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administration ended the program to protect d.r.e.a.m.ers president trump now says he may revisit the issue. what is next for congress? and hurricane irma churning through the caribbean. u.s. territory set to get hammered by one of the strongest storms ever. what the threat to the mainland u.s. this weekend? we'll let you know. good morning and welcome to early start. >> it's 4:00 a.m. in san juan
puerto rico where they are worried about this storm. we'll get to that momentarily but less than ten hours after attorney general jeff sessions announced the termination of the program that protects unyoung documented immigrants from deportation, some 800,000 by estimates president trump says he was leaving the door open to reconsidering this decision. the president just before 9:00 eastern time last night, he says congress now has six months to legalize daca. something the obama administration was unable to do. if they can't i will revisit the issue. >> it was created by executive order and is vulnerable to legal challenges. listen to what president had to say. >> we're talking about a great love and people think in terms of children but they're really young adults.
i have a love for these people and hopefully now congress will be able to help them and do it properly. >> okay. and despite that comment, white house talking points on tuesday urged d.r.e.a.m.ers to prepare for quote, departure from the united states. those talking points obtained by cnn were sent by the white house to offices on capitol hill. >> virtually all democrats in congress and several republicans as well lining up against this decision. house speaker paul ryan says it is my hope that the house and senate with the president's leadership label to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution that includes ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country. >> and then this from john mccain. i strongly believe that children who were illegally brought into this country through no fault of their own should not be forced to return to a country they do not know.
the president's decision triggering lots of protests all across the country. in los angeles, chicago, washington, d.c., new york and denver, that's just no name a few. >> also president obama for the first time saying publicly part, whatever concerns or complaints americans may have about immigration in general we shouldn't threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own. kicking them out won't lower the unemployment rate or lighten anyone's taxes or raise anybody's wages. ultimately this is about basic dee sen s d dee sent si. >> and some calling on the president and congress to keep daca protections in place. more than 400 ceos, business owners and entrepreneurs cofounded by facebook ceo mike
zuckerberg, he's joined by general motors' ceo and others and the letter basically says that d.r.e.a.m.ers are part of american communities and are key to keeping america globally competitive. in his own statement apple ceo tim cook put it bluntly. i am deeply dismayed that 800,000 americans including 250 of our apple coworkers may soon find themselves cast out of the only country they've ever called home. the president's two business councils also fell apart after executives began resigning over his recent comments on charlottesville. and hurricane irma is coming with a fury seldom seen before. the second most powerful hurricane ever in the atlantic. it's now churning through the caribbean with its eye on the u.s.
right now irma, a category 5 hurricane packing 185-mile-per-hour winds. it is still too early to tell if the monster storm will make landfall in the u.s. on the mainland, but florida could be in harm's way this weekend. president trump already declaring emergencies for florida, puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands to help with storm preparations. we will have the full hurricane forecast in just a moment. and the most immediate concern is for people in the north eastern caribbean. hurricane irma hitting the island of barbuda overnight. a 36 hour curfew has been issued for the entire territory of the u.s. virgin islands. the catastrophic storm threatening those islands and others including puerto rico and that's where george howell is this morning. good morning to you. what are you seeing there? >> reporter: dave, the caribbean here, these caribbean islands will be the first to feel the effects of irma.
you mentioned the situation in barbuda, that island feeling the eye of this storm as it passes by and as you also mentioned the u.s. virgin islands, 36 hour curfew. we also heard that the prime minister of the bahamas issuing the largest evacuation to ever take place all set to take place by plane set to happen throughout the course of the day. a lot of preparations happening throughout this region. also here in san juan, in puerto rico we understand the governor has declared a state of emergency, has activated the national guard. has also ordered a voluntary evacuation to the east of the island. officials urging people to get to higher ground. so the winds are starting to pick up here. it is ominous. you're not going to see my hair whipping around with that, so the best i can show you is the palm trees back there. you can get a sense of what's happening and you see the surf line in the distance. it's dark but the winds are
picking up. the water getting much more choppy. again, this storm moving ever so closer to puerto rico, so many people here understand this island has seen big storms before. they've never seen anything like this. so it depends upon the course of this storm if it continues to track just to the north of this island, but again, these things can wobble and shift so it is right now a matter of wait and see. >> tseveral south florida counties are operating in emergency mode hoping for the best but preparing for the worst when and if hurricane irma hits. the mayor of miami-dade county signing an emergency declaration. they're going to begin evacuating special needs residents today. all county offices along with schools will be closed on thursday and friday. officials expected to issue miami beach evacuation order
later today or early thursday. dozens of shelters will be able to accommodate as many as 33,000 people. broward schools will also be closed thursday and friday. monroe county, home to key west, a mandatory evacuation of visitors, tourists and nonresidents takes effect in just a few hours at 7:00 a.m. eastern time. the evacuation of residents begins at 7:00 p.m. tonight. >> florida governor rick scott ordering the deployment of 7,000 national guard members. 1,000 high water vehicles and 700 generators. the governor suspending tolls across the state. that will allow people to move more safely to evacwauate. >> meantime, florida residents stocking up storm supplies. aisles at some storms have been left bare by this mad rush. lines of people wrapped around the costco stopping up on fuel,
water and materials to protect their homes. the nfl's opening weekend also impacted. the do dolphins won't open the season at home. they may move it to a neutral site or playing it at a different date. perhaps during week 11 during both team's byes. we're tracking the storm. what are you seeing right now? >> one of the most menacing storms i've seen here on satellite imagery. hard to take your eyes off the storm. coming ashore now among the strongest tropical systems we've ever observed on earth. this particular region home to about 100,000 people and when you think about this region we're talking about an ir ya made up of sandy beaches, almost
flatt flatter rain for the entire island. the winds went to calm, the observation point, the gauge stopped operating as a result and of course that is just part of the communication we're losing with some of these islands as this storm moves ashore. but 7 to 11 foot storm surge. up to 20 feet for some of the storm surge on the turks and caicos. as flat as a pancake, this would cause significant devastation across these regions. when you get to a category 5 type storm we know any land mass that interacts with such a storm, most of this area is uninhabitable for a period of weeks or months. communication is typically lost for that same time period. the track, i want to follow for you taking it through the next couple of days. look what happens as it approaches cuba. pretty good forecast guidance on where this will end up friday night into saturday. beyond that is where it really
begins to get tricky and i want to emphasize that a lot of people fall in love with the center portion of the track. it can could a southern track or a northern track as well. continue to break this down with the models. the confidence is high here as it approaches cuba by early this weekend. beyond that when the right turn occurs pretty significant shift. some of them wanting to take it out to the west. no model remaining thatn't whats to bring it into the gulf of mexico, but just about every other one wants to bring it into the south eastern coast of florida. notice the blue being the european model, the red indicating the american model almost directly on top of one another as it approaches cuba, so confidence high that that would occur early this weekend but notice once again slight timing variations.
the storm at this point appears to skirt the eastern side of florida so potentially a landfall near eastern areas of florida if this forecast verifies or taking it up to the east of florida and into the carolinas. we've seen changes going from the western side of florida and this is expected as we approach the next couple of days. >> it can be either the east coast, the west coast of florida and that can make all the difference for those who live in miami or those in fort myers. thank you very much. the white house is set to vote today on the first round of disaster funding for hurricane harvey. now the white house is now trying to ease concerns about pairing it with a debt ceiling increase. not if you want your phone to work. let me guess, can't livestream your lobster roll. and my mobile pay isn't connecting and i just got an unlimited plan. right plan, wrong network. you see, verizon has america's largest, most reliable 4g lte network and now unlimited plans start at $40 per line, you know what i'm saying? oh, this is your seat.
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administration will spend the day trying to turn growing gop opposition pairing the two. mr. trump will give the plan a full throated endorsement and that the plan will include no spending cuts. that move will likely anger some conservatives who wanted spending cuts as part of a package to raise the debt ceiling. the president's decision to end protections for d.r.e.a.m.ers is sure to come up this morning when president trump meets with house speaker paul ryan. mitch mcconnell along with house minority leader nancy pelosi and chuck schumer comes hours before the president heads to north dakota for a speech on tax reform and north dakota senator will join him on this flight. she's one of several red state democrats the white house wants on the president's side in tax reform efforts. a new england sports team caught cheating and it's not the patriots. the red sox admitting they used electronic devices to steal
signs from the new york yankees and other teams. according to the new york times major league baseball opened an investigation after the manager submitted video evidence of this. >> now it reportedly showed a member of the red sox training staff looking at his apple watch in the dugout and relaying a message to players. the red sox have filed a claim saying they also stole signs. the yang key manager denies it but the baseball commissioner has not decided on possible disciplinary action. >> this is age old part of baseball, stealing signs. it's using the old apple watch when i didn't know had a practical use. >> that's not very sportsman like. come on. >> it is an ongoing issue but they'll certainly get some punishment. >> the presidents of south korea and russia agree the north korea
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in just a few hours president trump is expected to speak by phone with china's president. it will be the first known contact between these two leaders since the missile launch last week and its nuclear test over the weekend. after that test the president referred to north korea as an embarrassment to china and threatened to shut down trade between the two nations. overnight the president met with
putin in russia both offering a sobering assessment of the crisis on the korean peninsula. we are at that economic forum where president putin and moon are meeting. what is russia's role in all of this? >> reporter: you know, this meeting here on the eastern coast of russia is really not very far from the north korean border at all. i think what's been very important is the north koreans really want russia on board when -- the south koreans want russia on board when they deal with this north korea crisis. they say it's important for them to see eye to eye with russia but there are clear points where there are difficulties between these two countries. they believe that stronger angsts are angs sanctions are in order. the russians are saying look, we
condemn north korea and their nuclear tests that they recently conducted but at the same time they believe that only talks and diplomacy can move all of this forward and try to find a way out of this impasse. vladimir putin said he doesn't believe this conflict can be solved at all without any sort of dialog. that's a key point where the u.s. and russia don't see eye to eye at all. we heard nikki haley only yesterday say look, the mere thought of a sort of negotiation with the north koreans is something she considers an insult. the russians are saying these sides need to get talking. other wise, they fear it could what putin called a global catastrophe. >> and fascinating remarks from putin on trump. quote, he's not my bride. interesting remarks yesterday as well. thanks. also developing overnight an ominous warning from japan directed at north korea. prime minister abe telling the
kim regime it has quote, no bright future if it continues on its current path. and now there are growing cries within south korea to develop a new clear deterrent to the north korean threat. we're live in seoul with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. and yeah, there is talk here about what south korea can do to counter this north korean threat internally here at home. and the one thing that they've talked about the opposition party, the main opposition party, the lk party is that they would ask the united states to deploy nuclear weapons on the south korean territory. now, the defense minister says that he's willing to look at that idea although the president has said he still committed to denuclearization of the korean peninsula but have the united states weapons would have some
hurdles. you would have to have specialized troops here to monitor those nuclear weapons and also to protect them from any sorts of espionage. this is something that's been talked about for years for them to develop their own nuclear weapon, but still over 50% of koreans are interested in this option although south korea is a -- has signed the nonproliferation treaty, they are talking that if north korea does have a nuclear option maybe it's time for south korea to do that as well. that option would need the united states approval as well and support, something that it likely wouldn't get. >> not so far fempfetched to haw cle nuclear weapons in south korea. i'm sure this will be an ongoing discussion point. thanks so much.
>> straight ahead, the president wants to end protections for d.r.e.a.m.ers or does he? the late night tweet that could undercut his administration's announcement just hours earlier. >> and we are tracking hurricane irma, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. it's already wreaking havoc on u.s. territories. how much of a threat does it pose to florida this weekend? you won't see these folks they have businesses to run. they have passions to pursue. how do they avoid trips to the post office? stamps.com mail letters, ship packages, all the services of the post office right on your computer. get a 4 week trial, plus $100 in extras including postage and a digital scale. go to stamps.com/tv and never go to the post office again.
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>> it's 4:32 in puerto rico where they're preparing for ir ma -- irma. jeff sessions announced the termination of daca, president trump announced he was leaving the door open to reconsidering the decision. take a look at this tweet from the president just before 9:00 eastern time last night, quote, congress now has six months to legalize daca, something the obama administration was unable to do. if they can't, i will revisit this issue. >> the administration claims it's dismantling the obama era program that protects 800,000 d.r.e.a.m.ers because it was set up by executive order and has legal challenges. listen to what the president has to say. >> i have a great heart for these people, a great love for them. people think in terms of
children, but they're really young adults. i have a love for these people and hopefully now congress will be able to help them and do it properly. >> despite that comment, white house talking points on tuesday urged d.r.e.a.m.ers to prepare for a quote, departure from the united states. those talking points obtained by cnn were sent by the white house to offices on capitol hill. >> if you have whiplash we understand. this story is baffling. virtually all the democrats in congress and some republicans as well lining up against the decision. house speaker paul ryan says it is my hope that the house and senate with the president's leadership will be able to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution. that ensures those that have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country. >> and then this from john mccain saying i strongly believe that children who were illegally brought into this country through no fault of their own should not be forced to return to a country they do not know. the president's decision to end
protections for d.r.e.a.m.ers triggering protests all over the u.s. in los angeles, chicago, washington, d.c. and new york and denver, that's just to name a few. and president obama for the first time with public remarks against president trump quote, whatever concerns or complaints americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn't threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own. kicking them out won't raise anybody's wages. this is about basic decency. this is about whether we are a people who kick people out of america or whether we treat them the way we'd want our own kids to be treated. >> and the decision to end daca also had some serious economic consequences. experts say repealing it would worsen the shortage of workers in the united states. a survey of d.r.e.a.m.ers by the immigration law center finds that 75% are imployed and their
average wage is $17 an hour. their median age is 22 years old. so what that means is most are primed for careers, for jobs and incomes for the foreseeable future. the unemployment rate is super low at 4.4%. so this means people are finding work especially at lower incomes. the biggest problem in the labor market is a lack of skilled workers. right now there are a record 6.2 million job openings in the u.s. that number will likely increase if d.r.e.a.m.ers are taken out of the labor market. the problem is employers can't find workers with the right skills and it spans multiple industries like trucking, farming and tourism. so clearly so many of these daca recipients are really the fabric of our economy and they are productive members of our society. >> jeff sessions pointed out that he thinks in his remarks this takes jobs away from americans that would otherwise take those jobs. the research shows otherwise. now to hurricane irma, the
strongest atlantic hurricane in a decade churning toward the u.s. right now irma a category 5 hurricane packing 185-mile-per-hour winds. still too early to tell if the monster storm will make landfall on the u.s. mainland, but florida could be in harm's way this weekend. president trump declaring emergencies for florida, puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands to help with storm preparations. we'll have the full hurricane forecast for you in a moment. the most immediate concern is for people in the north eastern caribbean. irma hitting barbuda this morning. a curfew issued for the entire territory of the virgin islands. they are under hurricane warnings including other islands of puerto rico. that's where we find george howell. are you finding that people are evacuating? often what happens with so many of these places, people become very complacent.
>> reporter: good to be with you. so we understand the bahamas, the prime minister of that nation has ordered the largest evacuation in the history of the country, so you get a sense of what's happening here throughout the region. those evacuations to take place by plane throughout the day. here in puerto rico the eastern side of the island, there's been a voluntary evacuation. people have been urged to seek higher ground, safe shelter as this storm closes in. still dark out here right now. you can't really see the horizon, but i can and i can tell you, the winds are picking up, the water much more choppy. there is certainly a beast of a storm that is lurking closer to us here. we understand that the storm may -- we may be on the southern side of it. our meteorologists can tell us more about that but we will feel the impacts here. throughout the day in puerto rico, you've seen people taking preparations. they've been boarding up their windows and doors.
they've been going to stores to get water and supplies to ride this storm out. this is not something that's been seen on this island. a category 5 storm passing through. people are taking the precautions, the warnings seriously. they are doing what they can to prepare for it. >> an ominous storm. we will be watching and please stay safe. several south florida counties operating in emergency mode hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. when and if hurricane irma hits. the mayor of miami-dade county signed an emergency declaration. they'll start evacuating special needs residents today. all county offices and schools will be closed on thursday and friday. officials also expected to issue evacuation orders for miami beach early today or early thursday. broward county is setting up dozens of shelters to accommodate as many as 33,000 people. broward schools will be closed
thursday and friday and in monroe county, home to key west, a mandatory evacuation of visitors, tourists and nonresidents takes effect in just a few hours at 7:00 a.m. eastern. the evacuation of residents begins at 7:00 tonight. florida governor rick scott ordering the deployment of 7,000 national guard members, 1,000 high water vehicles and more than 700 generators on stand by. the governor suspending tolls across the state allowing more people to more easily and safely evacuate. more than 5,000 people based at naval air station key west have received mandatory evacuation orders. meantime, florida residents are stocking up on storm supplies. aisles at some stores have been left bare by the mad rush. lines of people wrapping around the costco, stocking up on fuel, water and materials to protect their homes. the nfl's opening weekend also
impacted. the dolphins won't open at home sunday as scheduled. the league exploring other options for their game against tampa bay indeluding movicludino a neutral site or playing at a later date. >> and where is hurricane irma right now and what's in store. >> >> it's going downhill in places like st. martin, and other areas. this storm as impressive as i've ever seen on satellite imagery. it goes right over barbuda and they're like a top on a table. if there's any sort of imperfection you'll notice the top begin to wobble a little bit. we're seeing a little bit of symmetry lost in that storm over barbuda. the wind speeds will not be diminished by much. 185-mile-per-hour, the limit on how strong storms can get. there there's oceanic and atmospheric
conditions that can keep them to the top of the wind conditions. as we approach later on this evening, around 8:00, 9:00 p.m. tonight and then beyond thursday into parts of the dominican republic, direct impact possible around the turks and caicos. but the storm system itself so significantly large here that some of these islands will be swallowed by the eye of the storm as it crosses over the land masses. this is going to be a devastating storm across some of these regions. this is signified as k catastrophic by the national hurricane center. every 21 miles an hour or so is when categories switch up to the next. 157 being required for a 5 sitting at 185 and you can
strengthen as well over the next few hours because the environmental conditions are as such. the big question as we approach friday into saturday. this storm looks likely it will approach around eastern cuba. the model guidance has been very confident in that. but notice as you approach this time period into this weekend, there's variations. the models do want to shift the track a little farther back to the east. that would potentially if this verifies with the heaviest concentration being on the coast, that would take some of the major cities of eastern florida out of direct impact because the strongest winds would be on the right side of this storm system, but then if you're tuned in across parts of georgia into the carolinas and charleston, that is where the threat could be far, far higher but again at this point, four days out from that point we are looking at significant variations but now favoring the eastern side of florida as more of a likely scenario. >> well, here's hoping for or hard right turn. thank you, sir. appreciate the forecast. the house is set to vote
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m menendez will begin today in a new york courtroom. both men facing bribery charges. both have pled not guilty. the trial is expected to last six to seven weeks. >> if the democratic senator is convicted he is not likely to resign because his successor would be appointed by republican governor chris christie. they could expel menendez but that would require a two thirds vote and no senator has been expelled in the last 255 years. >> all right. a new england sports team caught cheating and it's not the patriots. the red sox admitting they used electronic devices to steal signs from the new york yankees and other teams. this happening over the past few weeks. according to the "new york times," major league baseball opened an investigation after
video evidence was submitted of this. >> looking at his apple watch and relaying messages to players. now the yankees using a camera from their network also to steal signs. the manager has denied it and there's not been a decision on possible disciplinary action. >> cheating is not call. >> everyone in baseball tries to some extent to steal signs from a catcher. usually when there's a runner on second base, the red sox had a lot of success with a runner on second base. the red cox, kudos, they found a use for the apple watch. a lot of us have been trying to do that for years now. investors are growing a little uneasy as they look around the u.s. and the global economy. that caused the big stock to begin the week. is the fear here to stay?
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in just a few hours president trump expected to talk by phone with china's president xi. >> overnight the president of south korea met with vladimir putin at an economic forum in russia. both offered a sobering assessment of the crisis on the korean peninsula. let's go live to russia. in the past, russia has certainly taken north korea's side or tried to defend north korea. this time around, what seems to
be russia's role? >> reporter: well, it's fairly similar to that and i am actually here in the far east of russia which is really only 100 miles away from the border with north korea. that shows just how important this conflict is to the russians as well. it was interesting to see this meeting with the president and the president of south korea. t vladimir putin today after the meeting with the south korean president says he believes this crisis can't be solved at all if there isn't dialog. the south korean president he took a fairly similar line. he lauded the russians for taking this through the u.n. security council but the russians need to keep one thing in mind. the bottom line has to be north korea is not allowed to have any sort of nukes. the south koreans i wouldn't say
walking a fine line but they want all the countries here and the u.s. very much to be on their side. so this meeting very important for south korea trying to see they see eye to eye with the russians but at the same time the u.s. is a very important ally for them and that's certainly something they won't want to jeopardize. >> thanks so much. an ominous warning from japan directed at north korea. prime minister shinzo abe telling kim regime it has no bright future if it continues on its current path and now there are growing cries within south korea to develop a nuclear deterrent to the north korea threat. what's the latest there? >> reporter: yeah, there's really two scenarios. the first is the south koreans asking the united states to bring their own nuclear weapons and put them on the korean
peninsula. the defense minister said he's willing to consider that option although the president has said that he's still committed to a denuclearized korean peninsula. a poll showed that over 50% of south koreans thought creating their own weapons could be a good idea although it's a signatory to the nonproliferation treaty. it would likely need the united states approval. obviously the first option would definitely need the u.s. to agree. the second one, the u.s. would have to support it, which is unlikely to happen although early this morning in a phone call with japan and south korea, the united states reaffirmed its support for the two countries saying that they both lie under the u.s. nuclear umbrella and that the united states is willing to use whatever options are necessary to protect those countries. >> all right. live for us in seoul, south
korea. thank you. let's get a check on moneystream this morning. stock futures basically flat right now following a big loss tuesday caused in part by concerns about north korea. markets in europe and asia are mostly lower. so investors returned with a lot on their minds and the markets sank. the nasdaq lost 1%. and the s&p 500, that also fell. so what is it? what is it that investors are worried about? the focus has been on tax reform and corporate profits but now there's a shift of geo political concerns and worries in washington. that's what's creeping into the market. that includes the north korea nuclear threat. president trump's tough talk with china on trade, that's a concern. the looming debt ceiling drama and a possible government shutdown if no federal government is passed and a potential disruption by hurricane irma on top of the damage by hurricane harvey. and then there's this.
since 1950 september is historically the worst month for the stock market. it's the only month with a significant negative average. investors traditionally refocus after summer and that can cause some anxiety. the president continues to push for tax reform, something investors have been cheering since the election. this meeting of the minds taking place at the white house yesterday. president trump was joined by vice president mike pence, steve mnuchin, economic advisor gary cone as well as house speaker paul ryan and mitch mcconnell. trump is slated to meet with a group of lawmakers today and then president trump is going to fly off to north dakota today to continue his push for tax reform. and the administration is saying they want a bipartisan tax reform proposal but so far talks have only been in republican circles. >> they've got a lot on their plate. a major update on hurricane irma when "early start" continues right now.