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special middle east envoy british prime minister tony blair. thanks for watching. i'm wolf blitzer in jerusalem. don lemon starts right now for our international viewers "amanpour." hello, everyone. don lemon in for brooke today. a very busy news today. we're going to start with the border crisis. we have entered another phase. not the thousands of illegal immigrants but the one profile in the cnn film that was documented, he grew up in the u.s. after coming here from the philippines at just 12 years old. well, this video from a local newspaper shows that -- look at
him just before border patrol detained him. there you can see him there in the black shirt. it happened at the airport in mcallen on the texas/mexico border. this picture shows vargas in handcuffs. he was there to show solidarity with the surge of people, many of them children traveling alone, entering into the u.s. illegally. his friend undocumented herself, talking about the plight for being, quote, caged when one grows up in america but is not a citizen. >> he wanted to show support for these kids and he wanted to show support for these kids. he found himself trapped. we show him love and this is what we get now. he is he detained by border patrol. when i first came to the united states, i was 14 years old. i came to middle school, graduated high school in three
years. i have accomplished two master's degree until this day i can't exercise it. i have been here since i was 14. this has become my home. they have become my family. and i stand here today to add that he is giving administrative relief like the rest of the people in this nation need to be doing so their parents are able to get beyond the 100-mile radius because we are tired. we are tired of being caged within this border. we are tired of being caged between the bridges and the international -- between the international bridges and the checkpoints. this is a cage. and the time is now. the time to free our families is now. president obama, it's time now. congressmen, this is the time to provide relief to our families. >> joining me now is our senior
legal analyst jeffrey toobin and elena machado. did vargas know he could be retained before heading to mcallen, texas? >> well, he wrote an essay saying he didn't realize before getting there that likely getting out would be a problem. he has traveled all over the country for several years now without any issue you about the texas border is unique in the sense that you can't really drive out of town or go through airport security without encountering a tsa agent and then also a border patrol agent. as we mentioned last week, we were there all last week and we noticed the law enforcement present in that area was substantial. we noticed it, vargas noticed it. he mentioned that he was indeed concerned about how he would be able to get out just using his filipino passport which, by the way, is valid but lacks a visa.
vargas was scheduled to fly out this morning and one of his last tweets came while he was at the airport. i want to show that to you. "about to go through security at mcallen airport. i don't know what is going to happen." well, we now know that he was detained. i want you to listen to what he told erin burnett last night about whether this was all done so that he would get detained. take a listen. >> are you daring, in a sense, for people to arrest and deport you? they are not going to waste their time on you but is that your goal down there? >> erin, why the double standard. when i outed my people, that was to show that i'm not asking for special treatment. >> people are asking for the secretary of homeland security
do just that, that they release vargas. don? >> what is border protection and customs saying, elena? >> we have a call in to them. at this point they don't have an official statement but i'm told that could change later today. >> jeffrey, considering what he said to our erin burnett and what he tweeted out, the obvious question, was this a stunt and, if so, did he put himself in harm's way on purpose? >> i wouldn't want to speak to his ulterior motives. i do know now, know, that he is in some serious trouble. he's now with the border agency. what's likely to happen at this point is he is likely to be turned over to the immigration and custom service, i.c.e., and they will have to decide whether they release him on bond, on bail, pending some sort of resolution of his case given the
fact that he's lived here for so long, he doesn't have a criminal record, he will likely get out but those proceedings, if the united states decides to deport him could drag on for five years. so he is not likely to be deported today. he didn't illegally immigrate from mexico. they are not going to put him over the border in mexico but he does have significant legal problems and they are likely to take a long time to resolve. >> he's going to have to stay in detention but not for very long, you believe, and this could take five years to resolve? >> well, i'm sorry. i didn't mean to interrupt. >> i want to get it clear. how long will he stay in detention and even though the process takes five years, he'll probably get out sooner than that, a lot sooner than that? >> probably. the initial big issue for him is will i.c.e., the immigration service and the immigration judge say that he can get out on bond, essentially on bail. that could probably happen today
but the legal proceedings could go forward for a long time and there's no 100% guarantee that he will be granted bond. he will probably be released in the very near future but these things are never guaranteed and, yeah, he's in some serious trouble because he is, as he has oust often said, an undocumented immigrant. >> you're going to learn more about the protests sprouting up. some demonstrators are supporting them. others are clear. the undocumented are unwelcome. it's not just individual citizens saying that but state and business leaders as well. in iowa, the federal government has not even asked for help. >> i do have empathy for these kids and i want to -- but i also don't want to send the signal that send your kids to america illegally. >> so it has to do with the
message and also the money. just how much is it costing the united states to house and process the wave of migrants? 90,000 children are expected by september. so let's check in now with cnn's business correspondent zain asher. what have you learned here? >> this immigration crisis isn't coming cheap. it's costing about $12 billion a year. $4 billion on border patrol. that means releasing the borders and protecting the borders. we're talking about 805 mi$805 million and that includes speedboats and then another $350 million for fencing, and also the electric fences underneath the ground that protect and monitor traffic above the ground. you've also got radar and infrared technology, too. once the children enter into the united states, they are then handed over to the health and human services. they are spending about $860
million, everything from their education, caring for medical services as well. they are asking for another $1.8 billion. that's health and human services. then it's up to the justice department, right? somebody has to pay for the immigration courts to handle all of these cases. $312 million, everything from immigration judges and translators. a lot of people don't speak english and then legal counsel. you have to explain the united states judicial system to them as well. lastly, $3 billion is the cost of deportation. about 1,000 people get deported from the united states every single year. that money goes to their arrest, tracking them, and removing them from the united states either through chartered planes and commercial airlines as well. pretty expensive. >> very expensive proposition into the billions. thank you very much, zain asher, for that. very eye-opening. what would you do if you saw a kid in a hot car now. in texas, some witnesses didn't wait for police.
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like the lgbt community and the elderly and blacks in the justice system are still being exploited. here he is. >> if these and other conditions from what were social and economic mobility to reduce educational opportunities to unequal justice on unfair outcomes were felt so acutely by the majority of americans, i believe our national dialogue and our response to these problems could be very different. as it stands, our society is not yet color blind nor should it be given the disparities that still afflict and divide us. we must be color brave and must never forget that all are made better and more prosperous if all are given equal opportunities. >> so joining me now, cnn's political commentator mark lamont hill and benjamin. ben, to you first. what do you make of the remarks? >> i think these are a lot more in line with what an attorney
general should say than what he said on sunday when he said that there are a lot of people that don't like barack obama or eric holder because they are african-american. that's where i think he went a little bit off theress s reserv. hillary clinton when she was running against president obama said it's time we take our country back. nobody thought she was being politics when she said that. the way described today was a much more responsible from an attorney general and not trying to make things about a race war and there are people who are vulnerable. >> he didn't say some people. he said all people. >> right. but i think the core is, on sunday it was certainly he was trying to talk about how he and
president obama -- >> let me stop you there. it was a wide-ranging interview on a number of topics and he was asked about race and responded to questions about race. so it wasn't that he brought the subject upmself. a reporter asked him a question and -- >> of course not. when you're being interviewed, you don't bring up the subjects. but he had no problem going there or pushing the agenda. >> that's what the attorney general is supposed to do. they are supposed to be honest and truthful. if somebody asks us questions about our racism, they take it head-on. he's not discussing anti-black racism specifically but both of those things are elements that eric holder was referring to over the weekend. when we talk about the language of taking our country back, you're right, it depends on who says it. it back to an ultra conservative
right. >> if a conservative says that they are racist? >> no. a text without a context is a pretext. i'm talking about self-definitions, self-determination and beauty. when somebody says white power, they are often into the ku klux klan. when people say take our country back, if they are saying taking it back from the crazy liberals, i'm cool with that. but the good old days of the 1800s and 1900s, those days were not good for black people. when they say taking our country back, if they mean taking back the social safety net, all of which have racial -- >> let me ask you this. there's a part of this, though, that has come up that i think we should be talking about. and that is, if a republican candidate says let's take our country back, people say, oh, they are racist. they are going back to racist
t tendencies. nobody bats an eye to it and that's the double standard of -- >> so here's the thing. this is where i say that context is everything. if you say take our country back, you should explain what that means, if you know that it causes tension and that it's become a buzz phrase, right, by take our country back. what is wrong with the attorney general responding to a question about race by saying that some people, not all, he said, and he said, i don't think that's the majority of people but there are some people in this country who oppose the president because of his color. considering the history of this country, it would be disingenuous to think otherwise. >> i think the issue is this. if you want to be a community activist, if you want to run for office, then, by all means, go into that. when you're the attorney general of the united states of america, you're supposed to be above the fray and say, look, my job is to
make sure that everyone, regardless of their color or skin, regardless of their political viewpoints or background has a fair day and fair chance in the united states of america. that's what the attorney general's job is. and when you start coming out and saying, well, if you say that towards, you know -- and you're republican and you're a racist -- >> that's not what he said, ben. that is not what he said. let me ask you a question. let me ask you a question. let me ask you a question. >> sure. >> do you think that there are people out there who oppose president obama just because of his policies? >> absolutely. >> okay. >> and that's happened towards every president. >> so why is it unfathomable to think that some people oppose him just because of his color? that's what he said. any people. >> look, there are people right now watching that don't like me because i'm white and a
conservative. >> that's absolutely true. >> some people out there. there are people out there that don't like me because they say that's a white guy on tv, he's conservative, i don't like him and i don't like barack obama. i don't like barack obama's policies but i don't think that you automatically go to the issue of race. people disagreed with -- >> ben, he was asked about it. >> people disagreed with bill clinton and it wasn't because of his race. it was because they didn't like his policies. the same thing with al gore, hillary clinton -- >> that doesn't make sense. >> nobody said it was right. >> you cannot say, okay, well, you know that element does not apply to them because they are not african-american. but go ahead, mark. >> let me ask you this, don. why didn't people bring it up against hillary clinton when she said it. >> she's not black. >> she said it about a black man. >> this is an absurd conversation. this is a strong man that has
been in the record for the last two days. everybody has conceded to the point that some people don't like him because he's black and including ben just now and yet when he was asked that question it's almost as if you're saying that he lied or said i'm not going to answer the question. we have to accept a world where some people are not liked and barack obama is facing a unique set of circumstances as is eric holder and that's why he's answering the questions differently than other presidents and because he's facing again different circumstances. it's really that simple. >> that's it. love talking to you guys. love you. mean it. thanks. thanks, ben, thanks marc, see you guys next time. >> thanks. a new law could protect people trying to save kids in cars, doing what they can to get into those cars. but is this a good idea? letting them smash car windows. and will other states take that
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their own hands after noticing two small children in a hot jeep. gabriel stepped out of his nearby shop after hearing the sounds of children crying out in desperation. >> kids were in there crying. you can understand. the car is real hot. >> he shot this video with his phone. one guy used a hammer to smash open the windows. >> even then, they could barely get the door open because there was a child lock on it. >> reporter: after several minutes, the kids were freed. the children's mom apparently said she had left them there only temporarily so she could get a haircut. but gabe believes nothing justifies treating children like this. >> even a dog cannot. imagine a person. >> reporter: the children's mother who reportedly convinced the crowd not to call the police and was not charged with the crime. she was not charged because she convinced the crowd not to call the police. so was this an innocent mistake or should this mom have been
arrested? let me bring in cnn's legal analyst and former federal prosecutor sunny hostin. when you said she went in to get a haircut -- you knew the facts of the case but hearing it out loud -- >> i think you draw the legal line in terms of intent when you talk about these hot car cases and we've been talking about them often. when you talk about the decision to leave your child in a hot car to get a haircut, to go on a job interview, to go shopping, that i think then does draw, of course, the legal line into negligence, criminal negligence. >> should police have been called? >> i think so. >> even though she convinced them not to do it? >> i think so. also, i want to mention that it's really incredible that the good samaritans got involved because often times there's a good samaritan law in many jurisdictions but not all of them where if you get involved and something bad happens, let's say the glass cut one of the
children, you can be found criminally liable for your actions. tennessee has these wonderful laws -- >> let me read what the tennessee law does and you can explain it to me. it's called the forceable entry law. >> yes. >> if a person that discovers a child locked in a car has already called 911 and sees no way to free the child, it says that they can do it and not be prosecuted. should this be a federal law? >> you know, i'm always reluctant to say yes about telling every single state what to do but i think there should be more laws like this. people need to act when they see something like this. this will save lives and so i applaud tennessee. i hope that we'll see more states take up this action because, in my view, over 40 kids having died this way last year, 17 already this year tells me that this is an epidemic. we've got to do something about it and tennessee is clearly on
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in the escalating standoff between israel and the militant group hamas, word today that the first israeli has died in the war. look at this. missiles going up from gaza. the destination, israel. the rockets never stopped coming even though israel stopped its fire for six hours. now, no more apparent cease-fire. that is an israeli strike on gaza shortly after the cease-fire failed and i'll show you another bombing now. take a look at this palestinian family. that was shot on sunday. that family is trying to flee northern gaza for the safety of gaza city.
you can see the kids are panicked. i want you to see this now. that is ang israeli a israeli a little too close to comfort. the first israeli to die is described by israel as a volunteer killed near the border of gaza. lots of apprehension, lots of air raid sirens. >> you hear? [ sirens ] >> israel says hamas fired 47 missiles during the cease-fire. the anti-missile system had scored 200 kills, about 700 rockets have hit ground and now the israeli, as we said, have suffered their first death.
wolf blitzer is joining us. do you expect the israelis to stay that they tried to do a cease-fire and now whatever happens next will happen? >> they've already been saying that. they said that at 9:00 a.m. local time when the cease-fire was supposed to go into effect. the israelis said they would accept the proposal and they accepted the air strikes against hamas strikes in gaza. during those six hours, between 9:00 a.m. local time and 3:00 p.m. local time, israelis did not launch any air strikes but 40 or 50 missiles did come in and there's no sign of any slowing down in the military wing of hamas and took responsibility and said that they are going to continue to do so until their demands are met. around 3:00 p.m. local time, the israelis said we tried the cease-fire. that's not working. so they presumed pounding targets in gauze za. at least for now, i don't see
any let-up at all. >> there is a case being made that rocket attacks from gaza go up every time the israelis mount an offense on hamas. are they behind their government here and the prime minister benjamin netanyahu? >> well, israel has got a lot of different opinions and some say they don't think he's going far enough, including his own members of his cabinet. there was an emergency session this morning and the prime minister just fired his deputy minister for some things that he's said. he's totally opposed to what netanyahu is doing. he doesn't think netanyahu is doing. on the left side, there are a bunch of critics of the prime minister saying that he's way too tough.
tey should have lasted longer. the six hours should have been 12 hours or 24 hours before they resumed the shelling, the air strikes against hamas strikes. this is a vibrant debate going on in israel ranging across the whole nature of the country. but i did interview just a little while ago the chief opposition leader, the leader of the labor party, the major opposition in the israeli parliament. he expressed support for netanyahu even though he doesn't think he's being conciliatory enough. as far as hamas is concerned and what he's doing, he said it's the right thing. there's a significant debate right here under way in israel. >> wolf blitzer, stay safe. we're going to talk to cnn's ben wedeman. wolf will be airing his show from there at 2:00 eastern. ben, i'm going to ask you about
hamas. first something we touched on yesterday, you and i. you told us that bombs are dropping pretty much all over gaza and yet the people there can't leave, they are stuck in an area about the size of detroit. why aren't they able to flee to somewhere safer? >> reporter: because the egyptian border is closed, don. nobody can get out because of the restrictions there. either if you're -- only if you're a foreigner or an ee sepgs cegyptian, you can't get out. there's a sea blockade by the israelis and they can't get into israel. i was speaking to a lot of people today. several of them said we live in a big jail. there's nowhere we can go and this might explain why they are doing this now. why hamas is firing these rockets. it's a bit like the prisoners in a prison rioting. they've had enough. and therefore they want a way out.
most people we talked to said we want peace. we want an end to this but we want to break out of our prison. we want freedom. and i'll tell you an interesting story, don, in january 2008, i was here in gaza when hamas blew up a wall between the border. hundreds went to egypt really just to go shopping and to breathe a different air and for the three or four days when that border was open, not a missile was fired into israel. the mosques were empty. people had a lot better things to do than to engage in rocket fire and the feeling is that if you would just let us out, this could all come to an end. but as they say, gaza is a big prison. don? >> thank you very much, ben wedeman. a famous activist is detained today. the front in this fight is oracle arizona where dueling
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my backyard. the town of oracle, arizona, many kids are being sent there for care. protests from both sides erupted. this is a small example of the debate going on across this country. cnn's elena machado has more. >> reporter: the latest hot spot in the undocumented immigrant search, pinal county, arizona. unaccompanied minors headed for the sycamore academy outside of tucson, urging peaceful protest. >> if you're going to send uncompanied juveniles to another state and another jurisdiction, there's legitimate concerns that other members that this community has about public safety and public health. >> reporter: and he's not alone. across the country, state leaders are concerned as shipment of undocumented
immigrants passing into texas are dispersing into arizona, new mexico, and beyond. no illegals here where it's believed that some undocumented children are staying. >> what do we want? >> justice! >> when do we want it? >> now! >> reporter: south of houston, an ordinance was being passed to keep immigrants from being in their city. americans are losing faith. a new abc washington post survey shows only 33% approve of how the president has has delled this crisis while even few americans, 23%, approve of the response by republicans in congress. time is on no one's side. theed in the flood at the border dividing this country more every day. >> all right. it's ana cabrera, not elena
machado. >> no worries, don. >> what is the difference between these housing facilities in different states? >> reporter: well, certainly it has to do a number of undocumented immigrants that have to go somewhere but also jeh johnson has tried to explain that one reason they are setting these up for the undocumented immigrants is in order to keep them in custody, detained as they work through the court system. this is supposed to ensure that some of these immigrants don't come into this country and then simply disappear. don? >> ana cabrera in denver, thank you. tracy morgan speaks for the first time since an accident that killed one of his friends. and a dad who was stuck in a
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meantime, an attorney for the child's mom, leanna harris, is expected to release a statement to the media later today. the harris case has sparked so much outrage in the debate about child safety, it prompted one north carolina dad, terry bartley, to record himself enduring the sweltering heat inside of a car. he posted the video on youtube. here it is. >> yo, i'm in raleigh, north carolina. and as you can pretty much see, there's probably -- it's 86 to 90 degrees outside and i'm sitting in the car with the windows rolled up because i want to know how it feels to be left in a car and sitting in the back seat strapped into a car seat with the windows up and doors probably locked. i want to know how it feels to sit in a car and i will never leave my kids in a car like this, man. ever. i don't even care if the car was
running with the ac running. >> terry bartley, there is he from winston-salem, north carolina. you have three kids. is that why you made this video? >> yes. >> why did you make this video? >> just to spread awareness and the world. >> just for awareness. do you think you helped by doing this? >> oh, yeah. you see a lot of cases now, you still have the parents out there that's leaving their kids in the car but now you're having the bystanders, the people who walk by and keep going, now they are breaking the windows out and getting the kids out. >> uh-huh. i'm sure when you took this on you said, okay, i'm going to do it. did you realize something in that moment when you were inside that car, what it was like being there? >> yes. it was almost like how you turn your oven on, put it on preheat
and you just jump straight in an oven. that's how i was. >> how long did you stay in there? >> probably about 15, 20 minutes. >> and 15, 20 minutes, that was enough because some people -- the kids were in cars for hours. too much for even a grown man. correct? >> yes. >> what's your message to parents, terry? >> wake up. open your eyes. remember who you got with you, just like you remember your phone, your wallet, you've got to remember your kids. the kids are dependent upon you. >> terry bartley, the internet has gone viral. the video has gone viral on the internet. thank you for sharing your story on cnn. hope you help a lot of people. okay? >> okay. thank you. >> thank you. up next, tracy morgan speaking publicly for the first time since the crash that took
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nischelle turner has more now. >> how you doing, tracy? you look good, man? >> reporter: an upbeat tracy morgan flashing a peace sign and a huge smile as he speaks out for the first time since the horrific accident that nearly killed him. the comedian appeared in good spirits, moving gingerly and leaning on a walker as he got into a car from his new jersey home. morgan rolled down the passenger-side window thanking everyone for the out pouring of support. >> how you doing, tracy? you look great. >> thank you. >> you look great, man. >> i'm okay. i'm okay. >> thank you so much. >> i feel strong. i love you. >> if you've learned anything from me, it's how to do a bad job. >> reporter: the "30 rock" star now recovering at home after his limousine van was hit by a
speeding walmart tractor-trailer. he spent two weeks in critical condition before moving to a rehab for three weeks. he suffered several cracked ribs, a broken nose, and a severely broken leg. morgan is now suing walmart, contending the retail giant is responsible and kevin, the driver, hadn't slept in excess of more than 24 hours and killed his friend jimmy mcnair. he is charged for operating a vehicle recklessly. he's pleaded not guilty. walmart has called the crash a terrible tragedy. they say they are cooperating with the investigation and are, quote, committed to doing the right thing for all involved.
now for the next hour of "cnn newsroom." let's go. hello, everyone. i'm don lemon in for brooke today. the immigration crisis now envelopes a different phase. jose antonio vargas grew up in the u.s. after coming here from the philippines at age 12. this video from a local newspaper shows him moments before border patrol detained him today. it happened at the airport in mcallen, texas, on the texas/mexico border. this video shows vargas in handcuffs. he was there to show solidarity with the surge of people, many of them children, traveling alone, entering the u.s.