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>> this is "bbc world news america." funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation. newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good. kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and aruba tourism authority. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here in aruba. families, couples, and friends can all find their escape on the island with warm, sunny days, cooling trade winds, and the crystal blue caribbean sea.
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nonstop flights are available from most major airports. more information for your vacation planning is available at aruba.com. >> and now, "bbc world news america." laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. first came the ban and then the backlash. president trump defends his immigration measures. while many are left trying to navigate them. canada's prime minister calls a shooting at a québec city mosque a terrorist attack as authorities continue their investigation. and cracking down on cash for chimps. we have a special investigation into the illegal selling of these creatures.
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viewers onome to our public television in america and also around the globe. donald trump's second week in office is proving just as eventful as his first. the american president has defended his immigration ban as protests take place around the world. voices from corporate america have lashed out at the measures and current diplomats around the world are set to join the chorus. even former president barack obama has weighed in. our north america editor jon sopel has the latest. jon: in 21st century america, it is airports that are the gateway to this nation of immigrants. that changed this weekend amidst scenes of chaos, anger, and anxiety. people who thought they had a right to come suddenly not welcome. families separated. it was emotionally exhausting, and not just for those directly affected. this is chuck schumer, the leader of the democrats in the senate. senator schumer: this executive
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order was mean-spirited and un-american. jon: but was president trump moved by this? no, he mocked. president trump: i noticed chuck schumer yesterday with fake tears. i'm going to ask him who was his acting coach, because i know him very well. i don't see him as a crier. jon: he defended his policy on social media, tweeting jon: and he went on jon: and a lot of americans are standing by him. >> whatever needs to be done has to be done, and this is for the safety of everybody. >> we are living in a dangerous world and donald trump's number one job is to protect the
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american people. >> we live in a country of democracy and if a majority of the people feel they are threatened and want things in place, then we should be able to have things in place. jon: but across the country there have been spontaneous protests bringing thousands out onto the streets not just to disagree with the policy and the way it was being implemented but to argue that the values in the travel ban were profoundly un-american. and highly unusually, president trump's predecessor has made his feelings known. barack obama's spokesman saying the former president was heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. jon: opposition to the travel ban will switch this evening to the capitol, where democrats want to introduce legislation that would make it illegal. they are united. the republicans as well are deeply uneasy.
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last week, donald trump's first visitor to the white house was this man, the boss of forward. -- ford. today he spoke out against the ban. not just ford -- goldman sachs, nike, starbucks, and amazon, the biggest names in corporate america condemning the action. even the administration's own diplomats in the state government are signing a cable of dissent. for their efforts, they have been given a ripe old kicking by the president's spokesman. >> these career bureaucrats have a problem with it? they should get with the program or they can go. jon: the protests have been intense, but the president is not backing down. he says this is about making america safer and that the measures are temporary. but that is little solace to the demonstrators who fear that a piece of their america is going, perhaps no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave. jon sopel, bbc news, washington.
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laura: there has been plenty of outcry against mr. trump's travel ban across the middle east. in iraq, the parliament has called for a ban on americans. in lebanon there has been despair among refugees fleeing the war in neighboring syria. last year the u.s. admitted some 12,000 syrians. our middle east correspondent has spent the day with some of those affected. reporter: a desperate sound, but all-too-familiar at the u.n. refugee reception in beirut. this is where hundreds of thousands of those who fled syria come for aid or advice. with theing, along usual cues and quite resignation, there was added frustration. syrian refugees have been banned from the u.s. for two years this man wanted to find a new country in which he could settle, but said today even if given the chance, would never go to america. >> i don't want to go to a
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racist country that discriminates against arabs and muslims. reporter: for others, it is another hope fading, like this woman desperate to leave and get medical help for her child. who has cancer. to besyrian, i just want treated like another human being, welcomed in a country that protects my rights and children." only a fraction of refugees would have been eligible for resettlement in the united states, those seen to be the most vulnerable. yet still here, news of president trump's executive order has increased the sense of hopelessness. many feel another door is closed to them. elsewhere, this anger has emerged as legitimate residents are stopped from returning to america. like a man from iraq who lived in l.a. for three years but he is stuck in jordan after leaving the u.s. for work.
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yesterday he missed his six-year-old daughter's birthday. >> today i went to buy a ticket and the companies have advised me not to travel. travelers have been trapped in airports since yesterday. reporter: as the confusion played out across the middle east, the scale of those affected is unclear. a world-renowned clarinet player is in lebanon for a concert. born in syria, living in new york, one of many unsure if he will be able to return. >> i've not been able to go back to damascus for a few years. now this other home and all my friends and family in the u.s. and that has also been blocked. reporter: the consequences of america's immigration changes are echoing around the region, in many places leaving behind questions and growing discord.
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laura: that is the scene overseas, let's bring it back to the u.s. a short time ago, i spoke to a former congressman and advisor to the trump transition team. there has been chaos at american airports and protests following the executive order on immigration. do you support it wholeheartedly? >> well, i think overall the objectives of what the president is trying to do is absolutely essential. stopping or detaining 109 people out of 325,000 people coming into the united states, i'm not sure i would call that chaos. laura: well, i was at kennedy airport yesterday and i can tell you it was chaos and some of the people being detained were relatives of active duty u.s. military. they did not seem like the kind of people posing a threat. >> well, that is why the department of homeland security, if you read the executive order fairly closely, or the executive
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order from the president, it is clear that the department of homeland security has the ability to provide waivers for those kinds of individuals, and my indications, the indications i've received, is that there may have been some people who were detained for a period of time but none of these folks were denied entry into the united states. laura: there are members of your own party, senators mccain and graham, who fear that this could be a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism because it inflames anti-american sentiment. do you worry about that? >> well, i mean, i have gone through this and been involved in this for the 10 years i was in congress and i continued to study it. the jihadists, they hate the united states, they hate the west for a whole range of reasons, beginning with the state of israel. and there are always things that are blamed for inflaming it, whether it was gitmo, now this temporary ban. remember, this is no different than what president obama did in
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2011 -- laura: but he didn't ban anything. he just made it harder for iraqis to come in. >> he made it for, what was it, a certain period of time banned iraqis from coming in. he has continually been involving this vetting process. donald trump is just saying, part of my administration, checking the boxes when i'm coming in, i want to make sure this vetting process is as thorough as it can be. and so i am going to pause or suspend these programs for 90 to 120 days so i can have my secretaries of homeland security, fbi, and state department make sure that these programs are working the way we intended them to work and that we will be able to keep america safe. laura: you came to this country as an immigrant. i did, too. do you worry when big american companies like ford say this is going against american values, the values of the company?
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>> no, ford has just got to step back and relax. we are not banning immigrants. what we are saying is that from those countries from in most cases failed states, which means they cannot vet the individuals coming to the united states, there are not governments in place that can give us the information we need to check their backgrounds. this is very consistent with american values to make sure we vet those people coming into the united states. if this was a permanent ban on people coming from certain parts of the world and those types of things, yes, i would be concerned. but for a president to say from 90 to 120 days i will evaluate the programs we have in place to see if they are working or not, i think that is fine, and that is one of the things that i would expect a businessman to do. laura: thank you so much for joining us. >> great, thank you. laura: authorities in canada
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have one suspect in custody following the shooting on sunday at a québec city mosque in which six people were killed. a second person who had been arrested is now thought to be just a witness. canadian prime minister justin trudeau has called the shooting a terrorist attack, and he is -- has called the shooting a terrorist attack. reporter: it is a quiet suburban corner of québec city that was the site of this bloodshed. a gun man burst into the islamic cultural center during the evening prayers, spraying the worshipers with bullets. police say the victims were all men aged between 35 and 60, including, according to locals, a university professor. and the owner of this butcher shop close to where the attack took place. >> québec is the most secure city. for me, it is beautiful. so to have an attack like this here -- reporter: police say one man was detained close to the scene but is now thought to be just a witness.
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the suspected gunman fled in his car across the bridge in the center of the city, but pulled over and called police to turn himself in. he waited and appears to have been detained without a struggle. he has been named as alexandra bissonette, in his late 20's, and could appear in court as early as today. police have not talked about of motive as of yet, but even of -- even though this is known as a peaceful place, that same mosque has been targeted with islamophobia before. in june, during the muslim holy month of ramadan, a pig's head was left on the doorstep. what mosque leaders say there were no threats of late. prime minister justin trudeau called the killing a terrorist attack on muslims. p.m. trudeau: to the more than one million canadians who profess the muslim faith, i want to say directly, we are with you. 36 million hearts are breaking with yours.
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and know that we value you. reporter: in recent days, the prime minister stood up against the anti-islamic rhetoric coming from the u.s., saying that canada would continue to welcome those fleeing persecution no matter their faith. laura: terrorism takes the lives of canadian muslims. in other news from around the world, a key suspect in last year's brussels airport bombing has been transferred from belgium to france and placed under formal investigation over his alleged involvement in the 2015 paris attacks. belgian authorities say he was the so-called man in the hat who accompanied 2 suicide bombers at the airport last march. the former secretary to not see propaganda -- nazi propaganda boss joseph goebbels has died. closerk brought her into
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contact with one of the worst war criminals of the 20th century. in a recent documentary, she said she knew nothing about the murder of 6 million jewish people during the holocaust. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come, going undercover to stop an underhanded trade. however bbc investigation rounded up these cap traffickers of baby chimpanzees. chilean authorities have detained more than 40 people suspected of arson as wildfires burn across the south and center of the country. at least 11 people have been killed and several thousand left homeless. fighting the flames with whatever they can find. a tree branch. a bottle of water. these farmers in central chile fend for themselves as they would for help to arrive. but the authorities have been overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the wildfires affecting seven separate areas of chile and
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described as the largest emergency operation in the country's history. the president says some fires me up and started deliberately, this by accident. -- others by accident. >> we are sure this is intentional we will pursue the response to the end. we have arrested 43 from the 36 cases we are investigating. not all were intentional fires. some were the result of negligence. reporter: if convicted, the arsonists face up to 20 years in prison. 10,000 people are now involved in this relentless firefight. international aid has come from colombia, mexico, and spain. hota deadly mixture of weather and strong winds mean the flames have spread quickly, engulfing entire towns. for thousands of people, this is
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the bleak reality they face -- homes destroyed, lives lost. as this emergency enters its third week, some people are trying to put their communities back together. officials warned around 130 fires are still burning, half out of control. laura: a global network of traffickers selling baby chimpanzees has been exposed in a bbc news investigation. the tiny animals were seized from the wild in west africa and sold as pets in places as far as a way as the gulf states and china. according to the united nations, at least 400 animals have been traded since 2005. the bbc worked undercover in ivory coast to produce this report from our science editor david shukman.
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david: a baby chimpanzee. captured from a jungle in west africa. orphaned after poachers killed his family. and now looking for reassurance. chimps are endangered, so exporting them is illegal. but they are so adorable that they are wanted as pets on the black market. during a year-long investigation, we were sent these videos by dealers offering to sell the tiny animals. the chimps are destined for a life of captivity in the gulf states and asia. it is a cruel trade, and we have worked to expose it. led us to a secret
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animal trafficking network. we got in touch with a dealer. cratet us a video of a specially made for wildlife smuggling, using animals you are allowed to export to provide cover for a chimpanzee down below. >> here is the chimp. david: he then met a colleague of ours who was pretending to be a buyer and using a hidden camera. he spelled out his prices in dollars. he showed videos of baby chimpanzees.
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negotiations continued over social media. the video confirmed that he had a chimp ready for export. our undercover colleague went to see the animal himself. we were following. we briefed interpol and the ivory coast police and they prepared a sting operation to catch the dealer red-handed. filmedleague secretly his arrival of the dealer's house. >> look at this. our colleague took pictures. his cover story was he needed
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proof for a client in indonesia. at this point, the police moved in. initially, there was confusion. the chimpanzee had been hidden. and the dealer had run away. detectives charged through the streets to try to catch him. he had been caught. one minute he was planning a deal worth thousands of pounds. the next time he was under arrest. police ordered everyone in the house onto the ground. found the chimpanzee, a young male.
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police have just made all of these arrests. atmosphere here, the . it is all about this, a baby chimpanzee taken from the jungle. the real tragedy of this trade is they get one infant chimpanzee out of the jungle come all the adults in the family have to be killed. that is as many as 10 adults slaughtered just to make one chimp here ready for trade. we have been advised not to touch the chimp until a vet checked him. for a few agonizing moments, he was all alone. the police then discover that this was a major hub for trafficking. for years, when investigators had been looking for clues about smuggled chimpanzees, they would
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see these blue tiles in the background. well, this is it, when everyone calls the blue room. it is like a holding center for animals waiting to be trafficked abroad. chimp was taken away into the care of wildlife officials. the crowd outside became more agitated. starting to take the side of the men who had been arrested. police told us to leave. watch nervously. a new chapter in his short life was about to begin. at the interpol headquarters, if ibrahima faced charges related to why like trafficking. so did his uncle.
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the chimpanzee was searching for reassurance. he clamored towards the only , the men who had been holding him captive. the police colonel in charge of said trafficking threat the survival of chimpanzees. david: the baby chimp is now in safe hands. he has been given a name. and the traffickers trying to sell him are for the moment out of action. david shukman, bbc news, ivory coast. that investigation into
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the sale of chimpanzees brings today's broadcast to a close fit you can find much more on all the day's news on our website. i am laura trevelyan. thanks for watching "world news america." >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation. newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good. kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and aruba tourism authority. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here in aruba. families, couples, and friends can all find their escape on the island with warm, sunny days,
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cooling trade winds, and the crystal blue caribbean sea. nonstop flights are available from most major airports. more information for your vacation planning is available at aruba.com. >> "bbc world news" was presented by kcet, los angeles.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. >> o'brien: and i'm miles o'brien. >> woodruff: on the newshour tonight, president trump takes to twitter to defend his immigration order amid upheaval that brought thousands across the country protesting at airports and on the street. >> o'brien: also ahead this monday, what is it's like to be caught up in the chaos? refugee reaction to the ban. >> who are these people who are now banned from entering the country there are students like me, graduate students who are doing their phd's, doing their masters. >> woodruff: plus, madeline albright, kansas secretary of state kris kobach, and our politics monday team break down the legal, domestic and foreign implications of the tumultuous first days in the trump administration.

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