tv CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor CBS December 25, 2018 5:30pm-5:59pm PST
we will be back in 30 minutes. see you then. captioning sponsored by cbs >> quijano: on the "cbs evening news" this christmas, a second child from guatemala dies in american custody. day four of the government shutdown. the president digs in. furloughed workers wonder when they'll get paid. and secret santa's undercover elf. all that, beginning with the headlines in 60 seconds. >> another child has died in border patrol custody. >> this time an eight-year-old guatemalan boy. >> seven-year-old jakelin caal, also from guatemala, died earlier this month at a hospital in texas. >> i can't tell you when the government is going to be open. >> president trump weighing in from the white house this morning. >> it's a disgrace what's happening in our country. but other than that, i wish everybody a very merry christmas.
>> a frantic scene in indonesia. panic as false alarm went off earlier today. >> friday's earlier tsunami, a death toll continues to rise. >> u.s. immigrations and custom enforcement is facing backlash after dropping off hundreds of migrants at a texas bus station without notice. >> we just need a heads up so that folks aren't dumped at a bus station without money or on the street. >> christmas celebrations around the world today. >> this season is about bringing light to the people around us. >> peace on earth and good will to all is never out of date. >> this christmas, we salute the brave men and women who serve our nation overseas. >> greetings from bagram, afghanistan. >> kosovo. >> kuwait. >> and afghanistan. >> merry christmas, happy holidays and happy new year's. >> happy holidays! >> quijano: good evening, merry christmas. jeff glor is off tonight. i'm elaine quijano. this is our western edition.
for the second time in weeks, a young immigrant child has died while in detention at the u.s. border-- raising new questions about the treatment of those detained while entering this country. anna werner is following late developments. >> reporter: customs and border protection said in a statement the eight-year-old guatemalan boy was already in c.b.p. custody yesterday when he became ill and was taken to a new mexico hospital. he "was initially diagnosed with a common cold," then a fever. he was released an hour and a half later "with prescriptions for amoxicillin and ibuprofen." but later in the evening, "the child exhibited nausea and vomiting" and was transported back to the hospital, where he died shortly after midnight. the boy is the second child to die in c.b.p. custody this month. a seven-year-old guatemalan girl, jakelin caal, whose body was returned to her home village yesterday, died from extreme dehydration after she and her father crossed the border illegally. officials say she didn't receive treatment for 90 minutes after
she showed signs of illness. >> please rise, i'll begin by swearing you in. >> reporter: caal's death has prompted a homeland security investigation and criticism of secretary kirstjen nielsen when she appeared on capitol hill. >> sir, what i can tell you is-- >> i am talking about people who have died in your custody, you don't have the number? >> i will get back to you with the number. >> reporter: the guatemalan foreign ministry says the boy and his father entered the u.s. last week and were taken to a new mexico patrol station on sunday. with congress out of session for the holiday, democratic critics took to twitter. texas representative sheila jackson lee said "this shocks the conscience." texas congresswoman-elect veronica escobar: >> in the last two years, there have been literally hundreds of migrants who have died in u.s. custody. it is especially tragic when children die in our custody. >> quijano: so anna, what are authorities saying about how the boy died? >> reporter: officials have not released a cause of death.
the hospital says it can't comment due to privacy concerns. customs and border patrol is promising to do an independent and thorough review of the case. elaine, we asked ice to respond to our questions today, but the agency said they are unable to respond to media queries during the government shutdown. >> quijano: looking for more answers, certainly. anna, thank you. immigration and border security are at the heart of the partial government shutdown. president trump wants $5 billion for his border wall. democrats in congress say no. chip reid-- on where things stand on day four of the shutdown. >> reporter: president trump today appeared to be in no hurry to get federal employees back to work. >> i can't tell you when the government's going to be open. i can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they'd like to call it. >> reporter: but he did seem to leave some wiggle room when asked if the $5 billion he wants for the wall is a concrete number. >> it's complicated because we're getting $25 billion, it's
already approved, but that's for everything. >> reporter: the president also claimed that many of the 800,000 federal employees affected by the shutdown want it to continue until he wins his battle with congress. >> many of those workers have said to me and communicated, stay out until you get the funding for the wall. these federal workers want the wall. >> reporter: try telling that to erin kidwell. if you had one wish for christmas what would it be? >> not be furloughed. ( laughs ) we're really worried about what this furlough's going to mean for us. >> reporter: kidwell and her husband have both been furloughed by the u.s. forest service in oregon. they have two young children and christmas bills are coming due. what is the hardest part of this for you? >> just the unknown, you know? i don't-- i worry. i'm a worrier. and the longer and longer it is the more bigger the impact it is. >> reporter: the president, who last visited the border in march in california, said he's making great progress on building the wall, claiming that contracts
were completed just yesterday for 115 miles of new wall in texas. >> i'm going there at the end of january for the start of construction. >> reporter: the president said he wants to finish the wall by election time. presumably that means in 2020 when he's up for reelection. the problem with that is the democrats are about to take control of the house, and they've made very clear they have no intention of giving him the money he would need to finish his wall. elaine? >> quijano: chip, thank you. in his oval office remarks, the president repeated his claim that the federal reserve is raising interest rates too quickly-- and causing the stock market slide. he also expressed confidence in treasury secretary steven mnuchin. this follows yesterday's more than 650-point drop in the dow-- the worst christmas eve in history. u.s. markets were closed today, but japan's nikkei index fell by more than 5%. for much of the country, hopes
for a white christmas were dashed. but a post-christmas snowstorm is on its way. meteorologist robb ellis of our chicago station, wbbm joins us. >> well, it's the center of the country that will deal with the bulk of this system as it moves through. some pretty heavy rain and farther to the north some pretty heavy snow that comes down, from a lot of gulf moisture that's been drifting to the north. now, this will get organized over the next 12-24 hours and some time late wednesday night we'll see the gulf moisture finally encounter the colder air that has retreated to north and some banding of snow is expected. so, how much could we see? a bit of good news here. we are expecting the larger metropolitan areas to miss the bulk of the heaviest snow, but there are going to be impressive totals with many locations, a large amount of real estate dealing with 6-12 inches of snow. and there will be a foot or more for many locations. now, in anticipation of that, we already have winter storm warnings and watches in place, those are likely going to be extended farther to the east as
the system gets geared up. otherwise, it's a pretty seasonable temperature forecast, and many of these locations even running a little bit above the average. that system will be heading east by the end of the week and impacting the east coast with mainly rain. elaine? >> quijano: alright, robb, thanks. tonight, people on the indonesian islands of sumatra and java remain on edge, worried about another tsunami. on saturday, a wall of water swept people away. it struck without warning and killed at least 429. more now, from barry petersen. ( sirens ) >> reporter: fear of another tsunami sent searchers fleeing yelling "water is coming." it turned out to be a false alarm. they fear this volcano, still erupting as it has been for months. a landslide may have triggered the wall of water that killed hundreds over the weekend. and when the powerful waters receded, it swept people out to sea. now bodies-- this was a young
boy-- are washing back ashore. searchers using sniffer dogs and drones are finding more devastation. shelters house both the homeless and some from areas not even hit, but still traumatized. like this woman. "i'm just afraid," she said. there are christians in this mostly muslim country. they gathered not to celebrate the joy of christmas day as they usually do, but to pray and sometimes to cry for victims in what has become a land of tears. barry petersen, cbs news, london. >> quijano: new jersey health officials are warning patients have been exposed to dangerous illnesses because of what they're calling "deficiencies in infection control." more than 3,700 patients treated at the health-plus surgery center in saddlebrook between january 1 and september 7 are
being advised to get blood tests for h.i.v., hepatitis b and hepatitis c. no illnesses or infections have been reported. a christmas tradition that stretches back centuries has been updated for modern times. seth doane takes us to naples, italy, the center for making nativity scenes-- known as "creches." ♪ ♪ >> reporter: along this alley in the heart of naples they've been telling-- and re-telling-- that fundamental christmas story set in the manger-- only in miniature. ( speaking italian ) >> reporter: you say iristl oun. hs ) >> reporter: marco ferrigno followed his father and three generations into this work. "neapolitan creche is a theater," he said, "where the scenery is the daily life of naples from 1700 to the present." in the 1700s, the royalty ruling
naples helped popularize these elaborate nativity scenes which have ever-more-modern additions. ( speaking italian ) mister trump is positioned near putin and another top seller: kim jong un. the soccer star ronaldo is a hit this year, as are the newlywed royals. i see hillary clinton. >> hillary. >> reporter: hillary in a blue pant suit. marco ferrigno's father was the first to start introducing political and pop-culture figurines. one of their latest is famed italian conductor riccardo muti... ♪ ♪ ...who, having appeared on stages around the world, earned a place here and stopped by to see: >> as you can see, it's a great sculpture. >> reporter: you look good. >> yeah, i look good. better than the original. ( laughs ) >> reporter: it was st. francis of assisi who is credited with using creche to spread the
biblical story to those who cannot read. whether to include the u.s. president or british royals in that historical scene is a matter of personal preference. but on "san gregorio armeno" alley one constant over the centuries is choice. seth doane, cbs news, naples, italy. >> quijano: a modern twist at an old tradition. well, next on the "cbs evening news," with a nationwide shortage of truck drivers, one group is stepping in to fill the void. later, christmas greetings from the troops. so, i have this recurring dream. i'm 85 years old in a job where i have to wear a giant hot dog suit. what? where's that coming from? i don't know. i started my 401k early, i diversified... i'm not a big spender. sounds like you're doing a lot. but i still feel like i'm not gonna have enough for retirement. like there's something else i should be doing. with the right conversation, you might find you're doing okay.
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stretches of highway, framed by rolling hills. trucker after trucker making their runs, hauling everything from fuel to furniture. billboards advertising where they can gas up. what you might not expect is that the trucker in the next lane is wearing a turban. >> i can't stay in an office to be honest with you now. >> reporter: i know the feeling. even with unemployment at nearly a 49 year low, there is a record shortage of truck drivers. this year the turnover rate for truck drivers is 96%. more than 50,000 drivers are needed to meet the demand and the shortage is forcing companies like amazon, general mills, tyson foods and others to hike up their prices to consumers. but one group of drivers-- indian-americans who practice the sikh faith-- truckers like mintu pander-- may well be a big part of the solution. more than 30,000 sikhs have entered the trucking industry in the last two years.
>> for sikhs they want to keep their articles of faith, turban, hair, beard, mustache. it's a safety hazard for a lot of jobs required. and in trucking, they can keep everything and can still make a decent living. >> reporter: pander bought a used tractor-trailer 13 years ago. today he owns nine rigs-- plus this truck stop in laramie. with so many sikh truck drivers pander even added a sikh temple to his truck stop. how many truck stops come with a sikh temple? >> not too many. >> reporter: and his kitchen offers indian specials which attract new fans as well. but it's more than a friendly truck stop drawing sikhs to a career behind the wheel. ♪ ♪ recruiting videos that look like something straight from bollywood promise a glamorous future: fancy truck, nice car in the driveway, wife making him food for the road.
now is this video based on reality? >> pretty much, yeah. i mean the presentation can be a little eye catchy but you know that's the reality. >> reporter: a prosperous reality for mintu pander. people who say the america dream is dead... >> it's not dead at all. >> reporter: in fact, if you ask him, the american dream is humming along quite nicely on highways across the country. jim axelrod, cbs news, laramie, wyoming. >> quijano: all right. coming up, christmas messages from the pope and the queen. ♪
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weddings, two new babies and another due in 2019. and in germany, 30 people celebrated by dipping into icy waters in berlin-- dressed for the occasion, of course. hundreds of thousands of u.s. military personnel are spending the holiday far from home. some were able to send greetings. >> and we want to wish all of our family and friends-- >> happy holidays! >> merry christmas to my mom and dad. hi, mom and dad! >> from the air base, happy holidays, charleston. >> i would wish my mom and dad, merry christmas. i love you! >> to family and friends back in arizona -- we love you! >> happy holidays and thank you to everyone supporting us back in the states. >> happy holidays and blessings to you all. ( bark ) >> quijano: that dog has great timing. up next, an "undercover elf" shows the true spirit of christmas.
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today? are you ready for christmas? >> reporter: a lot of people ignore the homeless, but folks rushing past moses elder may regret their haste... >> they're blowing it. >> reporter: ...because, this week, all people had to do was pay him some attention and he would pay them back-- in benjamins. >> so there's $100 for you. >> reporter: you can imagine the shock. >> $100 for you. >> thank you. >> oh, that's what christmas is all about. >> reporter: moses' mission was financed by secret santa. >> merry christmas to you, sweetie. >> reporter: the same anonymous, wealthy businessman who, every year, goes around the country handing out $100 bills to random strangers. but this holiday season, in addition to his normal giving, he came here to phoenix. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> reporter: and recruited this most unlikely homeless elf. >> i want to enlist you to help me. can we do that? >> ( laughs ) yes, oh, man! >> so here's what we're going to do. >> reporter: he gave moses about
$3,000 with the instruction to give it away to whoever he saw fit. >> i think this will be a joyful experience for him. you know, it's a myth that the homeless just take. from my experience, the people with the least give the most of what they have. >> reporter: we saw that, too. >> hey, come here for a minute. >> reporter: danny mccoy put change in the cup-- even though he has seven kids-- and until this moment. >> here's $100 for you, sir, for showing your kind heart. >> reporter: ...had no idea how he was going to buy christmas presents. >> i'm eternally grateful for what he did. >> you out looking for a job? >> reporter: and that's the kind of relief moses brought to so many here. >> that's from me. >> reporter: most of those he blessed were strangers who happened just by-- but not all. >> we love you, don't you ever forget that. >> reporter: he gave this guy from church $400. he gave this homeless mother of five, $500. >> and remember, people appreciate you, with your caring, giving heart, that you take care of your kids the way you do.
>> thank you. >> okay. >> reporter: of course, in the end, secret santa also gave moses some money to keep for himself. >> this here is a new beginning for me. >> reporter: but he says that reward pales to the joy he received from helping others. >> today we changed a lot of people's lives. but i believe my life was changed the most. god bless you both. >> reporter: he says even when you're homeless, it feels so much better to give than to receive. >> y'all don't know i'm happier than y'all are. >> you know, kindness is a bridge between all people. and so if you're ever down, and you want to lift yourself up, go do something kind for somebody. >> maybe that will help you >> reporter: it'll make you feel like way more than a hundred bucks. >> there you go. that's okay, that's okay. >> reporter: steve hartman, on the road, in phoenix >> yes, that's okay. >> quijano: and that's the "cbs evening news." for jeff glor, i'm elaine quijano. merry christmas. we leave you with images of members of the military celebrating the season, while serving.
a busy christmas day for several businesses. the wide array of industries seen the uptake. plus, what did you get for christmas? we sent wilson out to find out. pg&e taking extra safety measures to prevent fires. kpix5 news at 6:00 begins right now we jerry browny doling out gifts on christmas eve. he granted 143 pardons and 131 commutations. he also granted a special request to a man on death row. >> reporter: in the last eight years the governor has issued more pardons and commutations than any other governor in california history. he has granted 1332 pardons, and