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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.
illegally. his friend undocumented herself, is pleading for vargas' release. vargas' friend tonya chavez is joining me now. how are you doing? >> my heart is broken because i'm an undocumented immigrant at myself and facing deportation at this moment. >> let's talk about jose first and then your case. what happened to jose vargas? were you there and was it clear why officers were handcuffing him? >> no. we didn't know. we got a phone call about 8:30 that jose had been arrested and at that point in time we started to mobilize our community to be able to come and show appreciation for him because the reason why he came to mcallen, texas, to the rio grand valley, was to show support for undocumented immigrants coming
in from central america to save their lives. i think it's fair that we return the favor to him. he didn't know that he was coming to an area that is highly militarized. he did not know there was airport border patrol at the airport security. >> he's very researched. he's a filmmaker. it's hard for many to believe that he did not know the risks of going to mcallen, texas, and going to the border. many are wondering if this was done on purpose. what do you say to that? >> no. this was not done on purpose. i can attest that he truly came here to shoi his appreciation for this community. he grew up in an area that is
not and if he came, he followed his heart to be able to show support. he came to this country as an accompanied minor. like this kids is coming and faces deportation because we have a broken immigration system. >> let's talk about your case. you talked about being caged. you said in the rio grand valley what does that mean? >> the rio grand valley, we're surrounded by the international bridges at the south or checkpoints at the north. we also have the gulf of mexico and more checkpoints. so we can get out of this zone. we are trapped here. i've lived here for 14 years of my life and like many undocumented immigrants in the
area, we can't get beyond the checkpoint. >> so what you're saying is -- you can leave but then you can't come back. is that what you're saying? or you could leave but then you'd be depained? >> we can attempt to leave the rio grand valley. we will be detained. there's no way for us to go to san antonio, even though we are in the united states, we cannot go anywhere above the 100-mile radius of the border with the rio grand. >> you have two advanced degrees and you can't do anything with them. people will say, if you have those two advanced degrees and you can go to your home country, the country where you were born -- i know you were brought here as a child -- and you can help them out there, use those degrees, why is that not an option for you? >> am i going to take the education that the united states paid for?
because i don't own anything to the united states. the united states paid for my entire education. are they going to kick me back to mexico to help other people? i left mexico when i was 14. this has become my home. my friends, my family is here. yes, i have families in mexico. yes, my parents are in mexico. i can provide for them. they come in a country where the economic level is way below that of the united states and me, i can't afford sending the money because i don't earn enough with the two master's degrees that i have. and so how come -- why would the united states kick me out? do they really want me to go share my wealth of knowledge that they have given me to another country? is that what they want? >> the question is not why the united states would kick you out. the question is, again, why wouldn't you go to mexico with the knowledge that you have of
the united states and the education that you have gotten in the united states to help make the situation better in mexico if you feel that you are trapped here and caged and can't go anywhere. >> because this is my home. this is my home. and if i'm going to do anything, i'm going to do something for my people who have become my family in the rio grand valley. i want president obama to be able to provided a minute straight t administrative relief to the hundreds that live in the rio grand area and it's a shame we can't get above the 100-mile radius. that's why i don't leave. because this is my home. >> what do you say to the people that -- >> i am an american. >> we have seen protests there for people on both sides saying we must help these people, we have seen protests from people saying, you know what, we can't afford them.
they must go back? what do you say to those people who say, listen, we can't afford this this country to have thousands and thousands of people, even if their children are pouring in, it's a drain and a strain to the economy. how do you respond to that? >> i think that if we can afford money to go have a war in another side of the country -- another side of the world, if we're having war in another side of the world, then we can afford being able to have these children here because they are fleeing for their lives. they are fleeing for their lives. so i think this nation should welcome them with open arms. they should welcome the rest of the undocumented families who live along the rio grand valley and those who live in other border communities. >> tania chavez, thank you for telling your story. custom and border protection are not commenting on this specific
case yet. another protest sprouting up over the undocumented immigrants is near a rant in arizona. this is to how some undocumented children arrived without their parents. some demonstrators are supporting them. others are saying that the undocumented are unwelcome. >> i'm protesting the invasion of the united states, both people from foreign countries. this is about the sovereignty of our nation. >> and you're an oracle resident? >> yes. >> reporter: what about the kids on the bus? do you think you're going to be frightening them at all? >> i don't think so. after being through mexico, i don't think anything is going to frighten them. >> as protesters face off in the streets, get ready for more confrontations on capitol hill. congress has just 12 working days to ease the immigration crisis and there's a bipartisan bill that may have a better chance of passing the nearly $4 billion president obama has proposed by republican senator john cornyn and democratic
congressman henry cuellar. allowing them to waive a hearing and authorize 40 new um graimmin charges. dana bash is joining me. when you hear her story and jose jar gas' story, what are the chances of something being passed in time? >> probably the best shot at getting through congress, however, is the bill that is very likely just one piece of the puzzle. what you're hearing, big picture, if there's any chance
at congress, speaker of the house taking up any kind of financial aid, money, it's got to be done hand in hand with policy changes and the most prominent and most popular policy change is the one you just described to change that 2008 law so that things are the same for illegal immigrants from central america and other countries as well. however, that might not just be the only policy change. there are other issues that house republicans are talking about. likely going to see something at the end of this week or next week that will probably address all of those things, whether or not the house-passed bill will get through the senate, that's another question but you're definitely getting the sense, don, that there's more momentum to do something rather than nothing. on "the lead" with jake
tapper, former vice president dick cheney sits down with jake tapper following this broadcast. next, the results of a six-month cnn investigation involves sex predators who worked at theme parks arrested for their predatory behavior after hours away from work. ♪ ♪ start a team. join a team. walk to end alzheimer's. visit alz.org/walk today.
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it's an investigation involving child sex predators and some of the most famous theme parks. you're going to want to see what we found during the investigation. we're talking about a pattern of theme parks, employees arrested in sex stings. >> people you would least expect are married with children. others have been working with children for years. this man even admits to having sex with an underaged teen before getting caught. all of them, employees at florida's walt disney world,
known as the happiest place on earth. all of them arrested. a cnn investigation found since 2006, at least 35 disney employees had been arrested for sex crimes against children trying to get t have sex with minors or for possession of pornography. and it's not just disney. two from sea world. so far, 32 have been convicted. eight have pled not guilty. and two have not entered a plea. to be clear, none of these despite the most stringent rules, minors are still being targeted. >> do you think it was wrong to come here to meet a 14-year-old?
>> this is 40-year-old alan who police say advertised him online as big teddy bear for a younger chaser. he was previously working at the toy story ride. this is rreaster getting arrested after he thought he was meeting a 14-year-old boy, hoping to fulfill a fantasy. treaster was actually communicating with an uncover detective. he has pled not guilty. however, listen to what he tells detectives during his investigation. he actually confesses to having sex with a teenaged boy just 3 1/2 weeks before this polk county sting. >> you still went there to have sex with him knowing that he was
15 years old? >> yes. >> was that another fantasy? i mean, that was, again, a younger age. >> he admits that he drove to georgia to have sex with a 15-year-old boy that he had online. >> my life is ruined, my family's life is ruined. >> this man was a maintenance supervisor at disney's magic kingdom monitoring and fixing rides like teacups, winnie the pooh and it's a small world. he says he loved his job, especially the children. >> to see the look on the children's faces, when they get to see prince charming, that was the best part, just seeing kids glow and seeing their here roes >> that all ended in february when kingsolver pulled into this driveway, not knowing that he
was walking into a sting operation. within seconds he is caught and arrested for trying to seduce and lure a 14-year-old child to have sex. take a look at the graphic text messages between kingsolver and the undercover detective who was posing as an underage girl. he says he's a cuddling and snuggling kind of guy who enjoys giving oral sex. >> you were talking to an undercover law enforcement officer. you were not talking to a 14-year-old girl. the bottom line is, the conversations that you had maybe with the girl later on was sexual in nature later on, was it not? >> yes, it was. >> even though he admits to the police that he wrote the messages, he says he was just trying to protect the girl. he says his family is standing by him. >> they love me.
my kids know me and they know how much i care for kids. they know how much i love them, all four of my kids. and they know that their dad is not somebody that would go out and hurt a young child. they know their daddy is somebody that would go out and protect a young child at any cost. >> and the arrests are continuing. four disney employees were caught in sting operations in just the last five weeks. >> when we come back, we're going to hear from our investigative correspondent kyra phillips and what disney had to say about this and what we found about arrests of employees at florida parks. what needs to happen so theme
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back now with more on our investigation. we have been telling you about a series of employees at florida's walt disney world arrested for sex offenses. while none of the cases involve children or teens visiting the park, kyra phillips reports that the problem is beyond disney prompting one congressman to call for changes. he wants theme parks to be able to polygraph employees who work around children.
>> reporter: our investigation reveals year after year, walt disney world employees are getting arrested for child porn and in sex stings set up by florida police agencies. and it's not just maintenance workers like robert kingsolver. it's security guards, a performer, a costume maker, even a pastor. this is 50-year-old sedrick, a former custodial manager at disney's port orleans resort and also a pastor. police say he was downloading pornography and soliciting a child for sex online while on the clock at disney. and at the same time, writing a sermon for his church. cuthbert pled no contest and was sentenced to six years in prison. >> we go after these predators with a vengeance. >> reporter: grady judd is known nationally for his aggressive
approach to child sex predators. >> i've talked to a number of these men and they say it's entrapment. i was totally set up. >> what else are they going to say? are they going to get on national news and say i'm a per, vert, i'm a child predator, i seek sex with little boys? no, they are not going to tell you that. when they tell you that, look them in the eye and say, you're a liar. what you really are is a pervert, a sexual pervert, and a child predator. >> reporter: this is 32-year-old patrick, a disney street performer and v.i.p. tour guide in training. he's seen here in photo after photo posted on his a facebook page. he tried to run from police when they say he showed up to have sex with a 13-year-old boy. it was a sting. he had engaged in graphic sexual
chat, even sending a picture of himself with mickey mouse and a got more explicit from there. holgerson has pleaded not guilty. he, too, told police he was just looking out for the child. >> i was going to see if he was really doing this and i felt it was wrong and i was going to actually call it in once i left here. >> disney declined our on-camera interview but in a statement said, "we have extensive measures in place, including preemployment and ongoing criminal background checks and computer monitoring and firewalls. disney represents one
one-hundredth of 1% of the 300,000 people we have employed during this time period." so what does the co-founder say about those that cater to children? >> this is a real threat. >> reporter: ernie says for everyone sexual predator that gets caught, there are thousands of them we don't know are out there trolling for children. >> most of those with records are the dumb ones, the ones that have gotten caught. those that prey upon children don't have criminal records. >> is there more that disney could do? >> i think there's more that disney can do. there's more that everybody can do. it's hard to imagine a company that's tried harder to address this issue than disney. >> reporter: disney's competitors, universal and sea world, face the same challenges. this is 23-year-old matthew cody
meyers. universal studios fired him after he was arrested in polk county's most recent sting. police say he showed up to have sex with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl. >> so when the sex was instigated by you -- >> yeah. >> -- what did you say to instigate the sex act? >> i was like, would you want to? >> want to what? >> have sex. >> take a deep breath. >> i'm trying. >> meyers told police he wouldn't have really gone through with it and he has pled not guilty. universal told us that we have zero tolerance for this kind of activity. we deal with situations such as this immediately and permanently. like disney and sea world, the company also said, all our team members undergo thorough background checks as part of the hiring process. sea world said, "the safety of our team members and employees
is our top priority," adding that it has policies and procedures in place and we take appropriate action as needed. >> what we're doing with disney and everyone else is we're putting shackles on them and then wondering why they can't win the race. >> reporter: the sheriff says that businesses that cater to children need to go one step further and use polygraph tests. >> anyone that works around children, whether it's in church, in the nursery, or whether it's at disney or any other of our theme parks or whether it's in schools, we should be able to give a polygraph examination to them. >> reporter: reality is, congress, citing privacy and civil liberty's issues, has made it illegal to polygraph employees. >> it's a one tool. >> reporter: a former attorney for disney world in the late 1980s wants to change that.
>> they are doing all they can with what we have empowered them to do. >> the sexual predators are still getting hired. >> which is why we need to be vigilant as a policy maker to prevent the next one from occurring. >> reporter: after learning about our story, congressman ross introduced legislation that would give companies that serve children the option to polygraph employees. something disney told us it would consider. what's the ultimate result here? >> that we save the next person that's out there. we owe it to ourselves. we owe it to our children. we owe it to our future to make sure we do everything we can to make sure that the next victim never happens. >> that's correspondent kyra phillips is here. she's behind the investigation that brought this situation to light. the question is, you know, are these parks safe? >> and that's a great question. look, disney, universal, sea world all insist they are, right? and all the parks take immediate action when this happens.
none of those individuals are still working at the park. and we pointed out that there were no teenagers or children visiting the parks that were assaulted. but clearly, more can be done. that's where congressman ross comes in. look, we need to give them more tools and as a policy maker he says, that's what i can do. the sheriff made it very clear, too, the predators go where the children are so the congressman, in particular, wants to provide that extra tool so these places have an option, another option to try and prevent these guys from getting hired. >> i think parents know this is not just a problem at theme parks. >> oh, absolutely not. and congressman dennis ross pointed that out as well. he said this is a calling to law enforcement officers across the country. if you did aggressive sex stings like sheriff judd, can you imagine how many predators would you catch across the country? they mentioned schools, theme parks, churches.
the congressman's opinion is that could make a big difference in there were more states getting more aggressive with these types of sex stings. >> good to have you here in new york with us. thank you. tonight, the congressman who wants to make a change after seeing that report lays out his plan. his name is dennis ross. he's live tonight on "ac 360," 8:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. thanks again, kyra phillips. next, hamas fails to follow the cease-fire with israel. israel says hamas will regret that decision. what could possibly end this conflict? wolf blitzer is in jerusalem. we're going to ask him live. that's next. plus, what are the weirdest things that people have tried to sneak past security and tsa has an instagram page and we will show you some of the most unique items confiscated.
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israel held its fire for about six hours now. no more israeli cease-fire. that is an israeli strike on gaza shortly after the cease-fire failed. i want you to watch this. goodness. well, that's another israeli air strike just a little too close for comfort. the death toll in gaza now nearing 200. meantime, today across israel, lots of air raid sirens. >> you hear -- you're hearing -- [ sirens ] >> israel says hamas fired 47 missiles during the failed cease-fire. as of yesterday, the israelis say their anti-missile system as
scored 200 kills. about 750 incoming rockets have hit ground and now the israelis, as we said, have suffered their first death. wolf blitzer with us now from jerusalem. wolf, does the failure of the cease-fire make it a lot more likely that there will be ground offensives which will likely result in many more deaths? >> i suspect the israelis will engage in some ground activity. there was a commando raid the other day, spent about 30 minutes on the ground, went after specific targets and then left. four israeli soldiers were left in that operation. i wouldn't be surprised if there were a full-scale israeli ground invasion with all of the tanks, all of the armored personnel carrier, something designed to reoccupy, if you will, all of gaza. there are almost 2 million palestinians and i don't think there's any part on the israelis to do so, certainly not the
government, prime minister netanyahu. there may be significant pressure to launch limited ground strikes and i wouldn't be surprised to see that. the ante has been raised. >> wolf blitzer in jerusalem. do you have any idea what hamas is thinking? they have lost 200 people. could hamas think that it is winning something? >> they obviously think this is serving their goals. they have other demands that were not included in that initial egyptian cease-fire demand. the egyptians said reopening the border crossing, easing the restrictions off the coast of the mediterranean, getting some prisoners freed, if you will, the egyptians said, you can come to cairo with a high level of israeli delegation can come to cairo. in the meantime, stop the israeli air strikes and stop the hamas rocket attacks on israel. the israelis were clearly
willing to do so. they did so for six hours. hamas was not. clearly hamas thinks they are putting pressure on the international community to come up with some more concessions and maybe that's why they are doing it. maybe they think in the long run this will benefit them. >> wolf blitzer in jerusalem, thank you very much. he's going to anchor "the situation room" at 5:00 eastern right here on cnn. up next, a message to all travelers. don't try to take any of these items on your next flight. the tsa has an instagram page showing off some of the most unusual items they have confiscated and we'll show you more of them. that's next.
they are sharing what they are finding. here it is. i'm talking mortars. that's right. snakes. and rocket launchers. joining me now, alison kosik sorting through all of this. alison, what the hell? >> this instagram page is one of the most entertaining i've seib in a long time because it's a hilarious array of pictures showing what passengers packed in their luggage. these passengers actually thought they can board the plane with this stuff. let's go to the luggage with marijuana. 81 pounds. all i have to say is duh. they barely threw some clothing in there. maybe they were high but who actually thinks they can get away with this. i don't know. another one of my favorites -- i know. i can't believe it. let's go to the knife shaped as the gun. what's really interesting about this, first of all, again, do you really think you can get on
the plane with this thing? i like the jesse james' face on it. and the caption of the page says, all knives, including knives that look like guns, aren't allowed in carry-on bags. you would think that the tsa doesn't have to remind you about this. yes, this is more common than i ever thought, that people actually try to board airplanes with fireworks. you see the fireworks. and what else? improvised explosive devices. that is a good one, too. they really try to get anything through. >> it's not laughable. the pot one, that's just -- okay. >> the good thing is, the tsa agents actually caught this stuff. that's important to say. >> and it's sad that they are trying to do this. once they get through security, there's a proposal for a new type of seat. it reminds me of a bicycle seat. here are the sketches. are they serious?
>> it looks like a torture chamber. it's like you get off a horse, not off the plane. how uncomfortable is that? airbus patented that design. it's kind of like a bicycle seat but it doesn't have the creatures of comfort. there's no back rest, no tray table, no headrest and very little legroom. so why in the world with a passenger plane be designed this way? it's all about money. >> they want to get more people in. >> it's probably not going to happen but they want to sort of get their claws on this idea just in case this comes to pass one day. >> i could see that on short commuter flights, like 45 minutes or so. >> exactly, yes. >> but not on long. thank you, alison. appreciate it. world war ii relics found after 72 years. they were found at the bottom of the ocean because of a unique mission. we'll show you the wreckage, next. [male vo] inside this bag is 150 years
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with all hands lost in 1942 after the crew torpedoed the robert e. lee. both sit 1500 meters down. expeditions logistics is specialist christine denison joins me now. >> it's good to see you too. >> listen, they discovered what, in 2001 but the teams have finally been able to do what, to get a closer look? how do they get down to find all of this? they're working with the hercules abar goes. they're capable of going down to depths of 13,000, 16,000 feet. so they really have an opportunity to get up close and see what's going on at that depth. and this is in my opinion what will bob ballard heading up the expedition does best. he can bring an audience to the site and share it, which i think is a great thing for everybody. >> it's fascinating look at the pictures and begs the question what makes ship wreck soez popular. a popular deep sea habitat. because it's beautiful like this
to look at? >> it is. it gives you an idea there is a lot of life down there and a lot of garbage on the seafloor. there's a lot off marine floor. >> obviously they take it on and make it their own. it's amazing >> they do. there's also the tremendous challenge of trying to reach these depths and being able to bring to light -- we have the technology. the problem is that a lot of this technology is funded privately. so that is not really shared with the public. what this expedition is allowing is for people to see in realtime and livetime what's going on down there, what this looks like. when there's loss of life, it's a graveyard. that's also as bittersweet as that is to define that, i know i worked on discovery vr-12 with 42 men on it. it's a very solemn place. it's dark and eerie and yet, what we're seeing is that it isn't such a terribly dark and dank place. it's alive.
>> what makes a decision to either raise them or leave them there? >> according to the navy, that is their final resting place. when you have submariners lost at sea, that is the tradition they're there to remain there. their final resting place. it should be undisturbed. what we're doing in this case and most cases you can get cameras very close to the site lovering over it, getting images, giving them back up to the control center and sharing them with us, and as you see, there is something very eerie but beautiful about them, as well. >> it is very beautiful. to see the life. >> there's a lot of. >> a lot of sea life down there. >> there's corals. there's a lot of marine life that i'm sure because they're working live, you might see a large. >> i could look at it all day. thank you. what a pleasure to have you here. we've all had the customer service phone call that leaves us shaking our heads in disbelief. now one of those calls has con viral and once you hear it,
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no one, trust me, looks forward to a phone call with customer service deing with long waits on hold, annoying music. ryan bloc who was just trying to cancel his comcast service had to deal with a very persistent comcast representative. the call took so long that he recorded part of it. posted online and it went viral
just a sample now. >> the way you can help me right now. >> by doing all this. >> the way you can help me is by disconsisting our service. >> how is that helping you though? >> that's what i want. >> okay. so why is that what you want? >> because that's what i want. >> okay. so i mean, there has to be some sort of reason behind it. we just want to find out what it is that's causing a customer that's been with us for a long time to leave. >> because that's what we want. >> because that's -- comcast issued this statement in response. it says we are very embarrassed by the way our employee spoke with mr. bloc. and ms. belmont and our contacting -- and miss belmont and are contacting them to personally apologize. it is unacceptable and not consistent with how we train our customer service representatives. we are investigating this
situation and will take quick action. let's hope it's quicker than that particular phone call. don't forget to watch cnn tonight 10:00 p.m. eastern. i'll be covering the latest on the top news of the day. but now that's it for me. thanks for joining us. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. regrets. sinatra may have had a few. our guest former vice president dick cheney not too much. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." >> you said we would be greeted as liberators. it's crazy. laugh out loud territory. >> the fact that dick cheney has the gal to offer advice to anyone on iraq is laughable. >> there are those in the media who argue nobody blew the call in iraq worse than dick cheney, the former veep will join us in moments amid the hail of criticism. don't expect any apologies. world lead. that was fast. the stab at