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tonight, president trump's immigration crackdown revealed. the new and sweeping plan to deport undocumented immigrants across this country. who will be targeted? the growing number of anti-semitic threats in this country. the jewish cemetery desecrated. the fbi investigating. did the president wait too long before addressing it? what the white house is saying. the flooding emergency playing out right now. trucks trapped in rising waters on the freeway, and another spillway being watched. a reservoir overflowing. the new video now emerging. the young people falling through the ice. the deadly plane crash. four americans and the pilot killed after a plane slams into a shopping mall overseas. and your money tonight.
why auto insurance is spiking. three things you can do right now to bring down your premiums. and america strong here. the baby born here, taking flight. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night, and we begin tonight with those sweeping new guidelines putting millions of undocumented immigrants in america on notice. tonight here, the new rules, and new directives for border agents and local police. new guidelines released today as president trump was visiting the new national museum of african-american history. those troubling images tonight from a st. louis suburb. the headstones knocked over in a jewish cemetery. amid dozens of threats being investigated by the fbi. we have it all, and abc's cecilia vega leading us off from the white house. >> reporter: the trump administration today signing off on new immigration rules that could put the majority of the
country's 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation. an overhaul of the immigration system, a promise at the heart of donald trump's campaign from the very beginning. >> we're rounding 'em up in a very humane way. >> reporter: his pledge, to target the worst of the worst. >> we have some bad hombres here and we're going to get them out. >> reporter: but the new orders, issued today by the department of homeland security, go far beyond that. under president obama the priority was deporting serious criminals. but the new policy directs immigration and border patrol agents to deport anyone convicted of any criminal offense, including crimes like driving without a license. people charged but not convicted could be targeted too. as well as anyone an immigration officer deems a risk to public safety. in the past, any undocumented immigrant arrested within two weeks of arriving in the country faced expedited deportation.
now, anyone who entered illegally within the past two years could face immediate deportation. a much larger group. is one of the goals here massive deportation? >> no. >> reporter: not at all? is the white house's message to undocumented people in this country whose only crime is being in this country illegally don't worry? or you're on notice? >> no, the message from the white house and from the dhs is those people who are in this country and pose a threat to public safety or committed a crime will be the first to go, and we will be aggressively make sure that occurs. >> reporter: what about the others who aren't? they're watching this fearfully right now. >> cecilia, the president has said multiple times, we have to look at this issue on a very, very holistic way. >> reporter: the white house insists this is about enforcing the laws already on the books. for so long ice had their hands cuffed behind them in the mission of the job. in fact president obama expelled
record numbers of undocumented immigrants earning the reputation as deporter in chief. but critics say people who are not serious criminals are already being caught up in president trump's crackdown. people like guadalupe garcia de rayos, an undocumented mother of two american children who was deported from phoenix. her arrest sparking protests. and jeanette vizguerra who is now hunkered down in a denver church seeking sanctuary. but the new rules do not affect the more than 750,000 people who came to the country illegally as children, known as dreamers. the president telling david they shouldn't be worried. >> they shouldn't be very worried. they are here illegally. they shouldn't be very worried. i do have a big heart. we're going to take care of everybody. >> reporter: so mr. president, will they be allowed to stay? >> i'm gonna tell you over the next four weeks. >> cecilia vega with us live from the white house, and cecilia, we asked the president about the dreamers. is what we heard today definitive? do they get to stay? >> reporter: sean spicer said the matter of dreamers in this
country is not yet settled. this is also part of the plan though. they plan to hire 15,000 new immigration officers and border patrol agents, and call on local police to help with deportations, but david, how all of this gets paid for remains to be seen. >> cecilia vega leading us off. thank you. president trump is also being asked this evening about the growing number of anti-semitic threats in the country. you saw those images from that jewish cemetery near st. louis, and authorities say that is just the beginning. the fbi is of the innivestigate dozens of threats. 11 bomb threats came to jewish community centers across several cities. here's abc's white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: today president trump used a visit to washington's new african-american history museum to finally denounce the recent spate of anti-semitic threats and attacks in the united states.
>> this tour was a very meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms. >> reporter: one of the most jarring incidents, this jewish cemetery near st. louis desecrated. more than a hundred tombstones overturned as the fbi launched an investigation into bomb threats that have sparked terrifying evacuations of children, some in cribs, from jewish community centers. 68 incidents in all. those 11 threats just yesterday across the country. president trump said today he denounces anti-semitism whenever he gets a chance. but listen to what happened last week, when he was directly asked about it. >> mr. president, since your election campaign and even after your victory, we've seen a sharp rise in anti-semitic incidents across the united states. >> reporter: instead of conde condemning the anti-semitism, talked about his election victory. >> i want to say we are very honored by the victory that we
had. 306 electoral college votes. >> reporter: and then asked again a day later at his solo press conference. instead of denouncing anti-semitism, he denounced the person asking the question. >> there has been a report out that 48 bomb threats have been made against jewish settlements in the last couple of weeks. there are people who are committing anti-semitic acts or threatening -- >> he said he was focus answer a simple, easy question. and it's not. not a simple question, not a fair question. ok sit down, i understand the rest of your question. so here's the story, folks. number one, i am the least anti-semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life. >> reporter: the investigation prompted a response from trump. ivanka trump tweeting "america is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. we must protect our houses of worship and religious centers." #jcc -- jewish community center. hours later, also on twitter,
hillary clinton for the first time called on president trump to act. jcc threats, cemetery desecration and online attacks are so troubling and they need to be stopped. everyone must speak out, starting with @potus. and today, he did. >> the anti-semitic threats targeting our jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil. >> and jon karl with us live from the white house tonight, and jon, we heard the white house press secretary sean spicer asked today why did it take the president so long to speak out against these acts. but he said he has dressed this before. >> reporter: he was asked about these specific attacks and no direct's to that.
he said that the president has been forceful in denouncing racism and anti-semitism since the beginning of his campaign. >> jon, thanks as us. to the emergency playing out tonight. the flash floods that took so many drivers by surprise today. california's 101, and their tires underwater. all of this after the anderson reservoir in san jose spilled over. abc's neal karlinsky on the rescues tonight. >> reporter: tonight in san jose, entire families, even babies-rescued by boat in the middle of their neighborhood. >> we've been advised that if people are trapped and uninjured to shelter in place. >> reporter: the very young and the very old. dozens of them taken to safety by emergency crews in boats, their only way out of this apartment complex. >> i have been here for six years, and i have never seen
this. it happened real fast. >> reporter: at a nearby golf course-more rescues, 20 people believed to be homeless-clinging to trees for safety. emergency officials say the flooding is the direct result of water being released from anderson reservoir, what now looks like a man made waterfall. it's one of many reservoirs in the area at or near capacity, leading to low level flooding, including this parking lot full of cars at a nearby college. all of san jose doubling the normal amount of rain it normally gets by this point. >> all of the water in the coyote creek water shed is dangerous. it's swift moving, its carrying debris with it from areas that haven't seen water in years, and on top of that it could be contaminated. >> reporter: all this after a powerful 24 hours of rain, smashing northern california leaving trees down and mudslides throughout the area. david, they are still pulling people out of here tonight. the creek flooding this apartment complex hasn't been this high since 1922. this water is filthy. filled with raw sewage and chemicals. they are hoping this is the worst of it. the weather is finally starting to improve. david?
we see the frantic rescue playing out last night, and it was more dire than first thought. seven young people had fallen through the ice, and were trapped in the water. perfect strangers then jumping in. here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: tonight this new video showing the moments surrounding that terrifying scene in new york city's central park. a group of teenagers ignoring warnings playing on an iced over pond. posing for a selfie. and then in an instant the ice breaks open. the boys thrashing in the freezing water. >> they got together so i assume they became heavier and so the ice couldn't handle it. >> reporter: lourdes cuevas and her family, tourists from south america, were filming the teens and took this selfie. they say when the ice gave way, they say they ran to get a rescue ladder.
did you think they might not survive? >> yeah, we did. >> reporter: lourdes' husband holding the ladder, while another man jumped into the freezing water rescuing the boys one by one. >> the one in the back, there was a moment where i was like i can't, i'm not going to get to him, he's too far out. i grabbed the backpack, and i could feel there was a body on it. if i didn't grab him, a second later he was -- he was gone. >> reporter: within minutes emergency crews on the scene, rushing the boys to a hospital. >> i started drowning, so i just swam to the ice and i was holding on and a guy grabbed me out the water. >> reporter: david, we are told one of the teens is in the hospital tonight, but he is expected to make a full recovery, david. >> linzie, thank you. next this evening, the fbi arresting a former army man from missouri for plotting a president's day jihad terror attack in this country. robert hester is accused of supplying for a terror group after a month's long sting operation. he repeatedly expressed his violent intentions against the u.s. online, buying batteries and nails. he was discharged from the army
for violating regulations is the married father of two with a third child on the way. we turn to four americans who ha who were killed on a plane crash. the americans were on vacation, and the plane slamming into the mall in broad daylight moments before it opened. we learn more about the americans who were lost. abc's david kerley covers aviation. >> reporter: slamming into the australian mall 45 minutes before opening there was little left of the twin engine beechcraft. those last seconds of flight captured by that dash cam before cashes, bursting into flames. >> all of a sudden, it hit the spotlig spotlight, and erupted into a huge fire ball. >> reporter: the pilot had radioed twice reporting "catastrophic engine failure." along with the pilot four americans, golfers from texas, snapping pictures of their dream trip along the way.
a prominent lawyer, a former ceo among them. they were flying to an island course, their wives staying behind in melbourne. >> it is really difficult for all of them and my heart goes out to my dear sister-in-law and the rest who were on this trip. >> reporter: the plane, a super king, veering to the left after getting airborne and heading toward that mall. it was in the air for a little more than 20 seconds. tonight, investigators have recovered parts of aircraft, and said the pilot called out mayday several times. we have learned that one of the golfers expressed trepidation during the trip about flying in a small aircraft. david? >> abc's david kerley with us. thank you. from new hampshire tonight, a case that made national headlines back in the news now. a prep school found guilty of luring a student for sex is seeking new trial. owen he bri who requires him to register, and arguing his defense team neglected evidence that may have raised credibility
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