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for all of us here, we appreciate your time. tonight, the flash point on th you will see the new video from inside the largest detention facility in the u.s. where children are being separated from their parents. part of the trump administration's zero tolerance policy. children kept in cages. and you will hear the audio tonight, the moment they're pulled from their parents. the president now doubling down, saying the u.s., quote, will not become a migrant camp. but tonight, every living former first lady now weighing in, and what they're now saying. also tonight, the deadly storms and the system sweeping across the northeast right now. the state of emergency just declared in michigan. the images coming in tonight, the deadly earthquake overseas. the powerful 5.5 quake. a schoolgirl among the victims. the evacuations, and now the missing. the video tonight. the woman who says her husband's tesla suddenly burst into
flames, saying it caught fire out of the blue. what the company is now saying tonight. just in, the roller coaster, the riders trapped and dangling. and this all comes after a woman fell 34 feet from a roller coaster in florida. tonight, you will hear from her right here. and duchess meghan, after her solo tour with the queen, tonight, it's her father now talking about the queen, about prince harry and about president trump. good evening. and it's great to start another week with you. and we begin tonight with the battle playing out on the american border over illegal immigration. what to do about it, and how to do it humanely. the children now seen in cages who can be heard crying as they're pulled away from their parents. tonight, the images now seen across this country and the world. the president doubling down on his zero tolerance policy. children whose parents have crossed the border illegally are
being separated from them. and tonight, right here, the children in those cages. our correspondent asking the white house just moments ago, have you seen those images? the white house saying no, we haven't, but we treat the children well. and you're about to see the newly obtained audio, you'll hear it, or the children in those moments. abc's marcus moore taking us inside the largest immigration processing center on the border. he's in texas tonight. >> reporter: tonight, for the first time, the country is getting a look inside the u.s.'s largest immigration processing center. it's in texas, and these new images have now become a flash point over the trump administration's zero tolerance policy, calling for parents and their children to be separated if the parents have crossed the border illegally. the border patrol taking us inside where 1,100 men, women and children are being held, detained in these cages. some of the youngest faces behind the metal fencing. children seen sleeping under mylar blankets. and tonight, what child advocates are calling excruciating audio of the children. in a recording first obtained by
pro publica, you can hear the desperate sobbing of children from one day last week. this little girl appeared to be separated from her dad. you can also hear children calling for mama and papa. in the audio, you can also hear a border patrol agent in what appears to be a reference to all of the crying. late today, congressman joaquin castro listened to the audio with us. so, this is purportedly audio of a separation. >> yeah, and you see the brutality there and the severe emotional trauma these kids are experiencing. and -- the president should not be using these kids as leverage to get a border wall or whatever he's trying to do. it's obscene. >> reporter: abc news has
reported separated children are sent into foster care or to more than 100 shelters around the country like this one. many parents say they're not told where or when they'll see them again. >> the people united! >> reporter: today, amid growing pressure and protests across the country, president trump's homeland security secretary, kirstjen nielsen, defended the policy, reading from a statement. >> we will not apologize for doing our job. we have sworn to do this job. this administration has a simple message. if you cross the border illegally, we will prosecute you. >> reporter: she insisted the children seen in those images are well cared for. >> we operate according to some of the highest standards in the country. we provide food, medical, education and all needs that the child requests. >> reporter: and tonight, abc news hearing from a former worker of one of those shelters, this time, in arizona, who says the system is overwhelmed. he quit his job, because he was disturbed by what he was seeing. >> these are people making minimum wage. they're undertrained. we received only a week of
training. and they're dealing with an increasingly traumatized group of kids. >> and marcus moore joins us now from brownsville, texas, outside one of those shelters. and marcus, the american academy of pediatrics is also weighing in on the impact of the children? >> reporter: that's right, david. the head of that academy, dr. colleen craft, visited a shelter in texas, and she says the separations are a form of child abuse, and they're doing irreparable harm to the children. now david, tonight, she is arguing that the focus should be on the children's welfare, absent politics. >> marcus moore leading us off tonight. marcus, thank you. and it's not just america's pediatricians, every living former first lady has now weighed in on this. but president trump is not backing down tonight. abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega pressing the white house just moments ago. >> reporter: even in the face of growing outrage, president trump today staunchly defended his administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents.
>> the united states will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. it won't be. >> reporter: and on twitter, he is amping up the anti-immigration rhetoric, saying, "big mistake made all over europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!" the president warning it could happen here. still, he says, he, too, is disturbed by those images of children in detention centers. >> what's happening is so sad -- is so sad. and it can be taken care of quickly, beautifully and we'll have safety. >> reporter: the president could be the one to end it. it is his policy launched by his administration. and tonight, opposition is mounting. all four living former first ladies going public. laura bush writing in "the washington post," "this zero tolerance policy is cruel. it is immoral. and it breaks my heart."
michelle obama retweeting mrs. bush's op-ed, adding, "sometimes truth transcends party." and tonight, rosalynn carter calling the policy "disgraceful and a shame to our country." hillary clinton took on the administration's false claim that they are simply enforcing the law. >> separating families is not mandated by law at all. that is an outright lie. >> reporter: and she also took on attorney general jeff sessions, who cited the bible as justification. >> i would cite the apostle paul and his clear and wise command in romans 13 to obey the laws of the government. >> those who selectively use the bible to justify this cruelty are ignoring a central tenant of christianity. jesus said, "suffer the little children unto me." he did not say, "let the children suffer." >> reporter: even the current first lady, melania trump, made the rare move of intervening on policy, calling on both sides of the aisle to come together, but
adding, "we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart." now, with the white house under fire, homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen joining a late briefing to defend the policy. have you seen the photos of children in cages? have you heard the audio clip of these children wailing that just came out today? >> i have -- i have not seen something that came out today, but i have been to detention centers, and again, i would reference you to our standards, i would reference you to the care provided, not just by the department of homeland security, but by the department of health and human services when they get to hhs. >> reporter: but is that the image of this country that you want out there? children in cages? >> the image that i want of this country is an immigration system that secures our borders and upholds our humanitarian ideals. congress needs to fix it. >> cecilia vega joins us tonight from the white house. cecilia, you just got out of that contentious briefing. the white house not ceding any ground with you. and tomorrow, president trump
heads to capitol hill? >> reporter: he will be talking with republicans on the hill tomorrow, david. and the white house says that the president doesn't want a band-aid fix to this issue, but immigration has vexed this city now for so many years. there is absolutely no indication that this current crisis on the border will be -- force a breakthrough any time soon. >> cecilia vega at the white house. thank you, cecilia. next here, to the severe storms on the move at this hour, killing a wisconsin man and now moving across the northeast. driving rain and strong winds toppling trees in saratoga springs, new york. a state of emergency in parts of michigan tonight, after record-breaking rain in the past 48 hours. homes destroyed. roads washed away. chief meteorologist ginger zee joining us live tonight, she's tracking it all. ginger? >> reporter: david, there are damaging winds just 50 miles north and west of our location right now. and you can see all the severe thunderstorm watches on the map, from nebraska through iowa, right through vermont and new hampshire. damaging winds in excess of 60 is the primary threat, but you could see hail, and just north of springfield, massachusetts, a tornado warning tonight. excessive heat warnings and advisories from manhattan,
kansas, to trenton, new jersey. even raleigh feeling like 102 this afternoon. and then we've got to look for the heavy rains. anywhere from houston down to corpus christi could see up to 5, even 10 inches of rain. david? >> ginger zee with us tonight. ginger, thank you. next this evening, to the fbi and the justice department. the inspector general taking tough questions after that scathing report on james comey, and what they called his questionable moves going public involving hillary clinton, not once, but twice, but then recommending no charges. she and many of her supporters believe it cost her the election. but today, the fbi director and the inspector general answering questions on capitol hill after the president said the report proves that the fbi was out to get him and to keep him from becoming president. he said the report now exonerates him on the russia probe. so, what did they say about that? here's abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: president trump claims a report from the justice department's inspector general has cleared him of any wrongdoing. >> i think that the report yesterday, maybe more importantly than anything, it
totally exonerates me. there was no collusion, there was no obstruction. and if you read the report, you'll see that. >> reporter: but today, the inspector general contradicting the president, saying his report was focused on the hillary clinton e-mail investigation, not russia. >> we did not look into collusion questions. >> reporter: he also rejects the president's claim that the report undermines the special counsel probe. >> i think that the mueller investigation has been totally discredited. >> did you address the credibility of the investigation of robert mueller? >> we did not address the credibility of the special counsel's investigation here. >> reporter: the president has called the russia investigation a witch hunt. today, his hand-picked fbi director again making clear he does not agree. >> as i said before, i do not believe special counsel mueller is on a witch hunt. >> reporter: wray also agreed with the inspector general that political bias did not effect the outcome of the clinton investigation. but tonight, republicans aren't buying it. >> these people hated trump and this investigation was anything
but by the book. >> let's get to pierre thomas, with us live tonight from washington, as well. and pierre, there's also news tonight about the russia investigation. another associate of president trump meeting during the campaign with a russian allegedly offering dirt on hillary clinton, now offering to change his testimony? >> reporter: that's right, david. roger stone, the president's long-time friend and confidant, is acknowledging that a russian reached out and offered damaging information on clinton in exchange for $2 million. but stone said he rejected the offer and never told the president. the problem is that stone did not disclose that meeting when he testified to congress last september. he says he simply forgot. david? >> pierre thomas. pierre, thank you. overseas tonight, and to that deadly earthquake in japan. the urgent efforts under way to find the missing. the 5.5 magnitude quake rocking the city of osaka during the morning rush. witnesses say buildings shook for 30 seconds, some crumbling. people scrambling to evacuate. at least four people were killed, including a schoolgirl. more than 300 injured. tonight, the search for survivors, as more than 100,000 residents are without power or
gas tonight. back here at home now, and to the troubling new video from a woman who says her husband's tesla burst into flames. this video, she says her husband only knew when other drivers flagged him down. well tonight, the ntsb now adds this case to they're already investigating other tesla accidents involving batteries. here's abc's chief national correspondent matt gutman tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the ntsb is sending a specialist to help investigate that car fire. jets of flames shooting out from beneath this tesla model-s in los angeles. "west wing" star mary mccormack tweeting, "this is what happened to my husband and his car today. no accident, out of the blue, in traffic." adding, "thank god my three little girls weren't in the car with him." she says the car was not in self-driving mode, and her husband, hollywood director michael morris, was barely moving in traffic when a couple in another car flagged him down and told him to pull over. the l.a. county sheriff's
department said no one was hurt and that the culprit was likely a battery or a mechanical issue. tesla said, "this is an extraordinarily unusual occurrence and we are investigating the incident to find out what happened." and as dramatic as those videos are, david, tesla says its electric cars are ten times less likely to ignite than gas-powered vehicles. david? >> matt gutman with us tonight. thank you, matt. we reported late last week on meghan markle, now duchess meghan, of course, and her solo tour with the queen. but tonight, it's her father, who did not attend the wedding, now breaking his silence, on prince harry, on the queen, on president trump. abc's james longman from london. >> reporter: the world watched meghan become a picture-perfect princess, but the cameras are now back on a family saga that won't go away. >> the unfortunate thing for me now is that i'm a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history. >> reporter: her father speaking out on itv's "good morning britain" for the first time
since missing the wedding, expressing regret for those paparazzi photos he was paid for. >> i feel bad about it. i apologize for it. and that's all i can do. >> reporter: watching from his california home, he says he regrets not walking his daughter down the aisle. >> i can't think of a better replacement than someone like prince charles. i was jealous. i wish i had been there. i wish it had been me. >> reporter: he went on to reveal his first contact with prince harry. >> we've had interesting conversations on the phone. i was complaining i didn't like donald trump. he said, "give donald trump a chance." >> reporter: talking politics is taboo for the royal family, as is cashing in on their status. markle was paid for this latest interview, as well, which will not help his seemingly fractious relationship with meghan, no matter how kind his words. >> i love them dearly. i have a new son-in-law. i'm very happy to have a new son-in-law. >> reporter: the royal family is certainly no stranger to negative press.
the queen and meghan look very comfortable with each other. i think it's very unlikely her thfa>> jl am wes longman live f london tonight. james, thanks, as always. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the e.r. doctor under fire. the disturbing video now made public. take a look. the young man rushed to the hospital, collapsing after basketball practice, and what the doctor is seen doing in the video. you will see it and hear it in a moment. also, the urgent manhunt for two escaped prisoners. both men considered dangerous. there's news coming in on that front tonight. and the images just coming in. the roller coaster stuck high above the ground late today. the riders trapped. we'll be right back. with advand non-small cell lung cancer, previously treated with platinum-based chemotherapy, including those with an abnormal alk or egfr gene who've tried an fda-approved targeted therapy, who wouldn't want a chance for another...? who'd say no to a...? who wouldn't want a chance to live longer. opdivo (nivolumab). over 40,000 patients have been prescribed opdivo immunotherapy.
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sit up. [ bleep ]. sit up. >> what -- >> sit up. sit up. i'm having you sit up. >> i can't get up. >> reporter: the college sophomore was taken to el camino hospital by ambulance after collapsing following a basketball practice monday night. he says he suffered a severe anxiety attack. >> they were not taking care of me. >> reporter: he says he waited three hours to see a doctor. >> i'm sorry, sir, you were the least sick of all the people who are here who are dying. >> reporter: 20-year-old samuel bardwell says dr. beth keegstra's gruff bedside manner only added insult to injury, and that she insisted he changed his story, even though he says she would. let him explain. >> you have changed your story every [ bleep ] time. >> reporter: he says he found it so insulting when she arrived to examine him ieserirdhe aed father to g. >> i don't think she should be practicing medicine at all, because if it's not a race thing, and she treats everybody that way, then that's a problem. >> reporter: a hospital spokesperson says that they are sorry, and that the doctor involved will no longer be working there. david?
>> linziyn linsey, thanks. when we come back, the urgent manhunt for those two fugitives right now. and that roller coaster stuck high above the ground, riders stranded today. we're back in a moment. doing tomorrow -10am? staff meeting. noon? eating. 3:45? uh, compliance training. 6:30? sam's baseball practice. 8:30? tai chi. yeah, so sounds relaxing. alright, 9:53? i usually make their lunches then, and i have a little vegan so wow, you are busy. wouldn't it be great if you had investments that worked as hard as you do? yeah. introducing essential portfolios. the automated investing solution that lets you focus on your life. ♪ ♪ i can do more to lower my a1c. because my body can still make its own insulin. and i take trulicity once a week to activate my body to release it, like it's supposed to. trulicity is not insulin. it comes in a once-weekly, truly easy-to-use pen. and it works 24/7.
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down at the white house right now, the first of several meetings -- >> reporter: but two years ago, the velvet of his voice was stolen by a rare neurological disorder. >> i am working to come back. >> reporter: a company in scotland is helping. they've taken several years of recordings and given dupree control of his voice, at the touch of his fingertips. >> the u.s. supreme court has basically punted on the issue of legislative gerrymandering -- >> reporter: this was his first broadcast this morning. he does sound different, but he feels incredible. >> feel good? >> damn, that's good. that is good. that -- yeah. >> reporter: steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. >> welcome back, jamie. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. good night. the trump administration continues to defend its zero
tolerance policy. now local lawmakers planning a trip to texas. the sailing accident that sent a man overboard. a 500-pound great white shark washes ashore. trying to figure out how it got there and why it is covered with cuts. we do not separate children from their parents. >> as long as illegal entry remains a criminal offense, dhs will not look the other way. >> the controversy continues at the border over the trump administration's zero tolerance policy i am dan ashley. >> good evening, i am kristen sze in for ama daetz. >> take a listen now.
>> president trump today blamed democrats for his administration's zero tolerance policy of arresting undocumented immigrants seeking asylum and separating them from their children. >> 2300 kids have been taken away from their families and administration officials say it is a matter of enforcing the laws. >> dhs will not look the other way. dhs will faithfully enact fo the laws. >> this issue is a real flash point for a lot of people. and throughout our news cast, we have been