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tonight, breaking news. president trump's extreme vetting causes panic and chaos. that sweeping executive order slamming u.s. borders shut. temporarily barring refugees. families stranded. >> i don't know what to do. tomorrow i'm going back to iraq. >> at airports here at home and around the world, mass confusion. tonight, the growing protests. >> no hate, no fear. refugees are welcome here! >> and the question -- why some countries and not others? inside the oval office. the president on the phone with the kremlin. what he said to russia's vladimir putin. on the streets of chicago, a deadly shootout. the police bodycam footage just released. >> watch the cross fire, everybody. watch the crossfire. a new warning tonight about the cdc about a fast-spreading
flu epidemic. is your state at risk? and serena makes history. so, what comes after 23 grand slams? the score still 0-0 between these hard-playing sisters. >> thank you, venus, for inspiring me. good evening. and thank you for joining us on this saturday, i'm cecilia vega. we begin tonight with breaking news. that sweeping fallout from president trump's executive order on refugees and immigration. tonight, there is chaos, confusion and fear. in the oval office today, the president saying this is not a muslim ban, so, what does this order do? it temporarily bars all refugees from entering into the u.s. it suspends u.s. visas all centered around predominantly seven muslim countries. the impact, immediate. hundreds of people at airports overseas and in at u.s. borders denied entry. some passengers on the way to
new lives here when that order took effect. the protests swift. this is the scene right now at new york's jfk airport, where nearly a dozen stranded travelers are being detained tonight. abc's eva pilgrim is right there, and she starts us off. >> reporter: tonight, growing anger at the airport known as the gateway to america. >> no hate. no fear. refugees are welcome here. >> reporter: lawmakers racing to jfk in new york this morning as word emerges multiple passengers flying in from overseas were detained after the new executive order. >> they both had valid visas. they got onboard a plane before the executive order was issued. and when they got off the plane here, they were detained. >> reporter: the number of detained growing to at least a dozen, including haider alshawi, an iraqi national on his way to join his wife and son already living in texas. the family granted refugee status because of its association with the u.s. military, according to court filings. tonight, his attorney tells us
his wife is in shock. >> it's obviously devastating to have your father, your husband en route and to think that he is on his way to a safe place, to rejoin you in the united states. >> reporter: others detained at airports throughout the u.s. at least nine in dallas, at least one person in chicago, and in philadelphia, the mayor tells abc news two families with visas and green cards arrived and were turned away. the ripple effect felt around the world. after two years of waiting, fuad sharif and his family, from iraq, planned to make their move to the u.s. today. but were pulled off their flight. tonight, they are stuck in cairo. >> and i'm ruined now. i don't know what to do. because i sold my house. i quit my job. my wife quit her job. and kids left school. all these -- and i paid $5,000 for the tickets. >> reporter: his family given the visa because he risked his life working with the u.s.
government, given no warning they couldn't go. >> i don't know what to do. and tomorrow i am going back to iraq. really, really, really i am in terrible situation. >> reporter: stanford and other universities recommending students from some students not travel. google saying in a statement, "we're concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on googlers and their families." >> what do we want. >> justice! >> when do we want it? >> now! >> reporter: this afternoon, at jfk, a glimmer of hope. >> this is humanity. this is the soul of america. this is what pushed me to move, leave my country and come here. >> reporter: hameed darweesh, an iraqi national, detained at jfk, released after 19 hours. thankful, the husband and father of three was awarded a special immigrant visa because of his work with the u.s. military. >> america is the greatest nation, the greatest people in the world. >> and eva pilgrim joins us now from jfk tonight, where there is still so much confusion and, of course, those protests there
behind you. eva, how are the airlines dealing with this tonight? >> reporter: cecilia, each of the airlines has their own policy for how they are handling this. some aren't allowing anyone from the banned country list to make the trip to the u.s. others are allowing some passengers with specific visas and green cards to fly. most are offering refunds to those passengers who are unable to travel. cecilia? >> and you'll be staying on this story through the night for us. eva, thank you. at the white house tonight, a flurry of activity. president trump on the phone with world leaders including russia's vladimir putin. but it is that fallout from the controversial ban on immigrants and refugees, and all the questions that come with it that is taking center stage. abc's david wright has more on this part of the story. >> reporter: tonight, president trump insisted his new executive order is working out exactly the way he wanted it to. >> not a muslim ban, but we were totally prepared. it's working out very nicely. you see it at the airports, you see it all over.
it's working out very nicely. >> reporter: trump brushing off the shock waves that he set in motion just yesterday at the pentagon. >> this is the protection of the nation from foreign terrorists entry into the united states. we all know what that means. >> reporter: the new order follows through on the controversial campaign pledge. >> donald j. trump is calling for a complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. >> reporter: citing the need to protect against threats like 9/11, the new order suspends u.s. visas for citizens of seven predominantly muslim countries, effective immediately. green card holders currently in the u.s. will have to check with officers before leaving the country. otherwise, they may not be able to return. saudi arabia, where 15 of the 9/11 hijackers were from, is not on the list. neither is egypt or turkey.
the new order also suspends the admission of almost all refugees for four months, blocking most syrian refugees indefinitely. although trump told cbn news he'd make an exception for christians fleeing pur ining pe. >> if you were a christian in syria, it was very, very tough to get into the united states. we're going to help them. >> reporter: during the campaign, many republicans were quick to reject the idea of a religious test on immigration. but today, ryan applauded the president, say, "it's time to re-evaluate and strengthen the visa vetting process." democrats see it differently. senate minority leader chuck schumer tweeted, "there are tears running down the cheeks of the statue of liberty." today, we sought
tonight, he accused trump of appeaing the bigots. >> he's appeasing them, not realizing that he's writing a dark chapter in the history of the united states. >> and david wright joins us now from the white house. that much anticipated call between vladimir putin and the president took place today. what do you know about what was and what was not said? >> reporter: well, it was an hour-long call. the white house called it positive and congratulatory. not many details. the lurussians said that the toc of restoring economic and trade ties did come up. in other words, lifting the sanctions. cecilia? >> okay, david, thank you. and there will be much more on all of this tomorrow on "this week." our martha raddatz goes one-on-one with white house press secretary sean spicer. we want to now turn to the police chase and shootout unfolding on the streets of chicago. a city struggling with high crime. this just released body cam police video shows the confrontation. so, what sparked this round of
violence? abc's marci gonzalez has the details. >> reporter: tonight, new body cam video showing an intense gun battle. >> multiple shots fired, multiple. >> reporter: chicago police officers -- >> shots fired, use caution. >> reporter: -- rushing towards a building. scaling fences, some taking cover. the suspect shooting at police officers returning fire. more than two dozen shots exchanged. >> he went to the front of the building, bro. >> reporter: investigators say the suspect shot his pregnant girlfriend in the abdomen, killing their unborn baby. >> he's down. he's down. he's down. >> watch the cross fire, everybody. watch the cross fire. >> reporter: grimes killed in the november shootout. at least two officers injured. the video of the massive response, part of the chicago police department's new commitment to transparency, after a justice department investigation found a pattern of excessive force. following the city's most violent year in two decades.
already this year, nearly 270 people have been shot, 42 victims killed. president trump this week tweeting, "if chicago doesn't fix the horrible carnage going on, i will send in the feds." and the city is working to curb crime, in part by adding cameras in some neighborhoods. as for that november shootout, tonight, it is still under review. cecilia? >> okay, marci, thank you. and in texas tonight, investigators are looking into an intense fire that destroyed a mosque overnight. firefighters report no one was hurt in that blaze, but there is no word yet on the cause. next, to the medical headline causing concern. the cdc declaring there is a growing flu epidemic, and we are not even in peak season yet. here's abc's jim avila. >> reporter: americans are suffering from the flu tonight in epidemic numbers across 37 states. mid-january saw three children die from influenza. ten states from alabama to new
jersey and new york city in the east, reporting high level flu activity. doctors advising a flu shot as soon as possible and before illness hits your family. the vaccine takes up two weeks to become fully effective. it protects against 95% of flu strains this season. and this year, a shot is recommended, not the nasal spray mist. hospitals in washington state report they're running short of beds, as the flu rapidly spreads during the height of influenza season. now, through march. making this advice important. once the flu takes hold, bedrest and home confinement are advised. >> if you're sick, stay home. don't go out and infect other people. >> reporter: so far this season, 19 deaths have been attributed to the flu nationwide. it is most dangerous to the very young and the very old. cecilia? >> okay, jim, thank you. and there is another health warning tonight. this one, over an expanding mumps outbreak. colorado, the latest state to
report widespread cases of mumps. 14 cases this month alone, compared to 17 all of last year. there were more than 5,000 cases of mumps in the u.s. in 2016, just 1,000 the year before that. the cdc is looking into the cause of the spike. and moving on now to an abduction, sending shockwaves through a popular college campus. police say a georgetown university student was abducted at gunpoint by this man in a suit. surveillance video allegedly showing him trying to cash in on the student's credit cards. tonight, the urgent hunt for that suspect. here's abc's gloria riviera with the latest. >> reporter: tonight, authorities in washington, d.c. are searching for this man, accused of kidnapping a college student. police say that surveillance video shows the suspect in a black suit attempting to use the victim's credit cards at a store. >> it makes you think a little bit about your safety on campus. or near campus, for that matter. >> reporter: it happened in broad daylight thursday, near steps from the georgetown university campus, an upscale
neighborhood. police report claims the suspect asked the student for money, and then, he grabbed them by the arm and pulled him into the car. police say he tried to force the student to take out money from several atms before entering those stores. the suspect, seen being helped, fidgeting, then leaving after his transactions are denied. when you hear that someone was kidnapped, as the police say, right here in the very same neighborhood, how does that make you feel? >> it's kind of unnerve, because i live here and walk by myself all the time. >> reporter: police say the victim was released after two hours. georgetown university students and residents here are being cautioned to stay alert and to call in with any information they might have. cecilia? >> gloria, thank you. we want to turn now to the sister act playing out down under. serena williams dominating that family court rivalry. now that she has a historic 23 grand slams under her belt, what's next? abc's paula faris tells us. >> reporter: tonight, serena
cementing her place in history. after dominating her big sister venus in the australian open finals, falling to the ground, overcome with emotion. the two embracing at center court. the win giving serena the most grand slams in the modern open era. >> 23-time grand slam champion, serena williams. >> reporter: the williams sisters considered tennis royalty, having both battled and supported each other since they were teenagers, facing off 28 times. >> the highlight of all of this is to be in that moment. >> i really enjoy seeing the name williams on the trophy, so, this is a beautiful thing. >> reporter: venus carving out her own piece of history today, at age 36, becoming the oldest finalist ever at the australian open. >> i just felt like, it didn't matter who won or who lost. i felt like we both were able to win today, by just making it this far. >> reporter: and tonight, serena regaining her number one
ranking, and while many now consider her to be the greatest tennis player ever, she says she's looking forward to a little time off to begin planning for a different kind of match. her wedding with reddit co-founder, alexis ohanian, her biggest fan an fd fiance. paula faris, abc news. >> well deserb served congratulations all around. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday. a truck bursts into flames. the driver stuck inside. what happens next is caught on camera. and a woman's home taken over and trashed. what she had to do to get it back. and is this the cutest baby in america? at least one iconic brand certainly thinks so. why you might see a lot of this cute little guy, coming up.
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that's my heart -- >> on abc 7 news, a father shares his heart break as crewed search for his hissing daughter at an east bay creek. and customers in a south bay restaurant fight back against an armed robber and it is all caught on camera. and we're live with the warriors as they prepare to take on the clippers, team announced steph curry's at the us mome-- status moments ago. hundreds of people are rallying at airports today including sfo to protest the president's refugee ban. with reports coming of in refugees being detained at airports nationwide. i'm matt keller in for eric thomas with this early edition of abc news due to the warriors game. let's get right to protests happening now against president