally. now, that is, in fact, a criminal act and it is something that we have to take them into custody for, we have to process them for. then you also have to consider that if these people that are coming in and are making an asylum claim, it is expected that they're going to show up to their court date sometime later in the future. but 80% of those people that make an asylum claim, they never show up to their court date which then also criminalizes the act and makes it a very serious problem for law enforcement agents. >> but brandon, from your
perspective, how do you think the president's rhetoric throughout this conversation has impacted this conversation? shouldn't the president just talk about this from a legal perspective? let's bring these folks in, we'll bring additional lawyers to the border to try to adjudicate this process and figure out the people that deserve to be here and those who should go back to their home countries? does it help at all that he's kind of notched the rhetoric up a bit? >> i have to look at the last comment that secretary nielsen made, and she was talking about illegal acts, she wasn't talking about legal acts. they are, in fact, sending more judges to the border, they are in fact sending more attorneys to the border, and again, we're going to handle this in two separate issues. the legal issue and the illegal issue, which is the part that i have to deal with, which is the illeg illegal issue. >> raul, how about from your perspective? is the bigger problem the illegal element of this caravan, or is this more a humanitarian story we're dealing with? >> to be honest, this situation
has elements of both. in my view the trump administration has mishandled this in two ways. first of all, as maria pointed out, by characterizing this entire movement as some sort of attempt to storm the border, associating it with criminality, talking about these alleged rapes which did not happen on the way to the border. that has created a situation in the public's mind that these people are trying to sneak into the country illegally, which they're not. they're here to lawfully claim asylum. under asylum, people may not enter the country without papers or illegally, but they do have the right to ask for asylum. that is the right under immigration law, under international law, even under the rule of refugees. how the administration is handling this now, they're now sending more immigration judges to the border, more border patrol agents. that's not what they need, because to process these people is basically a ftwo-step proces. first they have to face that
they are facing a situation at home. we have those as well as a source of immigration judges. in this country, think about the 11 million undocumented people and how we talk about immigration. our country only has about 353 immigration judges. when the trump administration sends these judges to the border, that just increases the backlogs for legal immigrants and other undocumented people whose cases are making their way through the courts. they have mishandled this, in my view, from start to finish. this is a legal process these people are attempting to do and they have the right under international law. >> so what you're alluding to, which is kind of the elephant in the room no matter what side you happen to be on. the president did kind of talk about that during his rally last night in michigan. listen to what the president had to say about the current immigration system. >> are you watching that mess
that's going on right now with the caravan coming up? are you watching this? and our laws are so weak, they're so pathetic. and let me tell you, we've gotten mexico to work with us on stopping a lot of what's pouring in, but we have the worst laws anywhere in the world. >> so, maria, you can interpret what the president is saying here in many different respects, but it seems to me he's saying that these asylum rules may be a little too loose and that the folks that do end up on this border, he's implying that he would like to see fewer of them come in than more. >> i actually think if he had said that, then that would make more sense than the way that he is putting it. i don't think he's put any thought into this at all, other than to frame this in the terms for his base, which the way that he talks about it in these
rallies and the way he refers to the migrants in the caravan, that's nothing but food for his base. going into the midterms, he's in political trouble. the problem with that is there is no question that our immigration laws are broken, that our immigration system is broken. as you know, we have been trying to deal with this for years and years and years. there was a terrific opportunity in 2013 to pass a comprehensive immigration law that could have fixed a lot of this. it was even passed by the famous gang of 8, including republican senators. it went to the house of representatives, back then set up by john baynor, who reportedly told barack obama he was not going to bring it to a vote in the house of representatives because he could not have a law that would pass with majority democratic support and minority support. this puts it square in the lap of republicans for the reason immigration laws are not fixed today, and donald trump is taking advantage of that in a way that to me is contrary to
every american civic principle and the way that this country was founded. >> if i could jump in, i just want to mention this is very much contrary to our rule of law, because our congress, when they established the rules governing the number of people admitted each year for asylum, unlike virtually every other category under immigration law, there are no limits on the number of people who are admitted for asylum year to year, and that's because the people who apply for asylum are fleeing desperate situations. this is not what trump calls a mess. this is a humanitarian krcrisis and these people, mostly women and children, are coming from the most dangerous parts of the world. >> these are people from desperate situations. unfortunately, we have to take a quick break. we'll obviously keep a very close eye on this story. this is developing on the u.s.-mexico border so we won't stop there. but we have to stop this
conversation for a brief moment, and we'll take a quick break and we'll be back. these are breaking news stories right now. this is live pictures on the border of tijuana, mexico and san diego. plus, the president taking a post-rally victory lap today as he sets his sights on the upcoming sit-down with north korea's leader kim jong-un. we're learning new details about that meeting. we'll check in with our live reporter at the white house when we come back.
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president trump is taking a post-rally victory lap today, touting his michigan reelection speech as a, quote, big success, while bashing the annual white house correspondents dinner as a big, boring bust. as journalists and politicians were gathered in washington for a night of pointed jokes and jabs, the president also taking a few stabs at his favorite targets. >> the only collusion is the democrats colluded with the russians, and the democrats colluded with lots of other people. they are very, very dishonest people. fake news. comey is a liar and a leaker, and if our justice department was doing the right thing, they would be a lot tougher right now on those people. >> but he didn't stop there. the president also taking full credit for the north korea breakthrough, basking in the crowd's praise as they chanted
"nobel." >> nobel nobel nobel nobel. >> that's very nice, thank you. >> the president also giving a timeline for his historic meeting with kim jong-un, saying the meeting could happen in the next three on four weeks. he was in michigan last night. boris, details of this meeting are start to ing to take shape. what more can you tell us? >> we know these men, donald trump and kim jong-un, will have plenty to discuss. as you noticed, president trump was basking in the glow of the reporte reporters' chants last night. not only is denuclearization on the table but north korea's ballistic missile program, their biological and chemical weapons programs, americans that are imprisoned in north korea, as well as a litany of other
regional issues and obviously the sanctions that the trump administration contends have forced kim jong-un to the negotiating table. bolton was cautiously skeptical, especially in light of some recent comments reportedly from kim jong-un that he is not the kind of person that uses nuclear weapons, and his invitation to foreigners to come into his country and watch the decommissioning of this nuclear facility, bolton was sort of hesitant to put too much stock into un's reported comments. he was also very clear about who he thought the credit should be going to. listen to this. >> do you believe that kim jong-un is ready to negotiate away his weapons, or is he just trying to soften his image? >> i don't think we know at this point. i think if he has made a strategic determination that north korea would be better off without nuclear weapons, then i think we've got something to talk about, and i think the president would be eager to capitalize on the opportunity.
i think it's clear we're here where we are today because of the pressure that the trump administration has put on north korea. economic pressure, political pressure. it's up to the north koreans to show us they really do intend to give up nuclear weapons. >> despite the optimistic tone coming from the korean peninsula, ryan, as you know, there is lent t plenty of reaso skeptic skeptical. we've seen deals fall with north korea. you might recall back in 2008, he invited foreign observers to watch the destruction of this water tower that was used to enrich plutonium, and the tone again was optimistic there, but it soon became evident that there were other facilities also being used to enrich plutonium, so it's not really clear exactly how much stake the u.s. is putting into un's comments now, ryan. >> boris sanchez live at the
white house. boris, thank you for that. cnn political analyst and professor at princeton university, julie zelzer and senior analyst savannah dinegrab. things are starting to come together. what's your take now? >> my take is we're definitely better off than we were before. we don't have rockets flying, so that's good. but i think john bolton has placed some cold water on the president's statements that kim is an honorable man and being very open in these negotiations. and we have to be very wary of shiny objects right now. kim is saying, okay, we're going to stop nuclear tests, we're going to close down this facility. we have to ask why he's doing this. it's not an olive branch. he's taking these steps and making these pronouncements because he said we don't need
these anymore. we could have american journalists and experts there and kim could use it as a celebration of the fact that he doesn't need it anymore because he's achieved nuclear capability. that would be very embarrassing. >> the president weighing in on some new reports that a russian lawyer, key in the 2016 trump meeting, is actually an informant. listen to what the president says about this. >> have you heard about the lawyer? for a year, a woman lawyer, she was like, i know nothing. now all of a sudden she supposedly is involved with government. you know why? if she did that, because putin and the group said, you know, this trump is killing us. why don't you say that you're involved with government so that we can go and make their life in the united states even more chaotic. look at what's happened. look how these politicians have fallen for this junk. russian collusion. give me a break. >> well, there's a lot of ways
we can go out of that. i mean, first, i guess basically, the most important question here is, is the president smart to even be talking about this particular topic given the legal implications? >> he's saying things off the cuff, he's talking about vetting his team when they've had exposure and he'll be talking to john bolton's team very soon. putin upping his game, that's how putin works. he's not the best messenger for that because that would be like saying, oh, sure, there might be connections here to throw sand on the fact there seems to be connections developing, which means this lawyer, who met with his top campaign advisers and his relatives during the campaign. his theory would be great if it were a theory, but it's not. people near him are under
investigation and him saying this right now seems like he's potentially admitting to something. maybe, maybe not, but he's not the person that should be spinning this particular line he's spinning. >> julie, we also heard the president saying there's no collusion, it's a witch hunt. he's also bragging on how toughest on russia. this is a line we hear over and over again from the president. is this really about standing up to russia, or is this about firing up his base like he did last night? >> it's about firing up the base, it's about controlling the political narrative. this is what the president does repeatedly. he will take any story, good or bad, and he tries to craft the way in which we should think about it. here you have this meeting. it looks like it was exactly what he said it wasn't, but now he's telling it in a way that explains he's on the right side. and the russians are actually trying to undermine him. just because he says he's tough on russia doesn't mean he is, and i think the facts don't bear
that out. this is really, i think, a political move to try to counteract the critics. >> are there national security implications if he goes out and says he's tough on putin when he actually isn't? >> i actually agree with trump on this one. i think that this decision to let this woman -- whatever she was -- a lawyer, an informant, a russian foot soldier say on u.s. television that she had ties to the kremlin probably was sanction bid puti-- sanctioned puti putin. putin wanted president trump to win, not because there was a bromance, but because trump said he wanted to work with russia. you did steal diplomatic properties. we don't like it so we're going to release this information when it suits us.
>> a narrative by the president, one of his favorite things, he's trying to write a new narrative when it comes to ronny jackson, which was his failed attempt to being va secretary. and he's using it like he did last night. >> and testers started throwing out things that he heard. i know things about tester that i could say, too. and if i said them, he would never be elected again. >> so, kouran, why isn't he saying them? >> i don't know if there's anything necessarily to say. you have to take into account there are republicans that work with tester. tester would have said these things, yes, but jerry moran,
who is critical of the findings, also says tester didn't do anything wrong here. so the president is making this play saying, it's an innuendo, it's bad. he needs the people who are batting him. he's getting credit from the r in c, not other republicans. >> and it's happening in the senate because they're the ones. he got it out to the public which is what he wanted to do. >> thank you, great discussion as always. still ahead, president trump said he could meet with kim jong-un in the next three to four weeks. this as the north korean dictator says he's willing to allow american journalists in to witness the shutdown of his nuclear test facility. why such a dramatic change in thinking now?
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denuke! denuke! but we'll see how it goes. and again, whatever happens, happens. >> and north korea says it is offering to make concessions to achieve a deal with the u.s., including shutting down its nuclear site and allowing inspections by juournalists and experts, and even saying it's willing to disarm if the u.s. promises not to invade. let's bring in will ripley. he's live in seoul, south korea now, and will, are these concessions by north korea as significant as they seem? >> reporter: well, they are the most significant concessions when it comes to the nuclear program since they destroyed the cooling tower at young bjong, the nuclear facility in 2008. however, i will say the north koreans are good at building. they built an entire block of
high-rises within a year. yes, they will destroy the tunnels and allow journalists and experts to observe, just like they did back in 2008. however, that could pretty easily be rebuilt if these meetings fall apart with president trump. we always need to keep in mind that the north koreans always have a backup plan. there are other things they plan to talk about with mr. trump as well, other concessions they want to discuss. they want to talk about formally ending the korean war, replacing the armistice with a peace treaty. they'll be changing their time zone from pyongyang time, which is 30 minutes behind seoul standard time. they're going to change their time zone to align with seoul because they're hoping for more cooperation with south korea. and they say they're going to discuss the release of three americans, three u.s. citizens, who remain imprisoned in north korea. i met one of them a couple of years ago. he's the longest american prisoner in that country, kim
dong troll. hopefully president trump could walk away from the meeting with the release of those three americans as well. it's something we've been saying for several weeks now, that he might be able to walk away with that as a concession to the north koreans. ryan? >> will ripley, we thank you for that update from south korea. i want to bring in abraham denmark. abraham, the president struck a serious note saying, we'll see, we'll see what happens. at the same time he talked about a denuclearized korea peninsula. is it right to go in skeptical of north korea's moeftives? >> it's very right to go in skeptical. we signed an agreement with north korea as part of the six-party attacks in which we discussed a lot of the issues that's being discussed now.
in this document which came out in 2005, the u.s. agreed to give up anything against north korea and north korea agreed to denuclearize. about six months after that, north korea conducted its first nuclear test. so heavy skepticism is appropriate. >> and something kim jong-un is looking for is a promise that the u.s. will never invade north korea. is that a realistic promise the united states can make? >> we can make those promises. we have made those promises in the past. the key here, even after we come to some sort of agreement, is the sequence. what kim jong-un seems to be saying is that the united states needs to do all these things first. we need to sign the peace treaty, we need to forswear any aggression, we need to reduce our military presence on the peninsula, and then maybe after that point, north korea may denuclearize. the trump administration is saying the opposite, north korea needs to denuclearize and then we'll give them potentially what
they need. so really the key here is what is the deal? but the really hard work comes after the deal is signed when we start talking about implementation and verification. >> i want to play something for you that secretary of state mike pompeo said earlier. he's a key player in these negotiations. take a listen. >> we talked about serious matters. he was very well prepared. i hope i matched that. we had an extensive conversation on the hardest issues that face our two countries. i had a clear mission statement from president trump. when i left, kim jong-un understood the mission exactly as i've described it today, and he agreed he was prepared to talk about that and to lay out a map that would help us achieve that objective. only time will tell if we can get that done. >> so from your perspective, do you think that the united states state department and the trump administration in particular is prepared to go into such a high stakes negotiation, particularly when you've got someone like mike pompeo, who even though he's been involved in this, he's
only been secretary of state for about a week. this is a huge undertaking so early, isn't it? >> it's a huge undertaking. if you look at the obama administration, that took years of negotiations with the chinese, the russian officials and the europeans. the trump administration is putting themselves in the beginning of a very long and difficult process. while there is still tremendous expertise in the pentagon skpan even the white house, still, the question is if top aides in the white house are listening, and whether there is capital to keep these negotiations moving forward, especially considering the roadblocks the chinese may throw in, korea may throw in. >> obviously there's powerful leaders in this region, right? you have president xi of china, president abe wants to be involved in this from japan. how important will the roles be
of all these different and powerful countries of this region? >> the president has had fairly good communications with all the key leaders. the chinese have especially signalled by hosting kim jong-un. they're not going to be cut out of this. prime minister abe from japan came and visited president trump. and as we move forward on these decisions and on these issues, what's especially going to be important is coordinating with u.s. allies in korea and japan. it's been suggested that the united states and south korea may look to reduce our military posture in the region, that our posture may be on the table, ensuring that whatever concessions we offer is being coordinated with our allies is especially critical, and any decisions we make will fundamentally change the geopolitics not just on the korean peninsula. >> rabraham denmark, terrific analysis. thank you. >> thank you.
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along the border, protesters have gathered. the host of cnn's united shades of america. kamall, when you see these pictures play out on the southern border, what are your thoughts? >> i think it's important that we put human faces on the problem of border security and the problem of how the united states approaches the u.s.-mexico border. on our show tonight, we went to the border initiative and saw people who just got off the bus who had been deported to the united states of america. it's difficult to see the policies of mexico and border security. >> leyla santiago was our reporter down at the border. she actually had a mother with her who had a baby, she's pregnant right now. do you think not enough americans see that side of this conversation? >> you know, most americans don't live on the u.s.-mexico border, but most americans have an opinion about it. so with united shades tonight
and also with reporting here, you have to actually see what's going on down there and connect with the individuals. the image that president trump creates of the border is of a violent place that's full of criminals trying to cross the border, but a lot of people are just searching for a new life and the united states has marketed itself as the land of opportunity. >> what do you think about the president's rhetoric? he talked about this caravan three different times last night during his speech in michigan. he was not talking about it kindly. do you think his kind of almost rhetoric about this topic is helping the conversation about immigration policy in the united states? >> no, i don't want to say his angry rhetoric is helping, because, you know, you can't fart in the car and then get happy when the windows are rolled down. i think the rhetoric is the rhetoric. the rhetoric is actually hurting people. we have to believe in these migrants and believe the border policies are not good, and we have to push these stories out there. >> let's play a clip from your
program tonight on this particular topic. let's watch. >> what's your name, sir? [ inaudible ] >> tell us about your home. >> it's gone. the crossing was very difficult so businesses started dying and dying. now it's empty. >> you say a lot of businesses are closed. >> oh, yeah. the economy is terrible here. there's not a lot of stuff to do. >> so you think it should be easier to go back and forth. >> yeah, that will help. i live here and i have a restaurant over there. >> you have a restaurant. what kind of food? >> mexican food. >> i thought maybe, but -- >> the tequila is on me. >> what's it called? >> leo's castilla. >> i guess it could have been a
danish pastry. >> i was trying not to assume it's just mexican food in mexico. >> i get it. what did you get out of your visit you profiled in your story? >> we talked about the wall and the idea that there is already a wall down there, but we talked about the idea of a trump wall. we talked about people who live in mexico, we talked to people on the border who were white people. most people feel that the more security put on the border, the more dangerous the border becomes. where i was is more economically depressed and a lot of it is because mexicans can't come across and buy goods and services there. >> you already won an emmy in your work on "the united shades of america" if anybody has seen those promos. you're kicking off your second season tonight -- >> this is the third season, third season. >> oh, i'm sorry.
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hello from washington, d.c. thanks for joining me. i'm ryan nobles in for fredricka whitfield. president trump is taking a post-rally victory lap today touting his michigan reelection speech as, quote, a big success while bashing the national annual correspondents dinner as a big, boring bust. as journalists and politicians were gathered in washington for a night of jokes and jabs, the president taking a few shots at his favorite targets. >> the only collusion is the democrats colluded with the russians, and the democrats colluded with lots of other people. they are very, very dishonest people. fake news. comey's a liar and a leaker, and if our justice department was doing the right thing, they would be a lot tougher right now on those people. >> but he didn't stop there. the p