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>> these were emotions that i had been dreaming about for so long. >> getting to the heart of the matter. proud to tell your stories. al jazeera america. this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm david shuster. badgering the front runners. wisconsin voters head to the polls tomorrow, and the primary results could make the presidential nominations more unsettled than ever. workers in the two largest states in the nation are going to get a boost to $15 an hour, and it's underscoring a kwon tras between democrats and the presidential campaign. and a list of the rich and
powerful, and how they stash their wealth. and scaring off sea lions, the unique effort in an oregon port to keep the pesky mammals away. ♪ we begin this hour in the state of virgin islandsofvy wis. the state is almost always unpredictable. polls suggest hillary clinton and donald trump are both behind their top rivals. we start with the republican race, al jazeera's chief political correspondent michael shure joins us from milwaukee, and michael what are you seeing tonight? >> donald trump is going to coout tonight in a state that he has wanted really badly, david. he decamped to wisconsin. usually what he does is fly home
after campaign events. he actually spent the night here in milwaukee last night. he is trying to make this a mirror image of how he handled iowa where ted cruz won. encouraged by a poll today showing him 10 points up, but that is really the outlier. all of the polling has shown that ted cruz is ahead in this state. and ted cruz has made a particular push in this state, because he knows he has to win 96% of the unsaddled delegates to get to where he wants to be. there are people like john kasich who need to win 115% of the delegates outstanding. ted cruz today talking confidently and actually -- when he was doing a different kind of campaigning. going in speaking to voters face-to-face. here is ted cruz today, david. >> i hope and believe tomorrow night's going to be a very, very
good night here in wisconsin, and that will have impact on races all across the country. the momentum we have had over and over and over again. we are winning delegates when the people vote, and i believe we'll continue doing that. >> reporter: he was in madison earlier today, still trying to send home the same message, but be with that republican establishment here in the state, that means governor scott walker by his side a lot. >> has donald trump's message changed at all over the past day versus what he has been talking about for the past couple of weeks. >> reporter: i don't know that the message is changing, the delivery is changing. a lot more retail politics. big stages, big halls. here at the milwaukee theater it is also a big hall. but he is still talking about the same thing. he is not going to talk about how today is the 48th
anniversary of the assassination of martin luther king, he is going to stick to his message. it's style that is different a little bit. donald trump in wisconsin today also confident like ted cruz. >> i any a lot of big things are going to happen tomorrow. i think a lot of -- i'm seeing people that are professionals, and, you know, the polls are pretty even. right now the polls are pretty even. but i have a feeling, we're going to have a very big day tomorrow folks. i think so. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: and those polls are not so even for him, but he is trying to drum up that sort of momentum that he wasn't able to get in iowa. the conservative voters in this state mirror those in iowa. ted cruz appeals to them. donald trump is trying to win them over by saying ted cruz is not believable or electable.
>> michael thank you very much. we'll be talking about michael more later this hour. in the men time the governors of two of the most populated states in the country signed laws today raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. the hikes will be gradual. new york gets there sooner in 2018. the minimum wage was a big issue today in the democratic presidential race. bernie sanders and hillary clinton have very different positions. but you wouldn't necessarily know that watching hillary clinton raise arms with fellow democrats today here in new york. >> hello! hello new york! [ cheers and applause ] >> hello! >> reporter: in manhattan monday just after new york governor andrew cuomo signed a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, hillary clinton joined him for the labor celebration. >> we need to build on what has
been accomplished here in new york, and go all the way to washington, and raise the minimum wage for everybody in america. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: but clinton's presidential campaign platform calls for raising the federal minimum wage to just $12 an hour. it's her rival, senator bernie sanders who has steadfastly endorsed lifting it across the nation to the level new york has now made law. >> i believe the minimum wage has got to be raised to a living wage, 15 bucks an hour. >> reporter: in recent months while clinton did not -- oppose the new york efforts, she did say in general it could put too much of a burden in rural areas. did that include up state new york? on this day, the clinton
campaign would not respond. instead they took a shot at sanders. >> now some people get bored by that kind of talk. [ laughter ] >> don't bother me with the details. let's just make it sound good. let's just feel good. well, i think we would still be sowning and feeling good if it hadn't been for the hard work. >> reporter: still clinton critics say it was hard work she chose not to join, and her association at the end smacks of mrit toounism. clinton has been accused of flip flopping in this campaign. >> i don't think it's in the best interests of what we need to do to combat climate change. >> reporter: polls of democratic voters suggest that one of clinton's biggest vulnerabilities is the perception, fair or not, that
she has few core policy values other than her own campaign success. a few weeks from now, her success could rest on the shoulders of governor cuomo, and the rest of the democratic government establishment, nearly all of whom have pledged to help clinton win, so at every rally with them, clinton has been fusive. >> let's one more give a round of applause to the governor, the speaker, and everyone in the labor movement! [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you and god bless you! >> the panama papers scandal continues to grow this evening. 11.5 million files were leaked to the media. they show how some of the world's wealthiest and prominent
people hide their money. alleged tax dodgers include the president of argentina, the prime minister of iceland, and ukraine's president. the biggest name that's been linked to the documents is russian president vladimir putin. members of his inner circle are all implicated. al jazeera's adam raney takes a closer look. >> reporter: panama city has long been a booming financial hub. it also has a reputation of money laundering for the world's rich. an image only to be encouraged by the release of millions of documents from a law firm that specializes in setting up off-shore companies. the documents appear to show links to 143 politicians, among the current leaders named are
the president of argentina, iceland's prime minister, and ukraine's president. an unprecedented leak of documents show how vladimir putin's inner circle became very wealthy. his best friend is at the center of a scheme in which money from russian state banks is hidden offshore. others include the son of malays malaysia's prime minister. >> i think it raises question for the political class as a whole. european countries, the u.s., others have been talking about greater transparency. swizer laptzerland has been try clean up their act. >> reporter: investigators believe one of the off-shore companies supplied fuel for war
planes that the syrian government used to bomb and kill tens of thousands of its own citizens. also revealed in the documents was a shell company in panama, owned by the football star messi and his father. here in latin america several countries have been linked to that firm in panama, including the three most important countries, mexico, argentina and brazil. and mexico has received hundreds of millions in contracts, and the argentina president failed to disclose he is a director in a company based in bahamas. and then brazil, five members of the law firm have been charged. >> reactions to the panama
papers have run the gambit from anger in iceland to indifference in russia. barnaby phillips explains. >> reporter: in the capitol of a small country in central america. headquarters of a company that traded on secrecy and confidentiality, but which is suddenly under uncomfortable scrutiny. they help the rich and powerful hide their wealth. it denies any wrongdoing. the millions of leaked documents suggest some clients were money laundering and avoiding sanctions, many were not breaking the law. leaders or former leaders of ten countries used tax havens, argentina, georgia, icingland, ukraine, iraq, jordan, qatar, saudi arabia, and sudan. but relatives or friends of many other leaders also hid their
money. >> they are paying effectively zero tax in many cases, and certainly much less tax than ordinary people which is unacceptable. it is depriving governments around the world in vital revenue they need to help ordinary people. >> reporter: about half of the companies were incorporated in british overseas territories. so in london, i asked one expert why britain isn't doing more. >> the prime minister has taken real leadership. he has forced u.k. companies to open up and say who owns them. and there's an an try corruption summit he is hosting, and it's a golden opportunity to really ask some of the worst actors in this field to open up. >> reporter: although for david cameron, there is some embarrassment which say his late father helped set up a fund in
the bahamas to avoid tax in the u.k. the journalists who hold the papers will be releasing many more documents in the coming days, telling us about how the wealthy, both in democracies and corrupt dictatorships hide their money. in europe a new deal has taken effect to rekrout -- reroute asylum seekers through turkey. al jazeera's harry fawcett reports. >> reporter: with the arrival of this first boat from greece, this vast experiment in european border control began in earnest. on board 62 people, who authorities say had not claimed asi asylum in greece and had agreed to be sent to turkey.
turkey says the majority of pakistanis and afghans unless they claim asylum here will be sent to their home countries. the governor said no syrians were coming ashore on this first day, and no permanent refugee camp would be set up here. but another group was being brought to another dock. these men had set off in the early hours of the morning to make the journey to greece. they called the police for rescue when their boat began to sink. >> we feel happy. we are saved now. >> reporter: you were trying to go to greece? >> yes, we are. >> reporter: for the e.u. the key question is will this work. certainly the numbers trying to leave the turkish coast for greece have declined in recent days, but still the motivation remains for many, and some say the deal could even spark
further motivation among those returned. syrian returnees will be put to the back of the line into possible re-entry into europe. >> what are the chances to make it? even if they now know they are at the end of the line? it is -- maybe it is close to zero, but now they know it is zero. so in that case what is your next-best option? try it again. >> reporter: thousands of kilometers a way, germany did begin accepting the first syrian refugees sent legally in a one to one trade. if this was the first test of the system, it was designed to be as trouble free as possible, with returnees carefully selected. there will be sternest tests, as the system's efficiency and
effectiveness and its fairness to those being brought back. coming up, a troubled year in the city of chicago. the windy city has witnessed a spike in gun violence. we'll explain why things have gone from bad to worse. and giving birth in prison. some in mate rights groups are calling the treatment of female convicts barbaric. an in-depth report is just ahead.
♪ in state and federal prisons, the latest data shows that women are now the fastest-growing inmate population. and confusion seems to be developing after inmates who are pregnant. al jazeera's roxana saberi spoke with two former inmates about their experiences. roxana. >> david, 28 states have no laws about the shackling of pregnant prisoners. studies show the rules are often
ignored. >> my daughter -- there's no words for her. my daughter means the world. she's my joy. she's my pride. she's my light. >> reporter: as the journey into the world began six years ago, when her mother was awoken and told she was taking a trip. >> i had no idea where i was going. i just know i had to go with the officer. they shackled me on my hands, belly and feet. >> reporter: she was past her due date and brought to a nearby hospital to be induced. her wrist she says stay chained to the bed for the entire delivery. >> when you are cuffed to a bed, you can't really lift your body up to push a child out. you really can't lift yourself
out. the doctors are telling the officers to uncuff my hand and they are telling the doctors no. >> reporter: the number of women in american prisons is growing nearly twice as fast as men. the vast majority of inmates curving time to non-violent drug offenses. >> the practice has been to shackle women one wrist and one ankle to their bed during labor. >> reporter: gail smith ones the women in prison project in new york. in 1999 she helped pass the first state law against shackling during pregnancy in illinois. >> we had a situation in cook county before our law passed
where the woman's ankles were shackled together when it was time for the baby to come, the officer had gone down hall on break and no one else had the key. so she was really within a couple of minutes of her baby suffering permanent brain damage. >> reporter: according to the correctional association, the laws are not all followed. in new york an anti shackling law was passed in 2009. >> i hate that memory. that i hate that everything was ruined. >> reporter: tina had her son blake in 2011 while held in new york for a drug conviction. she says she was handcuffed on the way to the hospital and shackled right after giving birth. >> it was like when am i going to see my baby? and they took me, i think about 6:30 at night. and now i had wrists ankles,
everything shackled. and i -- i was shuffled to the chair, and i was giving him his bottle, and i couldn't -- i couldn't look at him. i felt so uncomfortable. [ laughter ] >> it didn't feel like my child was mine. my child never felt like he was mine. >> reporter: that impact may be a lasting one. according to the american psychological association: >> there are some dangerous people. there's some dangerous females who are pregnant. >> reporter: he has run correctional facilities for almost three decades. >> corrections in general is a policy-driven environment, and it's a rules for everyone scenario.
one of the big things as a warden is i let my staff know, it's okay. you don't have to make a decision right away. there has to be a high-level decision process, and sometimes it's real quick. sometimes it's of the essence. and getting shift commanders and wardens and other people involved right off of the bat is the way to go. >> reporter: and the importance of reform, he says can't be overstated, because the better the start to the mother-child relationship, the better the chances for a healthy future. >> the idea is they are getting out, and if you really want them to get out, connect to the community, be successful, do well, and not come back, these are all part of the things you have to do. [ laughter ] >> reporter: new york amended its anti-shackling law in december. there are no programs to train staff and teach inmates about
their staff. we reached out to the new york state department of corrections to ask about the claims made by the two former inmates, but we did not get a response. >> thanks, appreciate it. coming up, the battle over history in new orleans. the city is having a lot of trouble removing symbols of the confederacy, and the reasons may surprise you.
♪ >> front runner hillary clinton is speaking in up state new york right now. in albany county, which is near the capitol of albany. secretary clinton has chosen to spend this day in new york and not wisconsin. the latest polls there suggest that vermont senator bernie sanders is ahead of hillary clinton. the latest poll has him up over hillary clinton by 8. clinton and sanders very sharp differences on issues of trade. bernie sanders has been opposed to nafta. there is also something of a dish -- difference that played out today involving minimum wage. the issue according to progressives is that hillary clinton in her campaign says that the federal minimum wage should be $12 an hour, and
supporters of bernie sanders say hillary clinton is trying to have it both ways. let's bring in joe watkins. he is now a republican strategist, and michael shure is al jazeera's senior political correspondent. joe, i want to start with you. for hillary clinton and thinking about a general election, is it smart for her to say, okay, i supported new york democratst, but i believe the national federal minimum wage should only be $12 an hour. is that important for her? >> it could be. if she wants to steal voters in the fall, this is the kind of posture that will help her do that. she has to not paint herself into too far of a left corner. >> and then michael shure that left corner, how are you seeing that play out in wisconsin where the issue of free trade is one that bernie sanders opposes. he seems to have made inroads in
drawing contrasts with hillary clinton. how is that playing out? >> reporter: in wisconsin it's a very different conversation. i was in madison, wisconsin, the closing of the factory here. and they are saying they are fighting for a working minimum wage, but that hasn't seem to have been able to penetrate the republicans that run the state right now. and that issue right now for democrats and union workers here is a big reason why a lot of them are moving towards bernie sanders, because of that $15 an hour wage. because the jobs promised here when that right to work came in, have not come to the state of wisconsin yet. to joe's point, though, this is a little bit of what hillary clinton is doing, positioning herself for the general election. she know $15 sound great in california and new york, but it
is not going to sound great in other places. >> another question on the democrats, michael, what are you sensing in terms of how tomorrow is going to go? >> reporter: i'm using michigan as a model, the geography of midwestern states. the whole idea that bernie sanders has been closing the gap, passing hillary clinton in the polls. hillary clinton not even going to be here, and bern -- bernie sanders not going to be here either. but that means to me, and what i'm sensing right now is that the momentum is swinging towards bernie sanders. there aren't the big cities with the exception of milwaukee, there aren't the big cities that clinton likes to rely on for these kind of things, so my sense is right now the momentum is with senator sanders.
and joe, if bernie sanders pulls off a victory in wisconsin, he believe that will be a trampoline effect for new york in two weeks. is that true? >> he might get some kind of a bounce. he has got to remember new york is the state where hillary clinton served from in the united states senate, so she is still very popular in the state of new york. he has the support of a lot of the key democrats including governor cuomo. but this will help bernie sanders from a psychological standpoint. also remember, he has taken a page out of president obama's play book from 2008. he has a lot of small donors. so he has a lot of money in the bank. >> michael you were pointing out earlier in the show, donald trump is in wisconsin. it looks like he is in the fight
of his life with ted cruz. the math for donald trump in terms of getting the delegates becomes very difficult. so today there was a lot of talk in washington about paul ryan, the speaker of the house perhaps being a savior at the republican convention. are you hearing about people from wisconsin about ryan possibly pursuing that. >> reporter: last week i was in the hometown of paul ryan. we went to a trump rally there. his name was brought up at the event, boos throughout the hall. i think even donald trump was surprised at that. when you speak to republicans, people say, yeah, paul ryan is
somebody we in wisconsin would be very proud of. paul ryan has said over and over, that he does not want to run, or be nominated at the convention, but he also said he did not want to be speaker of the house, so i think when it gets to cleveland in july that will be part of the conversation. the house of representatives may have a bigger role than paul ryan, if trump doesn't get the nomination, none get the majority, who gets to decide it? well, the house of representatives gets to decide it. >> and joe watkins as a republican strategist, can republicans win the general election if donald trump goes into the convention with the most delegates and most votes and somehow he is denied the nomination? >> i don't think a fractionist
convention helps the republicans. and even if a new candidate, somebody who is not currently on the docket, ends up being the nominee, i don't know that it helps the party. so there's still a lot that has to be said about what happens at that convention. of course at this point, it doesn't look like donald trump is going to be able to get 1237 delegates. he might, but it is not looking likely. but that being said, i don't know who our nominee ends up being. i don't know if it's mitt romney who comes back and says i will save the party, or whether it's paul ryan or somebody we haven't yet discussed. but it is going to be very, very hard if that convention is a fact house one. >> and michael shure are you picking up any openness among
donald trump supporters that you have been talking to, that they would be somehow open to somebody other than donald trump if that meant united the republican party? >> reporter: if they are, none say they are. they are very myopic about this guy. they say whatever happens in cleveland, they'll get to that when it happens. but right now they want to see that he is elected and he is their nominee. and if he doesn't do well in wisconsin, a lot of them think it is very important. new york and indiana will be a very important place for donald trump. but these voters right now, and you see that also in the same way with bernie sanders, they are talking about only their candidate, not making any compromise with any other candidate. >> i'm not going to make any compromise with my producers who asked me not to do this. we have another question,
villanova, north carolina. michael shure you first? >> i'm going to say it's the university of virginia, david. they should have won, and i think they should win again tonight. >> joe watkins. >> wi will nova. >> i agree. thank you both. safe travels to both of you. >> we'll send it to the house of eventtives. >> okay. thank you both. president obama met today with the secretary general of nato. the meeting comes at an interesting time as donald trump as called for the united states to pull out of nato or reevaluate how much money the united states gives to the organization. >> reporter: since he took office, barack obama has argued this kind of joint military training and operations are expensive, and when it comes to
nato, the u.s. is paying more than its fair share. he has forcefully argued that other countries need to spending more on defense. he was more subtle about that when meeting with the nato secretary general. >> i have in my budget put forward a quadrupling of the resources that we spend, and dedicated a portion of that money to make sure we have ground brigades that send a clear message about our commitments to our nato allies to the east. >> reporter: for his part the secretary general acknowledged the issue. only five of the 28 member countries spend the pledged amount for their defense. >> i will work together with all of the nato allies to make sure they make good on the pledge they made together to increase defense spending. and this is about that we have to invest more in our security when tensions increases.
>> reporter: if you look at the figures, defense spending in nato countries has steadily increased during obama's tenure, but the u.s. still accounts for about 72% of nato spending. that imbalance is starting to resinate with the american voters and the republican front runner for president. >> that means we are protecting them. and they are getting all sorts of military protection and other things, and they are ripping off the united states and they are ripping you off. either they pay up, or get out. and if it breaks up nato, it breaks up nato. >> reporter: donald trump is known for those kind of sweeping controversial statements, but analysts say on this issue he is not alone. >> i think there is a fair amount of support for those ideas among academics, and even in the u.s. public. >> reporter: president obama has been quoted as calling some nato
members free riders. the next president might have an even harsher description. in chicago the spike in gun violence consuming the city since last year continues to climb. the chicago police department now reports the number of shootings this year has reached above 635. there were 35 just over the weekend. andy roesgen has more. >> reporter: for a lot of chicagoans this pretty much sums up the city's violence. a man doing a walk and talk video selfie is suddenly shot in brood daylight. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: chicago police say the video posted to social media is most likely legitimate, and that the victim now in critical condition may have been a gang member himself walking in a gang rival's truth. >> i have never seen anything like this before. >> reporter: people living in
the highest crime neighborhoods, already know what the latest numbers confirm. the fist three months of the year saw 141 murders in the city, that's a 71% jump from last year, and the highest the rate has been since the mid-1990s. it puts them on pace to reach 500 murders in one year. much of it is happening within gangs. >> gangs in chicago have never been so fractious. >> reporter: criminal psychologist says the old order of just a couple of big gangs, actually had an economic interest in minimizing murders, but no more. >> they have very little to hang on to, and they are holding on to it as passionately as they can. >> reporter: also there was the video of police shooting and killing this teenager that touched off weeks of protests last november. top police officials have been concerned that the mcdonald case
has lead to a work slowdown, and the police union says officers are feeling the pressure. >> the ability to do your job underneath a fish bowl of what is happening now is incredibly detrimental to policing. >> reporter: also in the fallout from the mcdonald case, officers have had to fill out more paperwork on every street stop they make. the number of police street stops plunged at the start of this year from over 61,000 to just around 9,000 in january of this year. >> it's as if the police have retracted and left a power vacuum, and the gang members are filling it. >> reporter: the police department is trying to put the best spin on the latest numbers. last week, the mayor picked a well-regarded public veteran to lead the department. a move the department calls a morale builder.
>> nevertheless, these incidents no matter how isolated undermine our entire department and relationship with the community. we have to own it, and end it. >> reporter: and the department says the murder rate for march close at a slower pace than in january and february. but some things are not changing like the availability of illegal guns, and the poverty in these long-neglected neighborhoods. and then there's the use of social media as a fuel for escalating violence. police call it the new graffiti, and it appears to have captured another victim for all to see and hear. >> oh, my god! i don't believe this! the battle over moving confederate monuments in new orleans is heading to court. the city has been fighting for
months to relocate the statutes. as jonathan martin reports the effort has been stalled by legal challenges. >> reporter: the plan to remove four confederate monuments from public spaces in new orleans has been increasingly divisive, now a federal court could decide. >> these monuments were put up as a symbol of defiance about the idea that all people would be treated equally in the city. >> taking down the monuments is not the answer. >> arrest me! >> reporter: during an explosive city council meeting in december, leaders voted to remove the statutes, which include a statute of robert e lee, and jefferson davis. >> i believe we can do better. we deserve better, and we must do it now. >> reporter: but there has been
swift opposition, with louisiana lawmakers sponsoring bills aimed at blocking governments from removing monuments. pierre mcgraw's group, the monumental task committee is one of the plaintiffs. >> i think you take it out of its original context, you take a lot from it. >> reporter: while a district court sided with the city, an appealed courts ruled the statutes must stay up while this case remains in litigation. mcgrow says instead of moving them, the city should add special plaques. >> it could be a new hero or heros that have been forgotten. >> reporter: this city councilman says that is not good enough. confederate symbolism is especially offensive. >> kids need to walk down the street and see symbols of
themselves, symbols of their fathers, their grandfathers in places of honor, and not symbols of frankly, of people who were their oppressors. >> reporter: finding someone to take down the monuments may be the next hurdle. the first contractor picked by the city backed out after death threats. still ahead, face-to-face, where families divided by political charged border come together. and public new sense, the latest attempts to keep sea lions away from their harbor.
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southern-most tip of kra, borders by tijuana mexico on the other side. but the only entrance into the park is sometimes closed for up to six months a year because of flooding. when the rain does come, it casts a dark gray shadow over the artwork on the mexican side, but does nothing to dampen the spirits of those who have traveled so far to get as close as they can. this tiny finger reaching through the fence is searching for the hand of her father. he was deported from san diego, leaving behind his wife and two daughters, all u.s. citizens. they haven't seen each other in more than a year. >> translator: i am so happy to be able to see them. i'm happy, very happy to be able to see them. >> reporr: his wife didn't want her face shown, but talked
to me through the fence. her daughters wet and muddy from the rain. the ability of the girls to stick their fingers through the fence and connect with their dad in a way that they haven't been able to, what does that mean for you? >> it is nice. he is here. so they can see each other, and touch and talk. they talk over the phone, but it's not the same as seeing him. we're going to come back next week and see him again. and at least for a month. you know, they are happy they know who he is. and they don't forget him. that's the main point. that they don't forget him. >> reporter: a few hours later, we met this woman. she and her two daughters traveled for some 1500 miles from outside of the city. she blows kisses to her grandson, dillon.
she is meeting him for the first time. >> translator: i don't have words to explain what i felt. just that -- all of the emotion of seeing my family, my children. ten years is -- for me it sounds easy, but for me it is a long, long, long time. >> reporter: do you know when you are see your son and daughter-in-law and grandson again? >> translator: i have no idea. the truth is, i can't imagine it. >> reporter: so for now, the few hours spent at friendship park will have to carry the family through the next few months or even years. both say they hope immigration reform will happen this year, so moments like this won't have to be shared through a rusty metal fence. jennifer london, al jazeera. officials in oregon have been searching for a way to
control the sea lion population that has taken over the docks. the resurgence is a c con -- conservation success story. but port officials say the animals cause up to $150,000 in damage per year. >> reporter: ah, the sounds of spring on the northwest coast. the boys are back in town. in fact they never really left. >> they come here in -- in the winter -- or in the autumn, and all they have to do is eat and sleep and bark. >> reporter: male california sea lions, enjoying their 10-month traveling stag party, and seafood buffet. a favorite spring break site getting more popular every year. if you had been walking these docks five years ago, you might
have seen 3 to 400 california sea lions, but this year an estimated 4,000 spending their spring here. a 10-fold increase with no sign of slowing. bob has studied these animals for more than 45 years. tagging and tracking studies show they range far and wide. the big attractions are salmon and small fish like smelt. >> smelt populations have come roaring back. and with it a big prey source, and the sea lions have found it. >> reporter: and they are smart. they remember when and where to find the free lunches, all of which means -- >> there are just too many california sea lions. >> reporter: so many this part of the port is useless as a port. >> the beach balls were somewhat successful.
we also know that the car lot flagging is somewhat successful. >> reporter: and then there was the fake orca float last year. fitted with an engine and sent out to frighten the invader. the orca boat flipped in the river, swamped and had to be towed. the latest tactic . . . day glow smiley faced air dancers, sometimes showing success. >> it's the lime green? >> yeah. >> a few miles away at napa high school, there is another spark of hope. 30 students from welding and art classes fabricating and painting steel railings to line the docks
and make doing this much harder. if it was bid commercially, the port estimates this could cost a half of million dollars. this could be a fraction of that. >> the level of learning is exponential with doing a real-world project versus just burning rod and practicing welding. >> when we grow up, and those are in the docks, we're going to be able to go down with our kids and say we did this. >> it's a cool feeling, for sure. >> reporter: and it's a big job. 300 separate railings. nearly two miles worth of dock defense. installation could be complete by next january. until then the dancers will dance, the sea lions are bark, and only summer breeding season a thousand miles south will bring peace and quiet along this
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