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>> i'm dan ashley. we appreciate your time and will see you again at 6:00. tonight, the backlash. president trump stands by his executive order. blocking refugees and visitors from seven predominately muslim countries. new protests tonight coast to coast. the president clashing with top republicans. and tonight, in a rare move. former president obama, just ten days after leaving office, breaking his silence. also this evening, the reality check. seven countries on that list, and we ask, where do the terrorists from 9/11 come from? the boston bombers? san bernardino? why aren't those countries on the list? the deadly terror attack. the gunman opening fire inside a mosque in quebec. tonight, the suspect just charged. and now new reporting on a possible motive. airline chaos in this country. computers forcing delta to cancel nearly 300 flights. thousands stranded. and the deadly pileup
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tonight. more than 40 cars involved as the storm system now moves through the northeast. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a monday night, and tonight, the fiery debate across the country, ignited with the stroke of a pin. president trump's sweeping executive order, the ban on refugees and on visitors from seven countries. we have seen the protests erupting coast to coast at airports across this country, and just days after leaving office, something we rarely see. former president obama now weighing in. tonight, major questions about who knew this was coming. president trump's two generals, one running the pentagon, the other homeland security. how much did they know about the controversial plan? abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl leading us off. >> reporter: the white house today is firing back, insisting its new extreme vetting travel ban is working just fine. >> i think this has been blown way out of proportion and exaggerated. >> reporter: this morning, the
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president himself declared the policy, which temporarily bans people from seven majority-muslim countries off to a good start. >> we actually had a very good day yesterday in terms of homeland security. and someday, we had to make the move, and we decided to make the move. >> reporter: the administration is pushing back against stories of chaos and confusion. families detained in airports. customs and border protection officials unclear on how to enforce the new policy. terminals turned into makeshift legal aid clinics, with lawyers offering their services to travelers impacted by the ban. in dallas, the mayor personally apologized to one family that had been detained offering them roses. and sounding off on it all, protestors across the country from new york and boston -- [ chanting ] >> reporter: to portland and seattle. the plan was rushed through so quickly on friday top officials on the president's national security team were left in the dark.
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>> protection of the nation from foreign terrorists' entry into the united states. big stuff. >> reporter: and secretary mattis was there when the president signed it, and even applauded. but he had no input whatsoever, and was surprised by its contents. and homeland security secretary john kelly whose department is charged with implementing the policy was getting his first full briefing on the executive order right as the president was signing it. the order also caught top republicans in congress by surprise. >> it was not properly vetted. so you have an extreme vetting proposal that didn't get the vetting it should have had, and as a result, and implementation, we have seen problems. >> reporter: republican senators, marco rubio and tim scott said the rush to implement the policy created confusion, anxiety and uncertainty. john mccain and lindsey graham
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went further, saying, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism. the white house press secretary downplayed the disruption. >> we made sure that the people coming in weren't coming in to do us harm. the system worked well. that's the takeaway from this. >> reporter: the president brushed off criticism of the surprise announcement tweeting, if the ban were announced with a one-week notice, the bad would rush into our country during that week. a lot of bad dudes out there. >> you heard sean spicer say they believe this is working quite well. jon karl at the white house. and they appeared to move so quickly on this, they had to clarify a key part of this already? >> reporter: the key issue here is permanent legal residents of the united states. those with green cards who are from the countries included in the ban, at first, the officials were saying that they would be included in the ban. now -- later, we had a clarification saying the department of homeland security would grant them waivers. so green card holders from those countries are now granted waivers and are allowed to travel to the united states. >> jon karl leading us off again
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tonight. jon, thank you. a lot of questions this evening about the countries on that list. so we asked our brian ross to go back to 9/11, the boston bombings, and san bernardino. asking, where did those terrorists come from? and if there is going to be a ban in this country, why weren't those countries included? here's our chief investigative correspondent, brian ross. >> reporter: president trump's ban somehow misses the very countries that have produced the terrorists responsible for the deadliest u.s. attacks. none of those killers came from any of the seven countries on his list, libya, sudan, syria, iraq, iran, yemen, and somalia. the 9/11 hijackers came from saudi arabia, egypt, lebanon and the united arab emirates. none of them on the list. the wife in the san bernardino terror couple came from pakistan, not on the list. the husband american born. the boston bombing brothers came from the russian republic of dagestan, also not on the list. david muir asked the president about the missing countries last week. >> reporter: let me ask you about some of the countries that won't be on the list.
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afghanistan, pakistan, saudi arabia. >> you're going to see. you're going to see. we're going to have extreme vetting in all cases and i mean extreme. and we're not letting people in if we think there's even a little chance of some problem. >> reporter: the white house today said other countries could be added if necessary. >> it's a 90-day review period, and if you have other countries, please let us know. >> reporter: refugees from somalia, which is on the list, were involved in two terror attacks last year at a minnesota mall, and at the ohio state university, but in each case, only the attacker died. the president's supporters also point to how the obama administration drastically curtailed the flow of refugees from iraq for six months in 2011. that came after the fbi discovered two iraqi refugees connected to al qaeda had made it into the u.s. and were plotting attacks from their new home in kentucky. >> and brian ross is right here with us tonight. back to that question we asked the president just last week. why were countries like saudi arabia, afghanistan and pakistan
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not on this list? >> there has been no answer from the white house, but the military believes the countries on the list are among the places isis fighters fleeing the battlefield may try to hide, and as the secretary said, if you know more, let us know. >> brian, thank you. in a very rare move tonight, just ten days after leaving office, escorting then president-elect donald trump, former president obama weighing in. so was the key ally standing beside president trump. british prime minister, theresa may, saying, about this ban, we do not agree. here's abc's senior white house correspondent, cecilia vega tonight. >> reporter: just ten days after president obama left that letter in the oval office for his successor. tonight, he is offering a different message, saying through a spokesman, "citizens exercising their constitutional right to assemble is exactly what we expect to see when american values are at stake."
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and he is also going where few past presidents go. delivering a not so subtle jab at the new president and his immigration crackdown. president obama saying he fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion. those protests spreading from canada to the uk. signs saying, welcome muslims, ban trump. and now some of america's closest allies not holding back. just home from that white house visit when just 72 hours ago, britain prime minister theresa may reaffirmed the uk's special relationship with the u.s., she is now mincing no words. "we do not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking." in iraq, the parliament approve ing a "reciprocity measure" that recommends banning americans from entering the country. canada's justin trudeau, taking to twitter saying, "to those fleeing persecution, terror and war, canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith.
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diversity is our strength welcome to canada." but it was a big problem for this man and his family. he received immigrant visas after risking his life in iraq working as a translator with the u.s. government. but they were pulled off their flight in cairo. tonight, they are back in iraq staying with family members. and saying they fear for their lives. >> each and everyone who has worked with american government or american troops is life in danger. >> cecilia vega with us live from the white house. our senior white house correspondent. congrats on the new official role now, cecilia, and back to the story. there is a growing petition in the uk to stop a visit from president trump? >> reporter: it's at more than 1.5 million signatures and growing. that means parliament will now debate this push to stop president trump from a state visit to the uk. >> cecilia vega thank you. we are also learning more tonight about the terror north of the border. the attack targeting muslims inside a mosque.
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killing six worshippers, injuring eight others. tonight, a suspect just charged as we learn more about the motive. abc's gio benitez in quebec city tonight. >> reporter: the shots rang out during the sacred evening prayers at the quebec islamic worship site with 50 worshippers inside. one man telling abc news he heard shouting. >> then he opened shots. two people standing next to me praying were killed. >> reporter: six were killed. more than a dozen injured, five critically. police arresting this man, 27-year-old alexandre bisonnette. a student at a nearby university. another man detained near the scene later determined to be a witness, and not a suspect. the timing hard to ignore. the attacks after president trump's immigration crackdown. the attack sending shock waves through the community. the mosque's vice president breaking down in tears during a press conference with officials. >> this was a group of innocents
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targeted for practicing their faith. make no mistake. this was a terrorist attack. >> reporter: the mosque in quebec has been targeted before. just this past summer, a pig's head was left on its doorstep during the holy month of ramadan. president donald trump offering condolences to justin trudeau who had this message for the attacker. >> the people who commit these acts mean to test our resolve and weaken our values. we will not close our minds. we will open our hearts. >> reporter: and david tonight here, in quebec, we're learning more about that alleged shooter. a former classmate describes him as anti-immigrant. bisonnette now faces six counts of first degree murder, five counts of attempted murder, and police believe he was a lone wolf, david. >> gio benitez with us tonight. gio, thank you. the attack coming amid the headlines here and around the globe. after president trump's ban, and
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tonight, word of growing decent inside the state department. and word of a growing number of veterans outraged too because some of those immigrants put their lives on the line to help our troops. here's abc's chief global affairs correspondent, martha raddatz. >> reporter: tonight, dozens of career diplomats worldwide have drafted a rare formal letter of decent. saying president trump's restriction on refugees and immigrants will not mean "a drop in terror attacks in the united states, rather, it will be a drop in international good will towards americans." sean spicer reacting today to the news of that letter first reported on abc. >> i think that they should either get with the program or they can go. >> reporter: veterans groups are speaking out strongly against the ban as well. the head of the iraq and afghanistan veterans saying in a tweet, this is flatout un-american, ignorant and shameful. bad for our economy, international standing and soul as a nation. defense secretary jim mattis today did ask the pentagon to
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compile a list of names of iraqi translators and support staff who have worked with americans over the years. the list to be passed on to those vetting immigrants and refugees. the white house today also defended the president's executive order, giving trump's controversial chief strategist, steve bannon, a seat at the principle committee meetings of the national security council, side by side with the secretaries of state and defense. >> what this shows is that this administration is being rather transparent. that it's putting on the -- on the -- out in the public, who's going to be going in and out of those meetings. >> and martha raddatz with us live tonight from washington, and martha, we're learning the chairman of the joint chiefs and director of national intelligence will not be at all of those meetings? >> reporter: the language in the order says the chairman and dni will attend meetings that directly affect their areas of responsibility, but sean spicer says they are welcome at any meeting, and
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steve bannon of course, now can attend all meetings. no matter what the topic, david. >> martha raddatz in washington. thank you as always. in the meantime, democrats in congress leading a protest against the ban at the supreme court at this hour. it comes on the eve of one of president trump's most high stakes appointment, the supreme court judge. abc's terry moran covers the court. he is back tonight. back to the ban. several challenges. where does this stand? is the president's immigration and travel ban legal? >> reporter: well, david, that question would well end up here at the supreme court where these protests took place, and an amazing development just a few minutes ago. the acting attorney general of the united states, sally yates, she is an obama appointee said she won't defend this executive order in court. she says it's not lawful. that said, what president trump wants to do here is much of it within his powers as president. the president has sweeping powers over who does and doesn't get into the country. president obama suspended admissions from iraq. and jimmy carter banned iranians in 1980.
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this was developed so hastily and so sloppily that it is possible that -- that the question of whether or not this favors christians would violate the establishment clause, but presidents have huge power over the borders. david. >> terry moran who covers the supreme court, and we know you will be there tomorrow for the announcement of the choice of the court. thank you. while that chaos over the immigration ban played out, another source of trouble for air travelers. delta airlines suffering a six-hour system-wide computer shutdown. stranded some passengers for hours. 280 flights canceled yesterday and today. it is the second significant i.t. shutdown for delta in just six months. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the winter storm. the pileup on the highway. more than 40 cars and trucks involved in chain reaction crashes. the passenger bus catching fire in the snow. that storm moving east tonight. the cold case solved. the ex-wife of the righteous brothers singer,
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bill medley, killed more than 40 years ago. police revealing they finally know who did it up. new information on george h.w. bush, and his condition as well. stay with us.
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and he said, if i were going to die, would i be able to swim a million yards? >> reporter: last january, she pledged to swim 1 million yards. 568 miles by the end of the year. last month, with the community tracking her every lap, the williamsburg, virginia mother of three reached her goal. >> i didn't realize how important it was to me. both the goal and the team. until i completed it. >> reporter: her goal for this year is 1.1 million. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> way to go, betsy. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night.
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live where you live, this is abc 7 news. we have friends. we don't know the details of the order. >> widespread fear and raw emotion days after president trump takes executive action on immigration. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> and tonight we're focussed on the local impact of the president's executive order. we're hearing from people on both sides of the issue. >> we have team coverage tonight to ensure that we hear from a broad range of perspectives. let's begin with abc 7 news reporter sergio contano live
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where demonstrations have been replaced with some emotional reunions too. >> reporter: yeah, much smaller groups out here today at sfo, which includes plenty of family members who have patiently been waiting for their loved ones to arrive from points abroad since this executive order. these hugs and smiles for the family end a weekend of worry and dismay, finally made it back from iraq. >> very happy. i see my family. >> reporter: the most nerve racking part of this trip was likely the three hour screening process by customs and border protection agents. she's iraqi and was visiting her dying father there when president donald trump issued his executive order. she immediately bought a ticket to come back home. >> we were afraid. we don't know the details of the

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