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what he's looking at is that 4,000 migrants apprehended in one day recently. we're on track this month for close to 100,000. we have never seen a surge like this. mike: ellison barber's live near mar-a-lago where the president's been spending the weekend. hi, ellison. >> reporter: yeah. the president is still threatening to shut down the u.s./mexico border, and the administration is moving ahead with plans to cut aid to three countries in central america. administration officials are defending those controversial moves today. they claim there is a crisis at the southern board, and president trump is running out of options. >> the democrats will not give us any additional money to do this, they won't give us additional people, and importantly, they will not change the law that is acting as this giant magnet for people from south and central america to come into this country. faced with those limitations, the president will do everything he can. if closing the ports of industry mean that, that's exactly what he intends to do. >> reporter: president trump says that mexico needs to do
more, congress needs to do more, and central american countries need to do more. on friday president trump told reporters he was stopping payment $500 million worth, to the so-called northern triangle, el salvador, guatemala and honduras. a spokesperson told fox news at secretary of state mike pompeo's instruction the, the department is carrying out the president's direct and ending payments from 2017 and 2018 foreign assistance programs. as part of the process, the spokesperson says they are engaging congress can. critics say cutting aid will only make conditions in the northern triangle worse, exasperating the problems that migrants are currently fleeing from. >> this is the classic case of let's talk about what may happen or what we are looking for versus what's right in front of us. >> three countries are dissembling before our eyes, and people are desperately coming to the united states. the president's cutting off aid to these countries will not solve that problem. >> the conditions are already
awful. we have back to back homeland security secretaries, president obama's and president trump's, saying that we have a crisis. we are over the melting point. >> reporter: president trump told reporters on friday closing the southern border could mean closing it to all trade. the u.s. chamber of commerce says that would be an economic debacle. mike? mike: ellison barber leading us off, many thanks. arthel: meanwhile, border prom officials say the -- patrol officials say the surge is stretching their facilities to capacity, and they are no longer able to handle the thousands of people flooding the area. claudia cowan is live in el paso, texas, one of the border towns right in the middle of this growing crisis. hi. >> reporter: hi, arthel. we are at one of six border crossing bridges that connect el paso to mexico, and so far it's been a pretty quiet sunday. but the head of border patrol says a full 40% of his officers are so busy taking care of these
families seeking asylum in the u.s. that they can no longer perform their border security dutys. in addition to that, another 750 workers have been diverted from their jobs at ports and other interior checkpoints. parts of texas, like el paso and the rio grande valley, are seeing incredible increases in the number of migrant families crossing the border. border patrol says it has no choice but to release some migrants directly into the community. cbp says five facilities are at more than 100% capacity. the top two, the rio grande valley facility, is at 174% capacity with more than 5,000 people in custody. el paso is at 283% capacity with more than 3,000 in custody. the mayor of el paso says something's gotta give. >> it's ramped up because i think they're doing some tremendous marketing down there, and the coyotes and whatever are, you know, putting together
bus fare and, i means bus trips and everything else. but until congress acts on immigration reform, the root causes in washington, the by-products of that are here on the border. >> reporter: word from the white house is a renewed effort to quadruple the number of asylum seekers sent back over the border each day. could be a challenge. the program started january 29th and has been slow to get going. right now about 60 of those seeking asylum are returned at the san ysidro and el paso ports of entry every day. they're supposed to come back to the u.s. for a court date, but due to a growing backlog, that can take years. an administration official tells the associated press the goal is to have as many as 300 people each day by the tend of next week. and in the meantime, there's word that another caravan of illegal immigrants has left el salvador headed for the u.s. we understand there are about 90 people in this caravan as of this point including many women
and children. arthel? arthel: claudia cowan, thank you very much. mike? mike: attorney general william barr saying he plans to publicly release the mueller report by mid april if not sooner in order to make necessary redactions, but house democrats are sticking by their tuesday deadline. senator lindsay graham telling maria bartiromo why he, too, is eager for the report to be made public. >> this has been two years, $25 million. i want to protect grand jury testimony, protect classified information, but i want the public to see the underlying document. this has been a a cloud over president trump for two years. that cloud has been removed, and i want people to see why barr conclude ared what he did and why mueller what he concluded what he did. mike: molly henneberg has the latest from washington. hi, molly. so it sounds rather unlikely the attorney general's going to be able to make that tuesday deadline, is that right? >> reporter: right. he said he would have it in a
couple of weeks with redactions, but democratic adam schiff says redactions are, quote, unacceptable and that the attorney general, william barr, produced a, quote, biased summary of the report last week. republicans do not believe that. >> to all these people who believe that somehow the summary given by attorney general barr is inaccurate, that's ridiculous. do you think bill barr would risk his entire life's reputation by putting out a summary of a 400-page report that didn't get it right? if the conclusions are there was no collusion, no obstruction, and we'll see the whole report redacted for classified information and grand jury testimony. >> reporter: there are still talks going on between house democrats and the justice department. congressman schiff says the april 2nd -- that's the tuesday -- deadline for the full report still stands. mike? mike: of course, republicans want chairman schiff out, democrats are defending him today. what's the very latest, molly?
>> reporter: the nine republicans on the house intelligence committee have called for schiff to resign as chairman saying he's abused his position to, but democrats say wait for the report. >> until the full report is out, people should reserve judgment on what adam schiff knows or doesn't know, because adam schiff -- as chairman of that committee --ed had access to lots of information that the public does not yet have. >> reporter: kellyanne conway says schiff is, quote, completely compromised in leading the house intelligence committee after the mueller report showed no collusion. but congressman himes says schiff, quote, never said the president is guilty. mike? mike: molly henneberg live in washington, thanks a lot. arthel: new developments in the sexual assault allegations against virginia's lieutenant governor, justin fairfax. he denies those claims and now has taken a polygraph test, and the results are in. jeff paul is in our west coast
newsroom with more. hey, jeff. >> reporter: arthel, fairfax's office just released a statement saying polygraph examinations show the lieutenant governor was truthful when denying if he ever engaged in nonconsensual sexual activity with vanessa tyson or meredith watson. it goes on to say, quote: the polygraph examinations also demonstrated lieutenant governor fairfax was telling the truth when he denied specific allegations made by dr. tyson and ms. watson. the statement from fairfax's office comes as interviews from both women are set to air over the next two days. tyson says fairfax sexually assaulted her in 2004. watson says fairfax raped her while they were students at duke university. cbs released a portion of tyson's interview where she says she'd be willing to testify under oath before the virginia general assembly. >> in my ideal world, i'd want him to resign. like, there's a million reasons not to come forward.
it's tough. i'm not gonna lie. and particularly for survivors, i think this is incredibly important. they need to be heard. we need to be seen. right? and we need to be treated as the human beings that we are. >> reporter: both women came forward earlier this year shortly after there were calls for virginia governor ralph northam to resign over a racist photo. fairfax has denied the allegations and also called for a full investigation. here he is speaking on the virginia senate floor last month. >> if we go backwards and we rush to judgment and we allow for political lynchings without any due process, i want to stand in this moment in the truth. >> reporter: while the statement from fairfax's office says the polygraphs show his denials are truthful, it's important to note that polygraphs are not admissible in
any virginia courts. arthel? arthel: jeff paul, thank you very much for the update. mike? mike: a south carolina man charged in the kidnapping and murder of a college student. the tragic ride-sharing mistake police now say the victim made. plus, is shutting down the border the right move do curb illegal crossings? our next guest says she's seen firsthand the situation there is very much a real emergency. >> i went down to the border. we have a crisis. we need, we need more barriers with operational control, we need more people, and we need more technology. the democrats don't want to give any money for border security, that's wrong. mug. ♪
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happens to another family. >> we've been to mexico together, down the shore together, we just love hanging out -- we're best friends. and my son's taking it very hard. mike: police say the suspect had set the locks on his car so they could only be opened from the outside. arthel: president trump doubling down on his threat to shut down the southern border if mexico does not step up efforts to slow the flood of illegal immigrants. the president also blaming democrats for u.s. immigration laws calling them the, quote, weakest in the world. white house counselor kellyanne conway on that today on "fox news sunday." >> congress can fix this, chriss, in an hour. they can give us a fix for the flores agreement that a court said there is only so much we can do, we have 20 days and then we have to release unaccompanied minors into the interior. congress can fix the problem of immigration they failed to fix, and this president is looking at the metrics.
secretary nielsen saying we're in a meltdown, we're at the breaking point. arthel: let's bring in elena, ax cose reporter at the -- axios reporter at the white house. would it be closed to everyone? and does the administration, are they clear on how they would go about executing the closure? >> right. so a trump administration official had told axios that, essentially, the president is very serious about this, and he's not, you know, just making an empty threat here by saying he wants to close the southern border. he's talked about this a lot behind closed doors and has been very serious about wanting to get this done. however, a lot of other trump the administration officials privately think this is a terrible idea, and they also think that the implications and the impracticalities of really closing the border, what that could do, of course, one example would be citizens who come and go across the border. so a lot of people privately
don't think this will actually happen as serious as the president is, they do think that the timeline that he's threatened -- as early as this week, a closure as early as this week -- isn't also that practical as well. so i think this is something that we do have to wait and see what ends up happening. arthel: well, how serious is president trump to cutting aid to guatemala, honduras and el salvador, and how much aid is he suggesting, and what's the result that the president's hoping for? >> so the aid is about, these are still estimates, but reports is are saying hundreds of millions of dollars to aid to these countries. and as several officials have remarked on before, even secretary of state mike pompeo as early as this week when he was on the hill in hearings on wednesday, this is an aid program that really it's meant to help people try to help this problem of immigrants coming to the country before they even get here. and so a lot of people are a bit curious about why the president is working with a program or
trying to mess with a program that is supposed to help stop the flood of immigrants coming to our border. but he is very serious about this, and we've already seen that. the state department has said they're going to comply with his request. arthel: this president, there he is -- there's a live shot there in palm beach, florida, the president just got on air force one. he's going to be heading back to d.c. to face all of this, these very topics that we're talking about right now, alayna. as we continue looking at that shot there, you know, meanwhile you've got some democratic lawmakers who the president will also have to face. they're objecting to an announcement by the pentagon last month, or last monday i should say, announcing the authorization to transfer up to a billion dollars to the army corps of engineers to build additional barriers or a wall, 57 miles of pedestrian fencing, road construction and lighting along parts of the border there in texas and arizona. now, in the form of a letter to
homeland security secretary kirsten nielsen and acting defense secretary patrick shanahan, here's reaction from one of ten senators including patrick leahy of vermont. the top democrat on the appropriations committee. in part saying, quote: we have serious concerns that the department has allowed political interference and pet projects to come ahead of many near-term, critical readiness issues facing our military. so, you know, alayna, according to your reporting, how much cooperation will there be between the president and congress? >> well, this is obviously a really controversial issue. we had the longest shutdown in history in january over issues like this, and i think that he's going to be facing -- we've already seen a lot of pushback from democratic senators and, of course, they have the majority in the house, so there's really not a lot that the president can get done unless it's manager like we saw how he ended the initial shutdown with executive order and trying to make these decisions through educationtive action. so i think that he will be
facing a lot of criticism from both democratic senators and congressmen on the and this isn't an issue that's going away. definitely there's a ton of people within the white house, a team working on trying to get some sort of comprehensive immigration reform done, and the wall is something that the president had promised. and so it is something that, i think politically with an eye on 2020, the white house recognizes does play well with his base, so it's going to continue to be a fight like this. again, there's going to be that gridlock with a congress that is being controlled by democrats in the house. arthel: and then getting back to closing the border or potentially doing that and cutting off aid to honduras, el salvador, you know, the northern triangle states or countries, i should say, and nicaragua, how will mexico pay for this? both politically and economically? >> how they'll pay for trying to stop immigrants from -- arthel: all of the above. the president says it's up to them, they should stop -- they're saying, president trump
says mexico's letting a flood of illegal immigrants pass right through mexico and come straight to the border here. >> right. this is something he's also criticized. i think the president, he looks at these migrant caravans making their way through these countries and, of course, through mexico to reach our southern border, and it's infuriating to him, and it's something that, again, this has been at the forefront of his campaign in 2016, and it will be again in 2020. but a lot of the criticism from others and officials who are involved in these processes are saying there's only so much these countries can do. they're trying to help keep citizens in their country, and these aid programs -- exactly what the president is cutting off to these northern triangle countries -- are ways to try to keep them from wanting to leave, and that's what that aid is for. but the mexico, there's only going to be so much that they can do and, of course, the president says mexico will pay for this, but he said that about the wall as well and we've obviously seen that hasn't happened. i think this is something we have to see the details be
worked out a bit more. arthel: okay. we'll see you again, alayna. >> thank you, arthel. mike: new reaction from former vice president joe biden to allegations he acted inappropriately with a woman in 2014. how he is responding. and the american convicted of supporting the taliban in the early days of the war in afghanistan set to be released from prison early. we'll speak with the producer who was on the battlefield with correspondent jonathan serrie when taliban johnny was captured next. >> even after last night's heavy bombardment, there are still some 30 heavily-armed prisoners holed up in the fortress. ♪ being a usaa member, because of my service in the military, you pass that on to my kids. something that makes me happy. being able to pass down usaa to my girls means a lot to both of us. he's passing part of his heritage of being in the military. we're the edsons. my name is roger zapata.
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assemblywoman who was rubbing for lieutenant above at -- running for lieutenant governor at the time accused him of smelling her hair and kissing the back of her head at a campaign event. >> i fully recognize that this behavior, never do i claim that this was, that rises to the level of a sexual assault or anything of that nature. what i am saying is that it's completely inappropriate, that it does not belong in any kind of a professional setting, much less in politics, and that is something that we should consider when we are talking about the background of a person who is considering running for president. mike: garrett tenney has the latest. >> reporter: for the second time this weekend, former vice president joe biden is denying allegations of inappropriate conduct. in a statement today biden said: in my many years on the campaign trail and public life, i've had countless handshakes, hugs, education presentations of support and comfort, and not once, never, did i believe i acted inappropriately. if it is suggested i did so, i
will listen respectfully, but it was never my intention. on friday former nevada assemblywoman lucy flores went forward with her story claiming biden placed his hands on her shoulders, leaned inner smelled her hair and planted a slow kiss on the back of her head. today flores said while biden's behavior doesn't rise to the level of sexual assault, it was completely inappropriate and, for her, his latest statement misses the mark. >> my point was never about his intentions and they shouldn't be about his intentions. it should be about the women on the receiving end of that behavior. and this isn't the first time, and it wasn't the only incident where he was acting inappropriately with women. >> reporter: as for biden's potential competition, nearly every other democratic candidate has weighed in saying they believe lucy flores, and several are also suggesting biden will have to answer for this incident as well as many others if he decides to enter the race.
as for biden's potential competition, nearly every other democratic candidate has weighed in on the allegation saying they believe lucy flores, and several are also suggesting that biden will have to answer for this allegation as well as many others if he decides to enter the race. mike? mike: garrett tenney, thank you. arthel: well, tensions rising on the gaza strip. it has been a weekend of deadly clashes there. israel reopening two crossings today amid ongoing ceasefire talks but hours later saying a rocket from the gaza strip was launched in its direction. jonathan hunt is in our jerusalem bureau with the latest. jonathan? >> reporter: and, arthel, the warning sirens sounded once again in israeli communities close to gazapotential incoming. but ultimately, that rocket crashed inside gaza, therefore, doing no physical or symbolic harm as israel and the hamas leadership continue to work
toward a ceasefire agreement. that work continuing today despite the deaths of four palestinians yesterday as a result of israeli sniper fire. funerals held in gaza today for the four young palestinian men. their deaths came after israeli forces had lined up along the border fence to counter a huge demonstration by palestinians marking the one-year anniversary of weekly protests against the israeli blockade of gaza. an estimated 40,000 turned out, but by the standards of these protests, the crowds were far less violent than in some previous weeks. and by those same standards, four deaths considered by both hamas and israel to be a low and acceptable number. so with both sides stepping back from the brink of a wider conflict, egyptian mediators are now continuing their work to find a longer-term agreement, although israeli prime minister
benjamin netanyahu today welcoming brazil's president acknowledged the ongoing tension. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: i ordered israeli forces to stay in full deployment around the gaza strip. this includes tanks, artillery, ground troops and air force. we are ready for any scenario and, if needed, even for a broader operation. >> reporter: but in a tangible sign of progress, israel today reopened two gaza border crossings. a small jess you are -- gesture, perhaps, but at least a step forward. arthel? arthel: jonathan, thank you very much. >> about 600 taliban prisoners have been taken to the fortress, some of them apparently concealing grenades that escaped their captors' notice until it was too late. >> killed the guards with the hand grenades, blew up themselves and killed the guards around them, and then the others came in and apparently took the
weapons and started shooting at whoever was near. >> reporter: from the fortress, u.s. fighter jets were called in. several rockets struck the taliban. the dead and end injured are expected to be in the hundreds on both sides. mike: that was our colleague, jonathan serrie, covering the battle in afghanistan back in 2001. it was the battle in which a 20-year-old american was captured with the enemy. the californian, john walker lynn, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for supporting the taliban, but this may -- just over 16 years after his trial and conviction -- taliban johnny is set to be released early. joining me now, the former fox news producer who was with jonathan serrie on the day lynn was captured, jonathan wachtel. he's -- how are you, sir? >> good to see you, mike. mike: so this was a huge story at the time. a young american, california kid captured on the battlefield. take us back to that time. >> it was right in the heat of,
you know, just after 9/11. we've got our forces over in afghanistan, special forces trying to take out the taliban, trying to eradicate al-qaeda on the ground. there's this huge battle in northern afghanistan, quite a battle going on in which some captives, taliban andal-qaeda as mixed in, are taken into this big, sprawling fortress. imagine something like the alamo but bigger. being held by northern alliance troops, and they're being interrogated by michael span, a cia official and another american colleague, and all of a sudden chaos break withs out in which grenades are thrown because the fighters, the prisoners got hold of weapons, and they started to take over this compound. they killed the americans, then went on to fight with the northern alliance and then our special forces troops began
bombarding this complex trying to stop this uprising and contain the problem. mike: memories are still so vivid. can you believe he's getting out of prison? >> it's amazing. it's amazing how recent that, those events feel, you know, mike? i've got to tell you it feels like maybe five years ago or something like that. the fact that he's getting out is, of course, alarming, and getting out early is even more alarming given the stakes of what happened this, the death of an american. what side he was on in this conflict, supporting the taliban, this is finish as you said -- a kid from california, northern california, suddenly he decides to become a muslim. okay, that's great, but then to decide to become a radical islamist, to actually move overseas to study in madrassas in pakistan and then make your way into afghanistan, end up at one of usama bin laden's camps
in afghanistan, listening to him preach, understanding where you are and what's happening and still going through with moving to actually support becoming a soldier and move to support -- or militant, let's say, not a soldier, terrorist, to support the taliban. it's quite an extraordinary the story and quite scary because this fella's been in jail, is getting out early -- mike: right. >> -- and his mindset has apparently not changed. mike: so what do we do with these guys, jonathan? with sex to p fenders you have a registry. does there need to be a rebelling city for these guys -- registry for these guys who were known collaborators? >> it's very similar to what we're seeing with the isis fighters who are being held now after the collapse of their so-called caliphate in syria, you know? we can't just let these people back into society and say, hey, that's it, you know? have at it. welcome, you know, we're a liberal society, go have fun. because some of them, we know
from guantanamo and other stories, are still radicalized, they still go and join these radical jihadi movements and are on the battlefield fighting for isis or plotting terrorist attacks. not all of them, but enough. mike, it takes one terrorist to create absolute horror for us. mike: policy wise, since you're also a policy guy, so the afghan war is still going. there are talks with the taliban. your vision of the situation in afghanistan all these years later. >> it's tragic to see where we are, that we've been in this long war that, you know, there's been a lot of good that's come in terms of trying to educate the population there, trying to create a scenario in which actually women can get educated. i mean, under the taliban they couldn't to it. what was this john walker lynn doing supporting a movement like that? that's crazy when you look at it and think about it. but, yeah, it's still this very
complicated, very, you know, mike, you go over there, i don't know if you've been over there -- you could have, actually, it's not like going into a western place. mike: right. >> it's lawless areas, education's sparse, limited ability to understand anything other than what, you know, for lack of a better word is kind of a throwback in former times, some even say like the middle agings. mike: right. >> so it's a tragic thing, but we need to contain it and make sure it doesn't come back and bite us because it did before, that's why we were attacked. mike: thank you, my friend. arthel? arthel: a major forest fire burning in southern new jersey sending smoke billowing as far north as new york city. an update on containment coming up next. and next month marks 20 years since the deadly columbine high school shooting. the school's principal at the time will join us on the lessons learned since then. customize my insurance.e the
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♪ ♪ mike: smoke from a massive new jersey forest fire darkening the skies over a large area of the east coast. look at this video from the ocean county sheriff's department. the fire burning just east of philadelphia, and the smoke can be seen from atlantic city all the way to here in new york city. the fire spreading to more than 10,000 acres and shutting down nearby roads. local reports say crews now have it 75% contained. arthel: next month will mark 20 years since the massacre at columbine high school in littleton, colorado. on april 20th, 1999, two students killed 12 classmates and one teacher and wounded 24 hours before turning the guns on themselves. frank deangeles was the principal of columbine high school that day. he retired five years ago. he has written a memoir about his time at the school and the many takeaways from the two
decades since that horrific day. the book is titled "they call me mr. d.." joining me to talk about it is frank deapingless. so honored to have you here, sir. >> thank you. it's an honor to be with you today. arthel: thank you. who is this book for? naturally, how it will resonate will vary from person to person, but what's the overall takeaway or message? >> i think it's a message of hope. i also -- we had a theme back when the columbine tragedy happened almost 20 years ago a time to remember and a time for hope. we'll always remember the 13 who so tragically their lives and the 24 who were injured, but everyone who was impacted by it. and, unfortunately, these shootings continue to happen. you know, last year we saw parkland and great mills and santa fe, but what columbine
represents 20 years later was it was a tough road, but we were able to overcome many of these obstacles, and i think it provides hope for those who to go through traumatic times in their life. arthel: how does that make you feel when these just don't seem to be stopping? >> it takes me back to that horrific day. and it was about a week or so after the columbine tragedy that i said i just joined a club in which no one wants to be a member, and unfortunately, that club continues to grow. but the thing that i refused to let happen is ever be hopeless and helpless. and i know we continue to hear about the shootings that have occurred, but how many have been stopped because of things we have in place and lessons that we learned from that horrific event at columbine high school on april 20th of 1999. arthel: you know, and, again, to write this book you did have to relive horrific moments. you had to experience that unimaginable pain all over again. why did you feel so compelled to
produce this book? >> after columbine, or during the time i was working at columbine, our superintendent, dr. cindy stevenson, would receive phone calls from sandy hook, from virginia tech, asking if i could go to their communities to offer support in the aftermath of their horrific events that occurred, and i was allowed to do that. but once i retired, people started reaching out and said, frank, could you come and share our story with us. so it gave me an opportunity. and each time i would go do a presentation, someone would say, frank, you have a book, you know, tell us exactly what you went through because they hear a brief happening of what occurred during my presentations. and so i was contacted many, many years ago to write a book, but it wasn't something i wanted to do while i was trying to rebuild that community during my principalship. so it was after that that the i approached a friend of mine and asked if he'd still be
interested in helping me write the book, and he said yes. we put it out there, and it was a story that i think appeals to educators, but it also talks about my faith, it talks about recovery, it talks about, you know, school resource officers, all the things we're doing differently. i think it's a good book for parents, so it reaches out to a very diverse pop laughs, and that's eye -- population, and that's why i think it could have an impact. arthel: and yours has become a voice of optimism and inspiration. you just mentioned faith. is that where you find your own strength? >> some -- i find my strength in my faith, and i truly believe in faith, family and friends. and just to share a story with you about that horrific day, it was a couple of days after and, you know, i'm a cradle catholic, and after i witnessed the gunman coming after me, coming after some young ladies, we were very fortunate to be saved on that day. but i was questioning my faith originally. it was a couple of days later
that the priests from the parish where i had been a member over 20 years said, frank, you've got to live by frank and not by sight. he said god spared you on that day, now you need to go and rebuild that community. he said it's going to be a tough journey, but you don't have to walk that journey alone. he said so many times in our life difficulties are really blessings in disguise. is during those tough times god is going to be there to pick you up, and that was so important. and then something else that i stressed the importance of in the book, and we see what is happening in these other communities with people that are struggling mentally. i was so fortunate that i got into counseling within 24 hours of the horrific event. so as a result of my faith, the counseling and just having my family and friends, it gave me the support system i needed to help rebuild that community. arthel: you know, we all know, those of us who do have strong faiths and we know that god will guide us, man, i tell you what, there are times -- and i can't
even imagine days you must have had when you said, i don't know, god, did you ever feel like you couldn't go on? >> no. each day i wake up, and when i was working at columbine, one of the things i would do is i would get up each morning and pray and just reflect with god for about the first hour. and then i would go out and work out at the gym to make sure i was taking care of myself spiritual, physically. then my counselor was taking care of me mentally, and there were days i had to believe. i just felt god's got a plan. i know people many times will say, you know, i prayed to god, but he's not answering my prayer. my response is, well, he may have a better answer for us. you've got to believe during the good times and the bad. and it continued to help me. i can remember many nights that i could not sleep driving over to the adoration chapel at st. francis and just sitting in silent prayer just asking god for the answers. and it worked for me, and it's always been a major part of my life and continues to be. arthel: yeah.
his a answers are always better than our own. the book is called "they call me mr. de." frank, thank you so much. thank you very much, sir. >> thank you so much. mike: a new report says deaths among pedestrians are at a 30-year high. if you think people looking at their phones is to blame, that's only part of the problem. details next. not just airline purchases? everything. hey, how'd you get in here? cross-checking. nice. what's in your wallet... oh, c'mon!
mike: pedestrian deaths are at a 30-year high according to a new report from the governors' highway safety association. as you might guess, it finds those pesky cell phones contribute to the surge, but that's not the only cause. jacqui heinrich is live in new york with more. >> reporter: hi, mike. a number of variables were blamed, but two factors were deemed most responsible. a higher number of larger vehicles on the road and more distracted driving. according to the governors' highway association, more than 6200 pedestrians were killed in 2018. the highest number in three decades. in just the last ten years, there was a 35% increase. more than a thursday happened on local streets rather than highways, showing a need for better road crossings. >> the fear is that unless we make some big changes now, we're going to continue to see more and more pedestrians die every year. so this needs to be a national
priority. >> reporter: data showed the number of suvs involved in pedestrian deaths increased by 50% since 2013. since that year sales of trucks outpaced cars, and more heavy vehicles means crashes that pedestrians are less likely to survive. distracted driving also increased. today walkers and drivers use 4,000% more cell phone data than they did back this 2008. half of the depths occurred in just five states, but in new york city officials are pointing to the success of the vision zero program which aims to reduce fatalities. despite 490 miles of road and 3700 intersections in manhattan alone, 2018 was the safest year on record. police give special attention to danger zones and at-risk groups. >> while they comprise only 13% of the population, people 60 and over comprise close to 58% of the fatality. so that is the target group we continue to work at. >> reporter: police departments across the country are urging drivers to take extra
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