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across the country, demonstrators gathered to rally against president trump's executive order against refugees. and justin trudeau is condemning this shooting as a terrorist attack. and the latest meeting around the national security council table.
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good morning, everyone. it is 5:00 a.m. on monday morning, i'm alex witt alongside louis burgdorf. according to reports, there would have been 60 to 100 people at the center when the shooting broke out at a canada mosque at 8:00 p.m. it took place in the men's section of the facility. eight other people were hurt in the shooting. they have not said whether the shooting was motivated by anti-islamic sentiments. justin trudeau released a statement on the attack reading in part, quote, it is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence. diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we as canadians hold dear. these senseless acts have no
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place in our communities, cities and country. in the wake of the attack, the minister of public safety in quebec announced via twitter that anti-terrorism police have been deployed. and in new york, the police department directed all mosques to have a presence there. we'll bring you more details as they develop. louis? the white house is sdefendig the latest chaos ban as protesters rally at airports against it. donald trump suspended the refugee program for 120 days to prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual's country of nationality. now, for the next 90 days, it denies entry to passport holders from seven countries, iran, iraq, libya, syria, somalia,
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quebec and libya. on several occasions the white house said the list of seven countries was identified by the obama administration. according to "the wall street journal," a federal program allows people from the united kingdom, france and three dozen other countries to travel to the u.s. for business or vacation without a visa. this curtailed the program requiring anyone from the approved list of countries who has traveled to iran, iraq, sudan and syria to obtain a u.s. visa before entering the country. the department of looenld security added libya, somalia and yemen in 2016. while agencies reviewed the executive order, nbc reports it came out of the white house and did not go through the standard inner agency process. this seats input from a variety of lawyers and implementers that led to confusion for customs
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agents which sean spicer addressed yesterday. >> how much of a heads-up did you give homeland security? you have seen the scenes at the airport? you have heard david curley report? >> the people who knew knew. we couldn't telegraph this ahead to ensure that people flooded in before it went into place. >> now confusion was rampant with some green card holders being detained despite having permanent resident status. reince priebus offered a mixed message about whether the ban applied to them. >> as far as green card holders moving forward, this does not affect them. >> this order does not impact the green card holders from these seven countries? >> if you are traveling back and forth, of course it does. you'll be subject to further screening. >> john killry deemed the entry of lawful residents be in the national interest but added where information suggests a serious threat to public safety and welfare, those residents
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will be determined on a case by case basis. president trump depended this order from being characterized on a ban of muslims during the campaign. he said, america is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. the seven countries name in the executive order are the same countries previously identified by the obama administration as sources of terror. to be clear, it is not a muslim ban as the media is falsely reporting. now announcing a question on changes the administration is making to the refugee program, the president said he needs to focus on christians coming in. >> the refugee changes you're looking to make as it relates to persecuted christians, do you see them as kind of a priority here? >> yes. >> you do? >> yes, they have been horribly treated. if you were a christian in syria, it was impossible, very -- at least very tough to get into the united states. if you were a muslim you could
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come in, but if you were a christian, it was almost impossible. and the reason that was so unfair is that the -- everybody was persecuted this all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody, but more so the christians. and i thought it was very, very unfair. so we are going to help them. >> according to self-reported data collected by the state department, the pew research found that of the more than 12,000 refugees admitted in the fiscal year 2016, 99% are muslim and less than 1% are christian. syria is a 93% muslim nation. of all refugees admitted to the u.s. last year, nearly 39,000 were muslims, narrowly outpacing the christian refugees for the first time since 2006. over the course of the 15-year collected data. christians account for more than 400,000 refugees in the united states. 120,000 more than the number of muslims admitted. and comments from a top trump campaign adviser are drawing attention about a potential
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religious factor behind the new order as former new york mayor rudy giuliani said this grew out of the president's legal way to keep his promise. >> when he first announced it, he said muslim ban. he called me up and said, put a commission together and show me the right way to do it legally. i put a commission together and what we did was focused on, instead of religion, danger. the areas of the world that create danger for us, which is a factual basis, not a religious basis. perfectly legal, perfectly sensible. and that's what the ban is based on. it's not based on religion. >> and the outrage over president trump's travel ban continues to boil over across the country. thousands of people spent a second day gathered at airports across the country protesting the move. as more of the travelers who found themselves caught in the legal limbo of the new rules upon their arrival, airports around the nation are being reunited with their loved ones. slowly but surely people
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detained across the u.s. are being released, but lawyers who have spoken with nbc news stress it is hard to know exactly how many people have been detained and where. over the weekend, airports across the country in some cases overwhelmed as people numbering in the thousands according to some estimates gathered in and around terminals to protest the trump administration's decision. here in new york city, news of the detentions brought a massive crowd to terminal four at john f. kennedy international airport on saturday. officials were forced to temporarily close security checkpoints and shift traffic to accommodate those gathering. and the crowd at the airport erupted in cheers as one woman being held was reunited with her family yesterday. she was one of more than a dozen detained who were then released. at a dallas/ft. worth airport, officials announced on twitter yesterday that detainees were being released and reunited with their families. dallas mayor mike rollings shared this photo on twitter of himself and other officials greeting those detained at the
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airport writing, we are very sorry. in los angeles, an estimate 7d,000 people gathered at lax y yesterday. attorneys gathering to help the more than 100,000 travelers detained at the airport since it all began. now msnbc's jacob silveroff was there when the detainees were released early in the hours on sunday morning. he spoke to a 75-year-old woman from iran who holds a green card just as she was released to her grandson and she offered a message to president trump. >> reporter: what about to our new president? do you have a message for him? donald trump? >> she says do something right, do something right. >> the demonstrations spilled into the streets across the country. angry citizens took their message directly to president trump outside the white house. and many continued down
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pennsylvania avenue to take their opposition to lawmakers at the capitol and the president's new hotel. here in new york city, an estimated 12,000 people gathered in and around battery park yesterday with the statue of liberty and ellis island as their backdrop. senators chuck schumer and kristen gillibrand along with bill de blasio were among the elected officials who joined demonstrators. and in boston, thousands of people packed the square. mayor walsh addressed the crowd saying donald trump's executive order was a betrayal of american values. louis, the president's executive orders have split the republican party. senators john mccain and lindsey graham issued a joint statement criticizing the role that read in part, ultimately we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism. we fear it may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security. >> it is a confused process,
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which the good news is that it's only got to do with a pause. the bad news is that obviously this process and these conclusions were not vetted. there are so many questions that, for example, it didn't filter down to our customs people, who can come in? who can't? as a green holder as was originally interpreted. if they are legally in this country, can that person be barred from coming into this country? i'm guessing that in some areas it will give isis more propaganda. >> president trump responded on twitter writing the joint statement of former presidential candidates of john mccain and lindsey graham is wrong. they are sadly weak on immigration. the to senators should focus their energies on isis, and
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illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to started world war iii. and bob corker wrote, it is my hope that many of these programs will be reinstated. now mitch mcconnell is also weighing in, though he was less critical of other fellow lawmakers. and paul ryan said, i support the refugee resettlement program and it's time to re-evaluate and strengthen the visa vetting process. president trump is doing everything right to make sure he knows who is entering our country. >> i'm not going to make a blanket statement on this effort. to extending the vetting process, i think that's in order. we need to bear in mind we don't have a religious test in this country, and we also need to remember that some of our best allies in the war against islamic terrorism are muslims.
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>> now, according to "the washington post," leaders are voicing concern over trump's immigration order from the koch network. the travel ban is, quote, the wrong approach and will likely be counter productive. but others dismissed the attempt to ban the muslim ban. senator tom cotton wrote, it's simply wrong to call the president's executive order concerning immigration and refugees a religious test of any kind. i doubt many arkansans or americans more broadly object to taking a harder look at foreigners coming into our country from war-torn nations with known terror networks. i they they're wondering why we don't have that already. and justin trudeau has been an open supporter of those
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coming into canada. he wrote, to those fleeing percent kus, terror and war, canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. in a statement, iran calls the move a clear insult to the islamic world and a great gift to extremists. there are also reports that iraq is mowing a similar ban on u.s. citizens and several iraqi lawmakers say the executive order will hurt the fight against violence. and now a petition calling for the uk to revoke the invitation is quickly growing topping 1 million signatures overnight. and matt bradley is joining us live from london. matt, a good morning to you. we'll talk more about this petition and what we're hearing from government officials there.
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>> thanks, alex. president trump has been busy blocking refugees from several muslim majority countries from visiting the u.s. and now the british public are getting their turn to block president trump. nearly a million britains, excuse me, just over a million britains have signed the online petition demanding the president's unscheduled state visit to the uk be indefinitely postponed. such a visit according to this petition would, quote, cause embarrassment to her majesty the queen. the petitioners only need 100,000 digital signatures to force parliament to debate the proposal. and if you look now, that number just surpassed 1 million. this has been a monstrous headache for another newly-minted leader. british prime minister theresa may who became premier last summer on the back of another populist insurgent vote. a referendum for the uk to leave the european union. so ms. may is playing very
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careful in the diplomatic aim with donald trump. she was the first foreign leader to meet the president on friday and trump is a big fan of brexit. but we'll see who wins this cross-atlantic staring contest. the people or the prime minister? >> we'll look at that petition, it is going up every minute. it's hard to keep track of. thank you, matt bradley, from london. mike pence becomes the first vice president to speak at the march for life. what he had to say to the other massive crowd gathered in washington. plus, roger federer wins his 18th grand slam title. we've got all the highlights from the amazing australian open men's final. those stories and more are coming up next.
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over the weekend mike pence became the first sitting vice president to attend the annual march for life rally. thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators took to the streets of washington friday hoping that president trump will breathe new life into the
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movement. the vice president saying that the president is already making good on his promise to be an anti-abortion champion by signing an executive order last week to block u.s. aid to foreign organizations that provide abortions. >> i believe we will continue to win the hearts and minds of the rising generation. if our hearts first break for young mothers and their unborn children, and if each of us do all we can to meet them where they are, with generosity, not judgment. >> 41 years ago that couple from haiti could have made the choice to abort, but they didn't. they chose life. they didn't choose what might have been, they chose what is to come. they went and followed and fostered that life. and the future and the dreams that baby would bring. i'm certain that this couple
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would never have thought that that child would become the first black female republican ever elected to congress. >> well, this march this year coincided with the 44th anniversary of roe v. wade. after going back and forth on the issue over the years, the president vowed to have a supreme court justice committed to overturning the 1973 law. let's get a check now on your weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins. it was a pretty nice weekend. >> it was a nice winter weekend. it had a chill to it, but if you wanted to do the outdoor activities, this was a good weekend across the country. we had snow near the great lakes. and we had a little piece of snow that went through washington, d.c. last night. it's just about over near the capital. the grassy surfaces have an inch on them. a lot of the roads were warm enough so they are just wet. it's still snowing pretty good in southern jersey. you will get a little bit of accumulation. up towards cleveland, weave had pretty significant snows overnight and that continues.
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it definitely brings shoveling there, likely school cancellations or delays. and we have the next clipper system down from minnesota to bring snow from minneapolis northwards into central wisconsin. here's how we time things out during the day today. again, cleveland will get a break during the middle of the day. we'll exit that storm in the mid atlantic quickly and focus on the clipper system coming down through the great lakes. even detroit gets snow later tonight. again, we're not talking blockbuster amounts of snow. maybe two to four inches in a lot of areas of the great lakes and north of chicago. and detroit, one to two later on tonight. no big storms coming this week either. of course, punxsutawney phil will give us his forecast later this week. >> oh, that's right. thank you, bill. we have all the details from the australian open later in sports. it was awesome! what shall we call you? tom! name it tom!
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and the fans got their money's worth in atlanta last night. the hawks and the knicks battled into four overtimes, only the second time in knicks' history. carmelo anthony had 45 points including a game-tying layup with under three seconds in regulation and a game-tying jumper with under seven seconds in the first overtime. paul milsap led the way for the hawks scoring 37 and grabbing 19 rebounds. and the hawks outlasted the knicks, 142-139. it was an epic, epic game. carmelo anthony fouled out, but i think milsap had 40 minutes straight of play time or maybe 60 minutes. >> that's exhausting right there. can i go back to rafael nadal and roger federer? when do you think the next time is when we'll see those guys in an open final match? >> i don't know if we will ever see that. >> it was so good, it was worth getting up at 3:30 in the morning for. it was awesome. thank you very much, louis. a number of republicans are weighing in on steve bannon's
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welcome back, everyone. i'm alex witt alongside louis burgdorf. we're starting off with the top stories. as we follow breaking news out of canada where six people are dead following a shooting at a mosque in quebec city in what the country's prime ministe

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