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sponsored event, best food, wine, you name it, taste it. >> sounds great. lester holt joins us next with nightly news. tonight, the emergency on the border and intense pressure building in the nation's capitol. [ crowd chanting ] we have late word from congress as president trump shows no signs of backing down. >> you have to take the children away. >> and tonight, our team on the other side of the border with families making the agonizing decision whether to cross with their children. major escalation in the president's trade war with china could cost you more for everything from tvs erto toys, clothes and food. hl the size of golf balls. al roker is here. a new consumer alert. your credit card perks are disappearing. those price protections, return guarantees and vacation coverage.
we'll show you what's changing and what's not. and the big dig on the beach. wait until you see the spectacular creations these families make out of sand. announcer: this is "nbc nightly news with lester holt." good evening, and welcome to our viewers in the west. with growing bipartisan distress and outrage over migrant families being separated at the southern border, threatening to engulf the white house, president trump this evening making a rare trip to capitol hill. sitting down with republican members of congress who are beginning to push back at his zero tolerance immigration policy. opposition to the policy driven in part by heartbreaking images like these from inside immigration processing centers. and now tonight new questions about the legal journey faced by parents separated from their kids and a crush of cases that threatens to prolong their time apart. nbc's gabe gutierrez begins our coverage. >> end it now! [ crowd chanting ] >> reporter: tonight outrage is
growing over the trump administration's zero tolerance policy separating migrant children from their parents. >> free our children now! >> reporter: questions mounting over the audio said to be recorded inside a government processing facility of sobbing kids. that audio not independently verified by nbc news, but a former worker at another government contracted shelter in arizona said that facility was understaffed and ill-equipped. >> that's something you hear in every other room is a child desperately weeping for their mom, and you have nothing to help them with. it's a really impactful thing. >> reporter: immigration courts now overflowing. our camera was not allowed inside a hearing today at the federal building in texas. immigration advocates are calling them mass trials where parents often plea to be reunited with their children and they point to this picture published by "the intercept." >> i think the most disturbing thing, and that's why being there in person is so important, is the palpable fear and shame
and desperation. they're absolutely quiet. >> reporter: those charged with illegal entry into the u.s. are given this flier showing them steps on how to locate their children. the department of homeland security said today that families who seek asylum at ports of entry will not be separated and will be processed within 72 hours, but some migrants say they have been waiting for longer. at this border crossing in mexico, they've been waiting since this weekend, children in tow. 5-year-old genesis clutches on to a teddy bear and hope the journey will be over soon. her mother, elsie hernandez, is desperate. she says it's not good to be in her home country of honduras because of the violence. and she says this is her second time trying to get into the united states. before but she's having to try again because she's afraid to go back to honduras. jennifer figueroa says she paid a coyote to bring her from honduras to the u.s. [ speaking foreign language ]
>> reporter: she says gangs threatened her life, and that's why she had to leave honduras with her 3-year-old child. the thought of being separated from her 3-year-old son brings her to tears. letting go of her child, she says, is unimaginable. dhs says that asylum seekers here at ports of entry will be processed within 72 hours, but some families tell us they've been here much longer than that. right now, they're surviving on pizza and bottled water. they expect to be here through the night. >> gabe gutierrez, in the background there the heavy rain falling. itexas, whereldren separated from their parents are being held in mass detention centers, our jacob soboroff is one of the few reporters allowed inside one and he's outside the largest in the nation in texas tonight. how are these children tracked once they're inside these facilities? >> reporter: lester, the trump administration has told us that
these separations are temporary, but it turns out, this administration may be creating a significant group of orphaned immigrants. we talked last night about that tear sheet, the piece of paper parents get when they leave this facility. a former i.c.e. official tells nbc news that the trump administration could create permanent separations while children are kept in this facility and parents are deported to their home countries. they don't know when or if they will ever see those children again. >> i know you've been making efforts to get inside one of the girls' facilities to look at conditions there. where do you stand on that? >> reporter: we've asked time and again that we'd like to see not only the girls, but the toddlers, where are they in the country today? we were asked to see photographs of those facilities back in 2016, before the policy was enacted. we politely declined that request from hhs and told them yet again we would like to get insidese >> jacob soboroff, thank you. amid the growing outcry t
according to recent polls and there are americans living along the border who say it is a necessary measure because they have seen tragic and deadly consequences of undocumented migration on their own properties. nbc's kerry sanders has that side of the story for us in texas tonight. >> reporter: the cage family has ranched about 70 miles from the texas/mexico border for three generations and as far back as they can remember they've seen undocumented migrants crossing into their land. >> certainly, i am far adding to the border wall in strategic places. i am not for building the entire wall as some people think that's trying to be done. >> reporter: despite installing water stations to prevent >> reporter: the well worn route remains in part because human smugglers guide the migrants around the checkpoint six miles away. how do you feel about when you hear those sounds of the their mothers, their fathers and
>> to me, the parents are being irresponsible, and i think it's terrible that they are using their children as pawns to gain access to our country. >> reporter: according to u.s. customs and border protections, 2,235 families have been apprehended at the border since the beginning of may, leaving nearly 2,340 children designated as unaccompanied. dr. jim vickers is a sixth-generation texan and says he's fed up with the border problems. what do you think of the current policy that separates children from their parents? >> i think it's fantastic. i mean, we cannot sustain this. >> reporter: because he's seen un properties here, he believes the president's policy is humanitarian. >> but the kids are well taken care of. they're fed properly and clothed properly. >> reporter: but they're not with their parents. >> they're not with their parents, but the parents still can call them. >> reporter: that's good enough? >> i would say yes. >> reporter: ranchers on the front lines hoping this policy
holds. kerry sanders, nbc news, texas. meantime tonight, president trump is showing no signs of backing down on his policy of separating those children from their parents, even as pressure builds and calls grow louder in congress on both sides of the aisle. our white house correspondent kristen welker has late details on where we go from here. >> reporter: despite mounting outrage, president trump is defiant and digging in. on capitol hill late tonight, demanding congress fix the crisis that he created with his zero tolerance policy. >> the system has been broken syr many years, the immigration em.eporter: republican lawmakers panicked over the fallout are vowing to end the separation policy with an emergency bill. >> the plan that keeps families together while their immigration status is determined. >> reporter: while the white house says mr. trump will consider a short-term fix, he ultimately wants comprehensive immigration reform.
>> illegal authority to detain and promptly remove families together as a unit. we have to be able to do this. >> reporter: mr. trump delivered a campaign-style stem-winder earlier in the day to thunderous applause, embracing the moment and the message. >> when you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally which should happen, you have to take the children away. >> reporter: and breaking with his attorney general and bipartisan calls for more immigration judges at the border. >> we have to have a real border, not judges. thousands and thousands of judges they want to hire. >> reporter: but the political pressure is mounting. >> mr. president, have a heart for a change.[ blp ] pen of yous and do away with this horrendous, inhumane policy of yours. >> reporter: a lobbying group that includes dozens of major ceos from walmart to mastercard and boeing demanding the trump administration put an end to its policy, while a group of more
than 600 united methodist clergy and members are accusing attorney general jeff sessions, also a methodist, of child abuse and discrimination. for his part, sessions raised eyebrows overnight when asked about comparisons of the zero tolerance policy to nazi germany. >> well, it's a real exaggeration, of course. in nazi germany, they were keeping the jews from leaving the country. >> reporter: now as for the president's meeting with lawmakers tonight, two sources inside the room tell nbc news the president says he's spoke with his daughter ivanka about the images of children on the border and they've discussed how disturbing those images are. lester? >> kristen welker, thank you. this evening there is violent weather firing up across the west. a tornado caught along with heavy rain and hail the size of golf balls near denver. meanwhile, another severe storm hitting the midwest overnight, triggering flash floods and high-water rescues in rockford, illinois.
a major threat for millions continuing late into the night and all the way down to texas. al roker now joining us. he's monitoring all. al, what has you most concerned? >> well, lester, right now we are watching these systems stretching from utah all the way to washington, d.c. as we go to the radar, you can see that line of thunderstorms we've got still a tornado watch from eastern half of colorado, severe thunderstorm watches for western kansas. as we slide down to the south, you can see this low pressure system. you don't need to have a tropical system to cause massive rainfall and that's what we're seeing tonight. big storms firing up continuing to bring in and draw in tropical moisture. we've got a continued risk for flooding tonight into tomorrow from corpus christi and brownsville all the way up in to lake charles, louisiana. we've already seen anywhere from 10 to 12 inches of rain. and through thursday, we could see isolated amounts of 6 to 11 inches between rockport, galveston, and stretching on into western louisiana. flooding could be a major problem right on through thursday, lester.
>> looks like quite the soaking. al roker, thank you. now the price you pay and the trump administration upping the ante in its trade war with china now threatening to impose tariffs on every item exported to the u.s. that news sent stocks plunging today, and it comes after china retaliated with its own tariffs last week. as nbc's tom costello reports, it could mean you'll soon pay more for many of the products you buy. >> reporter: the stakes just got higher in america's showdown with china. the trump administration now says it's ready to impose tariffs on up to $450 billion worth of goods from china, a major escalation after china retaliated following the first tariffs. without a compromise, americans could be forced to pay more for everything from tvs to computers, toys to clothing. a $500 cell phone could jump to $550. on their farm in southwest iowa ray and chris gasser support getting tough with china, but
dropped 15% since china targeted u.s. agriculture for retaliation. >> when our prices that we receive go down, so does our ability to support our family and continue with our farm. >> reporter: fear of a widening trade war sent stocks a slide today. the dow jones industrial average now negative for the year, though the administration insists china has far more to lose, exporting four times to the u.s. what the u.s. exports to china. >> this should have been done many years ago. we have no choice. >> reporter: china calls the threats blackmail but there's still time to negotiate. the first round of u.s. tariffs will take effect in july, the secondnd in the fall. tom costello, nbc news, washington. in a late development this evening, the u.s. withdrew from the united nations human rights council. announcing the move, ambassador nikki haley called the council a "cesspool of political bias." this did not come as a surprise.
haley threatened to do it last year, citing u.s. complaints that the council is anti-israel. say good-bye to extended warranties and price protection. a look at why credit cards are cutting back on your perks and how to make sure you're shopping with the best card for you. also, the nba player going an offense against a city and a police force over an arrest caught on body cam.
consumer alert and something you may not have noticed about your credit cards, if you haven't tried to use any of those perks in a while. they are changing. and in some cases, they are disappearing altogether. business correspondent jo ling kent has more. >> reporter: tonight the seemingly endless perks touted by credit card companies are slowing down. major banks are rolling back benefits they offer credit card holders. discover recently dropping extended warranties on products you buy, return guarantees, even car rental insurance coverage. chase is eliminating price protection, which allows you to get money back if something you buy goes on sale. and citibank lowering $3,000 d >> card issuers are really at liberty to change the rewards they're offering at any time. >> reporter: but not every card is taking perks away. starting august 1st, american express will extend its price m and beef up warranty protection. it's a new battle for your credit card business. >> it's a very competitive
landscape. the card issuers are basically competing for card holders so they want to make sure they're offering rewards that are valuable, that catch peoples' attention. >> reporter: so what are credit card companies not changing? the rewards you get based on the amount of money you spend on your card. 80% of users say they're unclear about the perks they get for having a credit card, so experts say, check card websites, shop around. for benefits that are most important to you, maxing out credit card perks to get more for your money. jo ling kent, nbc news. coming up, the big headline about smoking in america and a major sign of the times. and sick of going to the pharmacy for your prescriptions? the new way you can skip the trip.
sterling brown of the milwaukee bucks filed a lawsuit today against the city of milwaukee and its police department for the incident in january. body cam video shows the moments after police used a stun gun on brown during a parking violation arrest. the suit accuses police of excessive force, unlawful arrest and targeting brown because he is black. the police chief has apologized to brown, who was not charged. three officers were suspended. tonight, federal health officials say smoking in america has hit an all-time low. about 14% of u.s. adults were smokers last year. that's down 16% from the year before. the new numbers also show fewer high school students are taking up the habit, but there are still more than 30 million adult smokers in the u.s. and if you're tired of trips to the pharmacy, one of the largest drugstore chains, cvs, is launching a nationwide service that will deliver prescriptions right to your door. it'll cost $4.99 and medications will arrive in one or two days. the move comes amid speculation
why marijuana shops have a deadline to sell everything they )ve got. plus, a bald eagle injured after falling out of its nest. we )ll show you how the bird of prey is doing now. next. the news at six starts right finally tonight in our "nightly snapshot," we go west to a place where once a year a sprawling beach front becomes a canvas for ideas as big as your imagination. the result, works of art both temporary and as fleeting as a blowing grain of sand. for kids, it's not a day at the beach without one. >> we're building a sandcastle. >> but at the annual sandcastle contest in cannon beach,
oregon -- >> get set, and dig! >> kids, and let's say some really, really big kids, are getting in on the action. >> it's breaking boundaries, i think. as adults, we don't typically get to dig in the sand. >> dozens of teams scattered the beach with six hours or less to sculpt their masterpieces, from under the sea, up in the stars, some dangerous creatures and mythical ones, too. >> it's an excuse for a family reunion. >> yvonne yes-jessup and her fa practiced to the beach for three days before this year's event. they haven't missed a contest in nine years. >> it's a fun time. it is just a blast. interact with the crowd, being there as a family. okies learni book. >> we looked at pictures and went, we can do that. >> now they compin master division. >> we decided this year to build a mini golf course, so we're naming it sand trap. >> thousands descent on this
town to watch these michelangelos of the beach. >> pouring all their heart and soul is pretty wonderful. >> coming up, the jessups! >> the jessups leave with bronze this year. >> i'm really happy with our finish. >> and though the sand castles may wash away, the memories don't. yeah, let's hope for a calm surf and winds there so they can enjoy them a little longer. at the end of the broadcast tomorrow in our "those who serve" report, we'll meet a young man who continues to dedicate his life to medicine healing others in the midst of their greatest emergencies even after he faced his own catastrophe. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and goodnight. :
good evening and thanks for joining us. i )m jessica aguirr. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening. thanks for joining us. i'm jessica aguirre. >> and i'm raj mathai. >> conversye at the border may emotions are boiling over with an immigration policy separating parents from their children, people crossing the border illegally. in san francisco people are protesting in the street. mark matthews is in san francisco with both sides to the story. mark? >> reporter: 500 to 1,000 people took over this block of sampson street upset about the trump administration policy announced in >> shut it down right now. >> reporter: word of the
demonstrations spread through social media. sharon didn't want to give her last name said she came here from the east bay. >> i have children of my own and grand children, and just the thought of them being taken away from their parents is appalling, and i just couldn't stay at home and not come out. >> reporter: amy goodman is a retired pediatrician. >> there's a syndrome called toxic stress syndrome in which the children's very development is affected by being forcibly separated from their parents. >> reporter: since early may 2,300 children have been taken from their parents after crossing the southern border. pe