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"nightly news" is coming up next. >> we will see you again at 6:00. tonight, high drama as that caravan of migrants targeted by president trump has now reached the u.s. border. central americans who say they're escaping danger now bracing for a showdown over asylum. a family's outrage, a mother pleading for answers about the death of her son. >> they did not have to kill my child. >> what happened during a fatal police encounter and why hasn't the body cam video been released? a mega deal between a pair of telecom giants. how would a merger of sprint and t-mobile affect choices and prices for you? a spectacular blast off today. a test flight that could mean we're just months away from sending tourists into space. and a man of the cloth who has the
faithful flocking to him to hear him speak worshipping the way he does the laundry. >> announcer: this is nbc "nightly news" with kate snow. good evening. they've been on the road for weeks now. a caravan of migrants moving north from central america, many of them children. their journey the focus of international media. the president warning they would not be allowed to enter the u.s. though their numbers dwindled, tonight just over 100 migrants are putting the administration's statements to the test prepared to apply for asylum. as they wait feet from the border, crowds gathered on the u.s. side. our gadi schwartz is there. >> reporter: this 9-year-old wearing a red, white and blue beanie sees this as he watches a crowd. signs that say he, his family and hundreds of others are welcome in the united states. >> they're our brothers and sisters. there shouldn't be a wall between us. >> reporter: those
people are free on the other side of the fence, saved from the dangers of every-day life in much of central america. katherine and her 1-year-old daughter ashley now sick with a fever are waiting to turn themselves in at the port of entry. she said gangs in honduras threatened to kidnap her baby and kill her and she can't go back. she says that today is the plan to come in today. >> reporter: last night president trump talked again about the caravan at a rally in michigan. >> are you watching that mess that's going on right now? with the caravan coming up. are you watching this? and our laws are so weak, they're so pathetic. >> reporter: i.c.e. and border patrol officials tell us they will respect all legitimate asylum laws under the law and coached imfrantz what to say. >> there's nothing wrong with preparing for a legal proceeding. that's what we do in the united states. we prepare clients for court and that's the exact same thing we're doing here. >> reporter: now what started as a caravan of more than 1,000 is down to just about
100. all of them hoping to find refuge on the other side of the bridge. and tonight late word from cbp, the border patrol, that they have reached capacity at the port of entry that we are headed to right now, and they are not accepting anybody else without proper documentation. however, you can see this caravan says it's going to try anyway. kate, back to you. >> gadi, thank you. on the border. thank you. now to a fatal encounter between police and a man in georgia that has a family demanding answers, and police facing accusations of lying about what happened. the mother of the man shot and killed by officers is pleading with authorities to release body cam video so the public can see how things unfolded on the day of his death. nbc's maya rodriguez has more from savannah. >> i want an answer from each of you. >> reporter: this week, a renewed plea. >> do you support releasing the body cam? >> reporter: distraught mother jameillan smiley begging the savannah
city council to find out what was behind her son ricky boyd's death. >> ma'am, the city cannot release the video. the district attorney asked that it not be released because it's a matter in front of the grand jury. >> reporter: in january, the 20-year-old was shot and killed by police on his front lawn. you're confronted with the memory of what happened every time you walk in and out of your door. >> every day. every minute. every second. yes. >> reporter: police went to the home to question ricky in connection with a murder case. following the incident, police said ricky initiated the gunfire. the georgia bureau of investigation released a statement on january 23rd saying, "the suspect confronted officers with a gun. a day later, the bureau said the weapon was later determined to be a co2
powered bb air gun." the gbi said it had nothing further to add and the district attorney did not respond to our request for comment. jameillan said gbi showed the footage on a laptop and she didn't see anything his hands when he walked out of the house. >> he did everything he needed to do to come out the door with his hands out. he did everything i told him to do. >> reporter: she and her attorney say they will fight to make the bodycam footage public so everyone can judge for themselves. >> i will not let them get away with this. i will not go away. >> reporter: maya rodriguez, nbc news, savannah, georgia. now to the fight for control of congress. just over six months until the midterm elections, democrats are hoping for a wave of victories. republicans hoping to hold the line. last night president trump hit the road in a state critical to his 2016 success, michigan. giving a potential preview of the strategy to come. nbc's kelly o'donnell now on the battle lines being drawn. >> reporter: president
trump road testing campaign themes for the republican party. >> nancy pelosi and her gang -- they've got to be voted out of office. >> reporter: honing his partisan fire. >> a vote for a democrat in november is a vote for open borders and crime. >> reporter: but also, voicing the political jeopardy he faces if democrats take control of congress. >> we will impeach him, the people said, but he hasn't done anything wrong. oh, that doesn't matter. we will impeach the president. >> reporter: he's using that personal risk and history of a president's party losing seats at the first midterm to animate his voters. >> we cannot be complacent, and we've got to fight like hell and we've got to win the house and we've got to win the senate. >> reporter: though he is not on the ballot himself -- >> we love you, trump. >> i love you, too. >> reporter: gop candidates in
competitive districts are expected to keep their distance. but president trump argues he has a case to make. >> the economy is raging. our military is strong and getting stronger every single day. >> reporter: big unknowns from the world stage could cast a shadow over november. the president is already taking credit for progress on nuclear talks with north korea. >> what do you think president trump had to do with it? i'll tell you what. like how about everything? >> reporter: beyond his rally bravado, foreign policy democrats offered a more restrained assessment today. >> a summit isn't a strategy, but having an upcoming summit with an opening where the supreme leader of north korea has already made a number of encouraging offers i think is a terrific opportunity. >> reporter: the president faces a separate and important deadline in two weeks to decide whether the u.s. will remain part of another nuclear agreement with iran. that's the one he's been criticizing since the campaign. democrats and european
allies want to keep that deal. the white house says parts of it need to be renegotiated, but no decision is final. kate? >> kelly o'donnell at the white house tonight. let's continue the coverage of that critical decision that the president has to make in the short term. there is this may 12th deadline to decide what to do about the deal negotiated under the obama administration and agreed to by global powers to try to contain iran's nuclear ambitions. the president has said major changes, but as nbc's ali arouzi reports, iran's president says, no way. >> reporter: threats and insults are how washington and teheran communicate these days. >> if iran threatens us in any way they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid. >> they restart their nuclear program, they will have bigger problems than they have ever had before. >> reporter: iranian president hassan rowhani firing back calling trump a building contractor
with no knowledge of foreign affairs, ridiculing the idea for further negotiations. >> there's absolutely no chance whatsoever that iran will accept a new deal. if the u.s. pulls out of the agreement i think that iran will pull out of the agreement. >> reporter: spunned by the west, iran is likely to become more confrontational with implications of regional stability and u.s. allies israel and saudi arabia. on the streets of teheran, many young iranians are worried about the consequences of the deal being scrapped. >> we're worried about collapsing the deal because we can't predict iranian government behavior about this collapsing. >> reporter: this is teheran's ground baz czar, the beating heart of iran's economy, and the merchants here are worried that if donald trump pulls the rug from underneath the nuclear deal, things are going to get worse than they already are. s nadar, a third generation carpet dealer, could always rely on a steady income of one of
iran's most famous products but not anymore. he said business is 90% down. >> because we have problem with money. when you sell something, you cannot take the money. >> reporter: with trump looking to scrap the agreement and iran threatening to restart its nuclear program, undoing the iran deal may lead to the death of diplomacy and the rebirth of unpredictable animosity. ali arouzi, nbc news, teheran. now to the other nuclear drama on the president's plate, that upcoming sitdown with north korean leader kim jong-un who has raised the prospect of complete denuclearization of his country. though there is a lot of skepticism over whether he'd actually follow through, and a mystery over what exactly he means, but now, a potential breakthrough. is he willing to let international inspectors in to his top secret nuclear facilities? nbc's bill neely is in seoul, south korea.
>> reporter: for 12 years this is the only active nuclear test site in the world. and from here north korea has terrified the world. kim jong-un formally offered friday not just to shut it down but to invite american experts and journalists to witness it. the secret site is in remote north korea, a mysterious facility buried deep in tunnels beneath a mountain. it's been used for six nuclear tests. the last one in september triggered such a powerful earthquake scientists say the mountain caved in and may have destroyed the site. kim jong-un said that's not the case. he has two even bigger tunnels still intact, but we have been here before. ten years ago north korea agreed to scrap a nuclear reactor. and invited journalists to see the cooling tower blown up. when the deal with the u.s. then collapsed they restarted the reactor. this time might be different. kim told president moon he'll scrap the nuclear site by mid-may, just before a
proposed meeting with president trump. times are clearly changing in another way, too. the first real reunification with the south happening on north korean clocks. kim promising a 30-minute shift to south korean time. >> kim jong-un is trying to control the narrative ahead of meeting president trump, and to prove to skeptics that his actions will be open to the world, that he can be trusted. u.s. officials point to decades of broken promises by north korea, and they'll take some convincing. kate? >> bill neely over in seoul. bill, thank you. now to the mega merger that if approved would leave just three major wireless carriers for you to choose from. at&t, verizon and the newly announced combination of sprint and t-mobile. as nbc's matt bradley reports, the deal raises questions about competition and prices amid fewer choices for consumers. >> hey, everybody. i'm back.
>> reporter: these former competitors -- >> we have been here. >> reporter: -- now business partners. >> t-mobile and sprint have reached an agreement to come together and form a new, stronger company. >> reporter: if regulators approve it they keep the t-mobile name and move into striking distance of larger rivals verizon and at&t. leaving only three major players on a fiercely competitive field. analysts say that could mean higher prices. >> is your bill going are to go up immediately? probably not. but will it give these companies a way to charge you more down the road? absolutely. >> reporter: comcast, the parent company of nbc universal is also in the mobile companies and insist the merger adds thousands of american jobs, increase competition and drive prices down and let them conquer mobile's new frontier, 5g. new technology that could yield faster downloads, more access in rural areas, autonomous vehicles and the stuff of science fiction like
remote surgeries, but the deal is still a big if. >> in general, the justice department has been wary about reducing the number of major wireless carriers in the country. >> reporter: and the government could still keep this merger from becoming a marriage. matt bradley, nbc news. still ahead tonight, the changing face of emergency rooms undergoing a makeover to deal with a surging number of patients seeking a different kind of treatment. stay with us.
back now with the changing look of emergency rooms undergoing a makeover to help people battling depression, struggling with anxiety, facing substance abuse issues, often the only place for them to go when they're in crisis is the emergency department. so across the country the number of patients seeking psychiatric help is surging and nbc news medical correspondent dr. john torres reports on a new solution giving these patients what can be lifesaving care. >> reporter: it is a typical night at st. joseph hospital in southern california. home to the second busiest emergency room in the state. this is the environment i'm used to, e.r. controlled chaos of the emergency room. >> do you remember me? >> reporter: for nearly 500 parents at who show up at st. joseph with a psychiatric crisis every month -- >> what's going on? >> reporter: -- being in the chaos can be down right dangerous. that's because studies show mental health patients wait for hours even days in the e.r. to get treatment,
significantly longer than other patients. and waiting in that turbulent environment can make these patients even sicker. >> if i let you sit longer you're going to escalate where you might hurt someone, possibly hurt yourself. >> reporter: 47-year-old chad ward experienced it firsthand. he spent 24 hours in an emergency room after he tried to take his own life. >> they didn't have a bed so i was having to sit in a chair and it was just a lot of pain. >> these people are in distress. are we going to look the other way and ignore it, or are we going to look at best policies and practices to help them get the help they need? >> reporter: doctors and nurses here created something new, a specialized emergency room just for psychiatric patients. >> this is a lot different than the other e.r. the lighting is soft and the room is quiet. a calm environment to help the staff here all specializing in mental health stabilize patients quickly. >> that environment right there is so significantly different that it enables us to have a much more rapid treatment and much
more rapid diagnosis. >> reporter: chad ward ended up here last june after another suicide attempt. his experience this time -- completely different. >> they took me in right away and then took me off to a quiet place that wasn't in the center of the e.r. where everything was going. >> reporter: now for the first time in years chad has his own apartment. he even volunteers to help others in need, thanks in order to a new model of emergency care that targets mental health. dr. john torres, nbc news, orange, california. >> so important. we're back in a moment with tourist trips to space. and the company that plans to start them by the end of the year.
back now with space vacations. that's right. companies are racing to send tourists out of this world and today a spectacular blast-off for a rocket backed by amazon billionaire jeff bezos whose company has ambitious plans for those space vacations far sooner than you might think. here's nbc's morgan radford.
>> start, two, one. >> reporter: today's blue origin test run to the edge of space inspired by launches that put a man on the moon decades ago, but different now. the rockets set to begin to ferry civilians into space by the end of this year. >> that would be awesome. i would definitely go in a heartbeat. >> reporter: it's part of a private space race for the tourism industry. >> i just came back from paradise. >> reporter: its first guest dennis tito was welcomed in 2001. >> every minute of it was euphoric. >> reporter: he went to orbit on a russian rocket to the international space station that cost him $20 million. >> from me personally, it was the highlight of my life, and it's something i still think about every day and it's been 17 years. >> reporter: billionaires like bezos, branson, musk and allen, bankrolling companies that will take wannabe astronauts into orbit. but is there really demand?
650 people already have tickets for a trip with virgin galactic at a cost of $250,000. and a california company says it will launch a space hotel by 2022. reservations for the first four months gone in just 72 hours. even with a $80,000 deposit required. >> yeah. you've got to have money. i don't have money but i'll volunteer. >> reporter: dreams of the stars bringing people just like us one step closer to infinity and beyond. morgan radford, nbc news. when we come back, a guy who loves nothing more than a pile of dirty laundry and the crowds clamoring to hear how he gets it so clean.
finally tonight -- a superstar of stain removal. a wizard of the wash. a living legend of the laundry who has crowds clamoring to hear his tips and tricks for getting clothes fresh and clean and making even the toughest stains disappear. so naturally when we heard about him, we sent our intrepid reporter kevin tibbles to sniff out the secrets of his success. >> reporter: patric richardson doesn't just do his laundry, he worships his laundry. >> the laundry evangelist. >> reporter: because this man of the cloth claims he can scrub a stain out of anything and he'll swear on a stack of dirty shirts to prove it. >> i wash everything. i don't send anything to the dry cleaner. i tell everybody else how to wash everything.
see how it looks like it sort of came out? >> reporter: in fact, richardson runs a free laundry camp at the mall of america in minneapolis for folks to be converted. >> should i just throw in it a mesh beg? should i invest in a mesh bag. >> inside the mesh bag the garment can't stretch out. >> reporter: we thought we would put the stain master to the test. what will we have? >> a juicy loosey. >> a juicy loosey, a local delicacy that lives up to its name. a ginormous hamburger with molten cheese in the middle. >> that's the trick. so you don't want it to kind of shoot out all over everything. >> don't want that all over my shirt. >> right, exactly. although we can get it out. >> you can get that out? >> oh yeah. not a problem. i can get it out with easy things. >> reporter: that's the other half of the laundry evangelist service. he said it's a sin to put chemicals on the clothes. a quick trip to the local grocery reveals some not so newfangled
tools. lemon, hydrogen peroxide and plain, white vinegar. just white vinegar? >> just plain, white vinegar. it's simple and quite effective. you know? there again, our grandmothers knew that all this stuff worked. >> reporter: armed with these basics, and his trusty horse hair brush, richardson demonstrates in front of the hushed crowd how he can save a shirt that seconds earlier was destined for the landfill. there are lots of happy campers by the time the last stain's been drained. why do you need to check it out? >> yeah. if i have quite a stain, i figured a natural way to get them out. >> he could be better at it. >> reporter: next time the s&p spaghetti splatters, seek out the soap whisperer. he loves your clothes as much as you do. kevin tibbles, nbc news, minneapolis. >> i need his help. that is "nbc nightly news" for this sunday night. lester holt will be in tomorrow. i'm kate snow. for all of us here at nbc news, have a great night.
right now at 6:00, an alert driver notices something wrong off the coast of pacifica. how his quick reaction helped save people when their boat ran aground. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening, thank you so much for joining us. i'm vicki nguyen. >> i'm terry mcsweeney. the stranded sailboat is still sitting on the shore right now. quite the spectacle for people headed out to the east. >> nbc bay area's sergio quintana is live in pacifica with more on this dramatic situation. hey, sergio. >> reporter: hey, it's interesting, i actually just talked to one of the boat owners a couple minutes ago. i want to show you that boat right now, it's been out here on the beach for most of the day. the co-owner last night told us a little bit about what happened to them. they had been