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>> see you at 6:00. >> thanks, vianey. on this saturday night, immigration crackdown. refugees and other travelers halted, detained, left in limbo. president trump's executive order takes effect causing chaos, confusion and protests, while others applaud the move. taxing question. a tax on imports fm mexico. many americans worried about higher prices on all kinds of products. dog fight. when people get divorced pets feel it, too. one state is considering their well-being in divorce court. for the aging. they are senior citizens of the game. that didn't stop one sister of today from becoming the greatest of all time. and the fishermen. they helped so many refugees make it to safety.
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tonight, their inspiring stories and the obstacles they had to overcome. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news, world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with jose diaz balart. good evening. the immigration crackdown has begun. as we go on the air tonight, president trump's executive action is causing some people entering the u.s. to be detained. others sent back. some stopped before they get on flights. protests have broken out at several airports, they have become a backdrop for politicians and lawyers calling for people to be released. but many of president trump's supporters are applauding him for keeping a key campaign promise. at the white house, in the past few hours, the president said this -- >> it's not a muslim ban, but we are totally prepared. it's working out very nicely. you see it at the airports. you see it all over. >> we have full coverage at the -- as the evening unfolds.
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we begin tonight with anne thompson at jfk airport in new york. [ chanting ] >> reporter: caught in the confusion over president trump's extreme vetting order, the iraqi interpreter for the u.s. military detained for some 18 hours at jfk even though he had a valid visa. released only after he got a waiver from the executive order. >> what do you think of america? >> america is the greatest nation. the greatest people in the world. >> reporter: one of more than a dozen people held at new york's international airport sparking a loud and boisterous protest. >> the executive order is a gross violation of our standards, our norms, i think the spirit of our constitution. >> reporter: the nation's impacted by the order so far, sudan, somalia, libya, iraq, iran, yemen and syria. refugees from syria are indefinitely banned. people from the other six nations, stopped for 90 days. >> it's big stuff. >> reporter: the aclu has already filed a lawsuit challenging the order and more
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are expected. but by signing it, president trump keeps a controversial campaign promise. popular with his supporters. this man's father planned to visit his american son in california today. he was turned around in qatar. >> now he is -- back in baghdad. they put him on an airplane to go back to baghdad. >> reporter: the impact rippling across campuses and corporations. princeton university warning affected students not to leave the country, and google recalling traveling staff. as some targeted nations fight back. >> the iranian government called the ban an insult to the islamic world and a gift to extremists today taking reciprocal measures banning americans from iran. ordinary iranians are extremely anxious with visas and green cards. >> reporter: finally able to rejoin his wife and three children, he had kind words for the country that initially banned his entrance, and president trump who ordered it. >> i like him.
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but i don't know. this is a policy, i don't know. he's the president. and i'm a normal person. [ chanting ] >> reporter: here at jfk, the protest looks to have grown to about 1,000 people, and there are similar protests at airports across the country as dozens of people are detained while officials try to figure out just what the rules are. jose? >> anne thompson in new york. thank you. already there are legal challenges in the works. more from our justice correspondent pete williams. pete? >> reporter: as anne said, one lawsuit has already been filed and civil rights lawyers say that more are coming. they argue both the constitution and existing immigration laws don't allow the president to order this kind of restriction. first they say the executive order violates the constitution's ban on discrimination by treating people differently based on where they're from. their country of origin. second, they say a federal law on the books more than 60 years says no one can be "discriminated against because of the person's race, sex,
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nationality place of birth or place of residence." so the challengers say the president can't do this on his own. that it would take an act of congress which is just what the republicans said about president obama's immigration plan that was blocked by the courts, jose. >> pete williams in washington. >> as this plays out, the trump administration was dealing with the repercussions today's and -- today is much more. kasie hunt is at the white house with that. >> reporter: a busy working saturday at the white house for president donald trump. >> big stuff. >> reporter: behind the scenes, his team scrambling to manage fall-out from his divisive executive order, halting immigration from these seven predominantly muslim countries. reports broke overnight of people detained at the airport, a senior official on the phone today with government agencies to try to clear them on a "case-by-case basis." >> thank you for the -- >> the immigration executive order that you
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received yesterday? >> totally. >> reporter: since friday, an uneasy reaction from republican leaders. house speaker paul ryan praising stronger vetting insists he supports refugees resettling, and republican senator lindsey graham, wary of a religious test. >> i think most americans support a time-out, but a complete ban forever is not in our national security interests. >> reporter: the president today -- >> is it a muslim ban? >> it's not a muslim ban, but it will work out very nicely. you see it at the airports, all over. it's working out very nicely. >> reporter: allies watching closely. canadian prime minister justin trudeau tweeting -- to those fleeing persecution, terror and war, canadians will welcome you regardless of your faith. as the president held a string of calls to other u.s. allies, inviting the japanese prime minister to the white house, and accepting an invitation from the german leader to attend the g-20. but he also spoke by phone with russian president vladimir putin, accused of meddling in the u.s. election. all part of the frenetic new normal at the white house where in just the first week 18
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executive actions, 11 conversations with foreign leaders, and 1 formal visit. with week two just beginning. and tonight some late details about that nearly hour-long apparently congratulatory phone call from president vladimir putin and president trump. they discussed isis and syria. the white house calling the call positive, and saying it represents "a significant start to fixing a relationship that needs repair." jose? >> kasie hunt at the white house. thank you. and chuck todd will have much more on all this tomorrow morning on "meet the press." among his guests, senator tim kaine of virginia. in mexico, there's a growing backlash over another of trump's promises, to build a border wall and finance it with imports from mexico. imports worth hundreds of billions are dollar -- of billions of dollars a year. the tax could mean price hikes for consumers on all kinds
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of products mexico ships here. tom costello has more. >> reporter: a 20% tax on mexican imports could mean americans will pay 20% more for a long list of items. a $17,000 car suddenly $20,400. imported machinery, food and alcohol, all more expensive. >> it's sad. at the beginning. not everybody can afford it. >> reporter: at a grocery store in maryland, concern. >> a lot of people won't be able to afford food, and -- i just don't understand the concept. >> reporter: mexico is america's third biggest trading partner, jobs on both sides of the border depending on the relationship. in florida, a small business that grows produce in mexico during the winter. then imports 20 truckloads a week to u.s. grocery stores. >> if this tax comes to fruition, then tomatoes will be selling for $2.49 a pound instead of $1.99 on your retail shelf. >> reporter: the u.s. also exports $240 -- $230 billion in
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goods to mexico, including food. a lot of u.s. farmers depend on that trade. farm bureau president kevin papp said one out of every three acres of corn and soybeans is exported to mexico, and farmers fear a trade war. >> we need access to those markets. they're growing economy, growing markets, we don't want to do anything to jeopardize any trade. >> reporter: among trump supporters mixed reaction. from pittsburgh -- >> politicians always hit you with taxes. it doesn't matter what they say. >> reporter: to texas -- >> personally if i have to pay a 20% import tax to build this wall that will slow down illegal immigration, then i see it as a win-win. >> reporter: by one estimate, a $15 billion wall could cost each u.s. household $120. tom costello, nbc news, rockville, maryland. there are concerns as well about a trade war with china. this country second largest trading partner after president trump pledged to hit china with high tariffs
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during the campaign. new tensions come as that country marks the start of the lunar new year. out on of the streets of beijing, people there were celebrating the holiday. >> reporter: jose, china shuts down a full week during lunar new year celebrations. to focus on family, food, and the future. this is the year of the fire rooster. a time when courage and ambition are supposed to rule. many are expecting a year of uncertainty with the change in the american administration. president trump has been provocative calling out china over trade and currency issues offending over taiwan in the south china sea. sensitive issues of sovereignty, beijing is pushing back. the chinese believe a trade war is likely, military confrontation not impossible. u.s. allies in the region, japan and south korea, are getting nervous, too with the decline in u.s. influence in asia, all pointing to a new year that could bring tremendous change. >> janice, thank you. in this country a lawsuit filed against baylor university in texas raises new
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questions about its football team, including many more rape allegations than previously reported. we get more on this tonight from nbc's jacob rascon. >> reporter: a new lawsuit against baylor university alleges a culture of sexual violence at the football program far worse than school officials have acknowledged. a baylor graduate identified in the suit by the pseudonym elizabeth doe alleges she was raped by two football players in 2013. the lawsuit claims without names she is aware of at least 52 acts of rape between 2011 and 2014. by not less than 31 different football players. last year baylor fired coach art briles and removed president ken starr after an internal investigation determined football staff mishandled or ignored reports of sexual misconduct. the university issued a statement in response to the new suit, citing unprecedented actions to past and alleged sexual assaults. we've made great progress in implementing 105
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recommendations to strengthen the safety and security of all students and restore faith in the university. baylor, the latest university athletic program, embroiled in controversy. the university of minnesota holding hearings for suspended football players accused of sexual assault. princeton suspended its male swim team, harvard its male soccer team, and columbia, part of its male soccer team, while those universities investigate allegations of offensive and inappropriate communication. >> most universities have taken steps to be -- to re -- prevent cultures of violence, but we still see it happen. and we still see lawsuits surrounding it, and it's a topic that will need to be addressed with much greater scrutiny in the years ahead. >> reporter: some baylor graduates defended it on social media and nbc news has not verified the clapelds made in the lawsuit. the yfrlt still recovering from scandal, now back on the ropes. jacob ravgon, nbc news, tlas.
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still to come tonight, remembering the actor who gave us so many memorable performances over his long and distinguished career. also when a divorce becomes a dog fight. how one state is standing up for the pets that get involved in messy human dramas.
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face it, divorce is difficult for everyone involved, and not just the people going through it. that's why one state, alaska, has been the first to require courts to consider the well-being of family pets as well.
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nbc's steve patterson has more. >> reporter: like any proud parents, anna and her husband nick are crazy about their 5-year-old girl nala. >> she's our fur baby. i call her human because she really is our family member, and we love her so very much. >> reporter: more and more americans feel the same. in fact, more than half of all households have a pet, we cannot live without them. they're just there in the morning. tucked in bed at night. they're a part of us. >> reporter: as americans we love our pets. in some cases consider them part of the family, but we live in an era unfortunately in which some marriages inevitably end in divorce. when that happens, what happens to our furry friends? turns out in the u.s., pets are generally considered property under the law. but that's starting to change. this month alaska became the first state to require divorce courts to consider the well-being of the animal, even allowing for joint custody. animal rights attorneys say it's a groundbreaking step.
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>> we hope that it's part of a growing trend of states recognizing abmalaysia are not like a couch, a car that can be divvied up in a divorce. they are unique and interests should be considered that >> everybody loves their pets. >> reporter: a quick visit to the pet hotel and day spa how much some are willing to splurge on their pets. around $60 billion from pet services to check-ups in 2015. while nick and anna don't like to think about divorce, because of their love for nala, they've actually discussed how they'd take care of her in a split. >> i would like to think that she would just always be with me. >> no. she's part of our family. definitely we'd want joint custody. like having a kid. >> reporter: steve patterson, nbc news, los angeles. and up next, a family affair and the showdown you will not want to miss.
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a sad note tonight. british actor john hurt has died. he was a familiar and distinctive presence on the big screen, playing so many memorable roles for so many years. >> i wondered when i'd be seeing you, mr. potter. >> reporter: for fans of harry potter, he'll be remembered as the wand merchant. making magic on screen. >> apparently not. >> reporter: but the british actor's career spanned six decades. >> that's from the magic express. >> reporter: twice nominated for an oscar
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for his role as a heroin addict heroin addict and also in "the elephant man." in 1979, a creature burst out of his chest in this unforgettable scene from the sci-fi classic "alien." in 2012, hurt was honored by the british academy of film and television arts. >> to all those directors that have given me the opportunity to play some of the most wonderful parts that i would never in a million years have thought of for myself, i thank them all from the bottom of my heart. >> reporter: most recently he played a priest consoling a widowed first lady in the oscar nominated jackie. legendary john hurt, remembered around the world. >> it's been an honor and a privilege. >> just some of his so many memorable scenes. john hurt was 77 years old. in australia today, one for the ages.
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35-year-old serena williams emerged victorious, beating her big sister venus williams. for serena, a record 23rd grand slam title and sealed her place as one of the greatest in tennis history. we have more tonight. >> reporter: the moment serena williams became world number one. [ cheers ] knocking off big sister venus in straight sets -- a tough match full of tension, and passion. serena taking home the sterling trophy and making history. >> winner for 2017. >> reporter: with her 23rd grand slam title surpassing steffi graf's wins, beaming with pride. >> your win has always been my win. i think you know that. >> reporter: setting a record at 36, oldest australian open finalist. the teenage prodigies went head to head on the same court for the first time at the '98 australian open. venus won that match. >> she's my
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inspiration, the only reason i'm standing here today, and the only reason that the williams sisters exist, so thank you, venus for inspiring me. >> reporter: and serena's victory inspiring kids at the prospect tennis park in brooklyn. >> shows if you work at something really hard you can be the best at it. >> reporter: an historic day and match point for the williams' sisters. lucy kafanov, nbc news, london. when we come back, we return to a place where syrian refugees received a life-saving hand.
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finally tonight, a different view of the issue we began with this evening. refugees and immigrants, specifically those from syria. while president trump's executive order bars them from entering the u.s. indefinitely, it's worth remembering how the people of another country, greece, helped hundreds of thousands of them across the sea to safety. kelly cobiella on the fishermen who new need help themselves. >> reporter: when refugees risked it all crossing these dangerous waters between greece and turkey -- the greek fishermen of the island of lesbos came to their rescue. 17 children on this boat. for months gave up work to pull souls from the aegean sea. they would fall overboard, costas tells me, their boats would break apart. they would yell and cry, he says, mothers,
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pregnant women, children. half a million people fleeing war and violence landed on this greek island in 2015 alone. these mountains of orange are life jackets worn by the refugees and migrants this island saved. hundreds, sometimes thousands, in a single day. the islands residents opened their arms and hearts giving clothes, food, a place to sleep and to play. >> we are humans. simple. we are humans. >> reporter: that embrace of refugees, children like mustafa from syria, won praise and a humanitarian prize worth $10,000 to be split among the islanders. until this. a devastating winter storm covered europe, its vulnerable refugees and the fishing boats on lesbos in heavy snow. two boats that saved so many went under. they were under water for three days.
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electronics and engines ruined. the repair, in the thousands. which is why the prize money will now go towards getting these boats back in the water. it won't cover the weeks of lost income, but costas isn't worried. on his boat are prayer beads, gifts from refugees he saved. we helped thousands of >>. >> k
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. 6:00, anger and confusion at airports across the country including huge crowds at sfo. crowds gathering protesting after president trump executive orders banning refugees from entering the united states.
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the news at six starts right now. good evening to you and thank you for joining us on this busy night. >> these protests unfold right now. the crowd so big san francisco police have shut down. >> temporarily banning refugees predominantly muslim countries. today dozens of people are now being detained at several airports. >> we have team coverage for you on this breaking story. the growing demonstration at sfo. christie. >> reporter: the hundreds of demonstrators who gathered outside of the international terminal over by arieflgz. they marched inside about 40 minutes ago and they're standing at an area where they believe a handsful of people are being detained on the other side of the wall. they're chanting things like let the lawyers in because what we're hearing is that fami


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