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disease doctor says he would eat outside or see a ball game, but anthony fauci still wants everyone to be smart about covid guidelines. and later, danger at the u.s./mexico border as the biden administration's decisions are pushing people back across the border and into harm's way. ♪ ♪ thanks for joining us. well, tensions have boiled ovev foa second straight night in minnesota over the deadly police shooting of 20-year-old daunte wright. authorities say protesters hurled bricks and fireworks at officers in brooklyn center, a suburb of minnesota monday
night. police responded with tear gas and stun guns to break up the crowds who were defying a curfew. police also made dozens of arrests with numerous reports of looting and break-ins at businesses in the area. all of this is happening after police announced that an officer may have accidentally fired a gun instead of a taser killing daunte wright during a traffic stop. we will have more on what we know about the last moments of his life in just a few minutes. well, meanwhile, police have released body camera footage of the deadly altercation and a warning, it is disturbing to watch. >> i'll tase you.
i'll tase you. taser, taser, taser. i just shot him. >> daunte wright's aunt was very emotional of course speaking to cnn's don lemon saying there is no way this could have been an accident. >> accident? an accident? now, come on now. everybody in this world saw that gun. you mean to tell me you thought it was a taser? i have owned over a 20,000 volt taser, they don't feel nothing like a gun. nothing like a gun. so y'all tell me how would y'all feel if y'all got that call? that was my nephew. that was my blood. that was like my heart.
>> this is all happening just miles away from the trial of derek chauvin, the former officer accused of killing another black man, george floyd, just last year. now, these two tragedies in the twin cities metro area have been tearing at racial divides and adding to the tension. our sara sidner has been closely covering both cases and explains what she witnessed on monday and what led up to it. >> reporter: the crowd was there, you can see the police all out. we are getting a huge amount of cs gas, you are hearing some of those flash banks, but you are also seeing people throw fireworks towards the police department and so you're getting a lot of back and forth. when you hear those pops, a lot of times that's fireworks. that's a firework. you see it there. but then you will also hear these very loud booms, that is usually a flashbang and then you will start seeing gas come flying over the fence there.
people have been trying to break through that fence. the police have been reacting by trying to do less than lethal rounds at the crowd, but, you know, we are in a neighborhood. by the way, look to my right here, these are apartment complexes all the way around, this is one big apartment complex. so you have folks that are living here, you can see people in the windows looking out, but it is a really, really rough scene right now. this is all we have to remember because of a police-involved shooting where a female officer shot and killed daunte wright. he was in the car, folks are running because the cs gas is strong, but he was in the car, he was trying to get out of handcuffs as they were trying to arrest him, he got in the car, the officer yelled taser, taser, and ended up using her firearm instead and you hear her curse and say, i just shot him. the police chief came out right away and said here is the video of what happened because there were a lot of rumors going on and he showed that to the crowd.
that didn't necessarily calm things down because people are so incensed that another young black man has been killed by a police officer. i have been here since the beginning of the altercation with george floyd that left him unable to breathe with former officer derek chauvin and the other officers. we have been here for the jury selection, we've been here for the trial and there's been this sense of underlying tension this whole time because people are watching this trial, feeling all these really strong emotions and now you have another police officer shooting that took the life of a 20-year-old. >> now, earlier the mayor of brooklyn center, minnesota, asked the protesters outside the police station well past curfew to go home and he expressed his condolences to daunte wright's family. >> the family is just so gracious, even in this time of hurt and all they want -- all they want is just justice to be
done for their son, for there to be full transparency and accountability and that is what we are committed to doing. so, you know, i'm calling on all of the folks who are -- who care about what happened and the folks who are protesting, protesting is your right, it is important. i'm asking everybody to go home. we need to keep the peace in our city. we need to make sure that people can gather peacefully as well and continue to express their grief. >> now, this is happening in the minneapolis area where derek chauvin murder trial is taking place. attorney benjamin crump who is representing the family of george floyd spoke to cnn earlier about the shooting of daunte wright, blasting the disparity in how police handle white and plaque suspects. >> the fact that this young man hadn't killed anybody, hadn't harmed anyone and was not
putting those officers in danger. he was trying to get away from them and yet again like jacob blake, like anthony mcclain, like so many other young black men who are running from the police not putting them in violence or fear or threat, they shoot first and ask questions later. the fact that you have young white men like the ones in atlanta who shot the people in the asian spas, you take them alive, but yet you always end up killing us. when you had people like the young white man in parkland, florida, who shot up the school, you took him alive, but then you shoot us. just like dylann roof shot up the church in south carolina, you took him alive but you shoot this young man who we believe should have never been stopped in the first place, especially when we're dealing with something so senseless going on in minneapolis. so, don, it is an emotional time
because we're just tired of them killing us unjustifiably over and over and over again. >> and alongside family lawyer ben crump there was george floyd's brother philonise. he discussed his testimony with don lemon and reacted to the latest officer-involved shooting sending a message out to daunte wright's mother. >> at times like this we can't have this because i miss my brother and she's going to miss her son and we will stand in solidarity with her and speak up because we have to stop this violence right now. being in that courtroom, i seen my brother killed over 100 times every day, constantly, and i know over 1,000 times within this year. my brother, i know he's looking
down right now and he's proud of me for the things -- and my family for what we're doing, but at the same time, don, we have to get justice for my brother because justice for george floyd means justice for all right now. if a black man can't get justice for this, what can a black man get justice for in america? >> and cnn's omar jimenez is in minneapolis and has more on philonise floyd's emotional testimony inside the courtroom. >> reporter: for the first time the family of george floyd took the stand against the man accused of murdering one of their own, amid a trial that's remained personal throughout. >> that is my mother, she is no longer with us right now, but that's my oldest brother george.
i miss both of them. >> reporter: a different type of expert testimony. an expert on who george floyd was. >> he showed us like how to treat our mom and how to respect our mom. he just -- he loved her so dearly. >> reporter: the same mother he cried out for in some of his final moments. but it wasn't just emotion monday, excessive use of force returned as a subject of testimony. >> both the nia cross mr. floyd's neck and the prone restraint were unreasonable, excessive and contrary to generally accepted police practices. >> reporter: medicine also remaining a familiar theme. this time in the form of a cardiologist. >> do you have an opinion as to whether george floyd would have lived if not for mr. chauvin's restraint of him for 9 minutes and 29 seconds on the ground? >> yes, i believe he would have lived. >> reporter: his testimony falls in line with doctor -- >> there's no evidence to
suggest he would have died that night, except for the interactions with law enforcement. >> reporter: -- after doctor -- >> a healthy person subjected to what mr. floyd was subjected to would have died as a result of what he was subjected to. >> reporter: -- who has taken the stand in the trial. >> i believe that mr. george floyd's death was absolutely preventable. >> reporter: he rejected two pillars of the defense's argument that the drugs fentanyl and methamphetamine could be the cause of death or maybe a heart problem. >> did you find any evidence that mr. floyd had any negative heart conditions? >> there was absolutely no evidence to suggest that at all. >> reporter: turning the tables on chauvin's defense attorney when he suggested it was the actions of george floyd that led to his death. >> if mr. floyd had simply gotten in the back seat of the squad car, do you think that he would have survived? >> had he not been restrained in the way in which he was, i think
he would have survived that day. >> reporter: and the judge in this case says the defense on tuesday will begin to present its case. that means they will be able to start calling witnesses just like the prosecution has. prosecution has called more than 30 over the course of this so far. when you look ahead the journal says he expects closing arguments in the trial for derek chauvin to begin on monday, april 19th. at that point the jury will be sequestered and then we will await a verdict. omar jimenez, cnn, minneapolis. the white house adviser for covid response says the u.s. is on track to hit its vaccination goals. and in a matter of days all adults are expected to become vaccine eligible. america's top infectious disease expert who is fully vaccinated explained what he would be comfortable doing. >> i would -- i mean, in an outdoor restaurant right now
where we are, i would not hesitate to do that. but the fact is i just haven't done t i would not hesitate to go to an outdoor baseball game. i would wear a mask because i'm out there in the community. my risk would be extremely low, particularly if i wear a mask. i'm someone that is a bit risk averse, but i would not hesitate to sit in an open stands and watch the nats play at all. in michigan vaccines can't come fast enough, but federal health officials have rejected the governor's request for additional doses as covid cases surge in her state. instead they are sending more vaccinators to get shots out quicker. >> the variants that we have seen in michigan, those variants are also present in other states. so our ability to vaccinate people quickly in each of those states rather than taking vaccines and shifting it to playing whack-a-mole isn't the
strategy that public health leaders and scientists have laid out. montreal's latest covid curfew has been met with protests. the city like many parts of canada is seeing a spike in cases. prime minister justin trudeau says the next few weeks are crucial to give a chance for vaccines to take hold but as paula newton reports the vaccines likely arrived too late for canada to avoid a third wave. >> reporter: doctors frustrated, exhausted as a growing third wave of covid cases spreads across canada even more serious than the first two. and vaccines are arriving far too late to stem the surge. one horrifying look inside canadian icus filled to capacity and beyond, and it's clear, doctors say, canada's vaccine shortage is now their problem. >> we went through a period where we were rapidly trying to immunize our health care
workers, both first and second doses, to all of a sudden we're not getting the supply we thought we would. we have nothing. it went down to i remember weeks when there was no vaccine. vaccines change the game of this pandemic. >> reporter: and canada is still on the losing end. for a country that had categorically claimed to have secured more doses per capita than any other in the world, doses have not arrived in time and doctors say the early vaccine drought will cost lives. prime minister justin trudeau says canada no longer has any domestic production for vaccines, unlike the u.s. and uk was not able to ramp up domestic manufacturing. so canadians are at the mercy of imports, not even from their american neighbor, but from europe. >> we continue our discussions with the american administration on getting more doses into canada. >> reporter: the biden administration sent 1.5 million doses of the ast sflen can a vaccine to canada in recent weeks, but there is no announced plans so far to send more.
and from europe canada has received more than 8 million total doses, all of it not enough for a country of nearly 38 million people, forcing most canadians, including front-line workers, to get only one dose with the second shot postponed as long as four months. that's prompted the head of the world renowned university of ottawa heart institute to plead with the ontario government to quickly get a second dose to medical staff. >> it's not a small problem, paula. it's not a small problem. people are exhausted. we see staff not coming to work because they may have covid. not hospitalized, but they have symptoms, they stay home even with one dose. >> reporter: and the weeks ahead will be more gut wrenching still. many provinces are now locking down and triaging and transferring patients, activating surge capacity in its health care system that is now under threat of covid-19 like
never before. paula newton, cnn, ott a what you. german chancellor angela merkel is meeting with cabinet members to discuss measures to slow a third wave of the virus. she says vaccines must be administered quickly to get the pandemic under control. chancellor merkel and other regional leaders have called for a brief sharp lockdown as germany tries to vaccinate more people. today alone germany has reported almost 11,000 new covid cases. for more on this i want to bring in cnn's jim bittermann who joins us from paris. germany is struggling to contain the virus. what is the latest on these efforts to get it under control? >> reporter: well, they're calling, rosemary, this lockdown a national emergency break. one of the things about germany is that the federal states basically 16 federal states have had control over the
vaccinations and over the way that restrictions are handled. so now angela merkel is going to push for at least according to reports -- is going to put for a unified approach, so a nationwide approach rather than a state by state approach. and the reason for that is because the incidence rate is climbing rapidly, that's the incidence rate is the number of cases per 100,000 population. it was 129 on sunday, today it's 140. so you can see in just a couple of days how fast it's going up. icu beds are full. the icu association said that health care workers are at their limit. so because of all those things the germans realize they have to take some measures, the kind of measures they are going to be taking and the kind that are being talked about, perhaps more lockdowns, more business closures, as well as curfews. and, by the way, rosemary, i should say it's not much better here in france where the
incidence rate is up almost double, double the rate in germany more than 300 and here the icu bed occupancy in france is at a level that it hasn't seen since april 17th of 2020, last year, nearly a year ago. rosemary? >> just incredible, isn't it? jim bittermann joining us live from paris. many thanks. and still to come, iran access israel of an tajjing one of its nuclear facilities, an incident that now threatens to undermine nuclear talks with the united states. we're back in just a moment.
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♪ welcome back, everyone. well, the u.s. and iran are set to resume indirect talks tomorrow on returning to the 2015 nuclear deal. this comes just days after an apparent attack on the natanz nuclear facility in iran. tehran access israel of sabotaging the site and is calling for revenge, but israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is vowing iran will never get a nuclear weapon. cnn's fred pleitgen is following
this story from berlin. >> reporter: it's still unclear how big the damage has been to the natanz nuclear facility but the iranians do seem to be very angry about this incident but also very defiant in its after matt. we're hearing from the head of iran's atomic agency that repair work has already began on the natanz facility and an emergency power system has been restored as well. of course, the iranians from the very beginning have said about this incident that there was a power failure, however, they said no one was seriously injured and that no radiation was leaked, either. meanwhile, iranian politicians blasting israel, for instance, iran's foreign minister saying zionists want to take revenge on the iranian nation for their success, meaning iran's success in the course of lifting sanctions we will not not allow the zionists and will take revenge from the zionists for this action. the iranians not saying what exactly that revenge is going to
look like but they have said that natanz is going to continue operating. the iranians have said that they are going to put more advanced centrifuges into natanz to make it, as they put it, more potent and more effective than it even was before. now, of course, all of this comes at a very important juncture as the u.s. and iran at least indirectly are negotiating about trying to salvage the iran nuclear agreement. the iranians have always been saying that they don't want a nuclear weapon, the israelis say that they, for instance, don't believe that, but right now in vienna there are negotiations going on to try to bring the united states back into the nuclear deal and try to bring iran back into full compliance. both iran and the united states have said that they want to save the deal. we do know that the israelis are vehemently opposed to the nuclear agreement. fred pleitgen, cnn, berlin. earlier i spoke with the
editor in chief of the jerusalem post and asked him about iran's warning of revenge. >> how could that revenge look? it could be a number of things. iran is known to have terrorist proxies throughout the middle east, hezbollah in lebanon, hamas and islamic jihad in gaza, the houthis in yemen. they could activate one of these proxies to launch an offensive along israel along one of its borders. they could do something like what they did to the saudi arabian oil refinery where they launched killer drone and ballistic missiles. they have the capabilities and we shouldn't assume that they won't use them. and still to come, protesters on the streets of minnesota for a second night. we show you the fatal moment that sparked these demonstrations. our new scented oils give you our best smelling scents. now crafted with more natural ingredients and infused with essential oils that are 100% natural.
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♪ more now on our top story, a second night of clashes between police and angry protesters in minnesota. the demonstrations began after police fatally shot daunte wright, an unarmed black man during a traffic stop on sunday. police fired tear gas and stun guns to disperse crowds defying a curfew monday night. authorities say protesters were throwing bottles, fireworks and bricks. police say they made some 40 arrests. we are learning more about wright's killing. police have released body cam footage. a warning, though, this report from shimon prokupecz contains
graphic content. >> taser, taser, taser. >> reporter: less than four miles from where derek chauvin is on trial for the death of george floyd -- >> [ bleep ], i just shot him. >> reporter: 20-year-old daunte wright killed during a traffic stop with brooklyn center police officers, a shooting the police chief called an accidental discharge. police body cam footage released monday shows the deadly sunday afternoon altercation. police in brooklyn center just outside of minneapolis pull wright over for an expired tag and try to take him into custody on an outstanding warrant for a gross misdemeanor. >> i felt like the community needed to see it, i needed to be transparent and forthright. >> reporter: after being shot wright drove away after hitting another vehicle blocks away authorities said. police and medical personnel attempted lifesaving measures
following the crash but wright died at the scene. the traffic scene leading to yet another fatal police shooting of a black man. >> there was an expired registration on the vehicle, when he walked up to the car he discovered there was a hanging item from the rearview mirror. >> reporter: wright's mother was on the phone with him when he was stopped and she told cnn affiliates that he said he was pulled over because he had air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror. >> a minute later i called and his girlfriend answered which was the passenger in the car and said that he had been shot. >> reporter: without identifying the officer who shot wright the police chief says the officer is a senior veteran in the department who fired her weapon accidentally. >> it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their advertiser but instead shot mr. wright with a single bullet this. appears to me from what i viewed and the officer's reaction and distress immediately after that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in a tragic death of mr. wright. >> reporter: hours after the shooting hundreds of protesters
took to the streets. they were followed by looters and vandals who the police chief called out during a contentious press conference. >> i was front and center at the protest, at the riot. we did not -- [ inaudible ]. >> there was. so the officers that were putting themselves in harm's way were being pelt wd frozen pans of pop, belted with bricks. we had our helmets on and other protection gear but an officer was injured, hit in the head with a brick. >> reporter: tonight a 7:00 p.m. curfew has been ordered in three counties which include minneapolis, st. paul and brooklyn center to try to contain the unrest. >> those that are angry, heartbroken, sad, fed up, tired, all of the things that they have every reason to feel, but we
also know and we saw it again last night those that would try to take advantage of this to create chaos or damage will not be tolerated. >> shimon prokupecz with that report. well, there are legal restrictions to police officers' use of force. cnn senior legal analyst laura coates explains how it pertains to the deaths of daunte wright and george floyd both at the hands of police. >> a fleeing suspect still deserves to have the use of force continuum applied. you don't just get to use deadly force or some sort of excessive force or even force in general to pursue a fleeing suspect unless there is some basis to believe that the amount of force you're using is reasonable, necessary and proportional. we've been doing this for the better part of two weeks in the derek chauvin trial, this force continuum. nothing about the calculus changes even if the person does have a warrant short of being somebody in an active pursuit of
an ongoing deadly shooting spree or a crime of some sort. officers need to actually assess the amount of force they're using. >> with every wrongful death of a black american comes the pain of a system which is still flawed. sabrina fulton has experienced that pain every day. her teenage son trayvon martin was shot and killed while unarmed in 2012. she says policies may be in place to keep black americans safe, but they are not being enforced. >> if we can see a video of a man being killed, a man's last breath, a man calling out for his mother, we definitely need to do some more reforms. we definitely need to do -- make sure that we have different policies and procedures and they're being enforced. i think that's the problem. i think we have policies and procedures in place but they're not being enforced.
so we have to witness people being killed, people being shot in the back, people with a knee on their neck, people just for trivial things being killed. and still ahead on "cnn newsroom," japan plans to release treated wastewater into the sea triggering major concern from china and south korea. we will have a live report from tokyo next. what's the #1 retinol brand used most by dermatologists? it's neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair® smooths the look of fine lines in 1-week, deep wrinkles in 4. so you can kiss wrinkles goodbye! neutrogena® - in business, customer support is mission critical. with grammarly business, you can turn your frontline reps
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♪ welcome back, everyone. japan says it plans to release treated wastewater into the sea from the crippled fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. it will prove the release will start in two years. the water was contaminated after the 2011 nuclear disaster. china and south korea say they oppose the decision, but japan
insists the water is safe and the u.s. says the move meets global standards. so let's bring in cnn's blake essig, he joins us live from folk joe. what is the latest on reaction to japan's decision to release this water into this sea? >> reporter: rosemary, the criticism same swift, especially from south korea and china who referred to japan's decision today by saying that they have grave concerns for the idea of dumping this treated, but once -- once upon a time contaminated water into the ocean. south korea specifically talked about the 30,000 tons of seafood that they buy from japan on a yaerl basis and said that officials would reconsider buying that fish from japan if the water is disposed into the ocean. we are talking about 1.25
million tons of water that is currently being stored in 1,000 tanks at the sea side plant there in fukushima. the recorders of it at this point are still contaminated, they need to be treated again in order to reach the level where they are safe -- where it's safe to be able to be released into the ocean. now, we talked to the general director of the international atomic energy agency recently to talk about the environmental impact of dumping that water into the ocean. >> there is no impact of any kind to the water, to fish or to the sentiments. i should say this is not an essay, this is not a try out. this is being done and has been done for many, many years in different nuclear power plants
in every continent. >> the local criticism has also been very loud, especially from the fishermen who make a living off the coast of fukushima. here is their reaction to today's decision. >> translator: they made a promise to us fisher men that they will not release the water unless they talk to us and get agreement to us, but they broke it today by the single word of the prime minister. they are not thinking about us at all, at least they should have explained to us before they did this. >> reporter: rosemary, perception is reality and the reputational damage that dumping this water into the ocean could do to the fishermen is a big concern. >> absolutely. blake essig joining us live from tokyo, many thanks. well, the biden administration has been struggling with an influx of migrants and thousands have been
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visit petmeds.com today. after violent protests over the death of daunte wright in minnesota the u.s. president says the upsetting circumstances do not justify violence or looting. and he quoted wright's mother. >> the anger, pain and trauma that exists in the black community and that environment is real, it's serious and it's consequential, but it will not justify violence and or looting. we're calling for peace and calm and we should listen to daunte's mom who is calling for peace and calm. >> the president made those remarks while meeting with a group of lawmakers, hoping to drum up bipartisan support for his infrastructure plan. here is phil mattingly with
more. >> reporter: for an hour and 40 minutes president biden sat down with a group of eight lawmakers, four republicans, four democrats, to start the process of walking through his next cornerstone agenda item a $2.25 trillion infrastructure and jobs package. it is a heavy hill to climb and i think everybody here at the white house understands that. republicans have been very clear from the get-go that they are opposed to what president biden has put on the table, however, during that discussion according to people that were involved the president was engaged throughout, spent most of the time talking about his proposal but also getting into the details of different elements. one major hang up, well, how the president proposes to pay for that proposal, largely on the back of corporations, raising the corporate rate from 21% up to 28%. that corporate rate was moved to 21% by republicans back in 2017 under the president donald trump and for republicans tinkering with that corporate rate at all is basically a nonstarter. that was something that was said in the meeting with the president today.
however, it is very clear the president wants to negotiate. take a listen. >> i'm prepared to negotiate as to how -- the extent of the infrastructure project as well as how we pay for it, but if we can get a serious conversation about how to do that. i think everyone acknowledges we need significant increase in infrastructure, it's going to get down to what we call infrastructure. some people don't think that -- i'm not suggesting anybody here has that view, but there are a lot of folks saying that the fact that we have millions of people not able to drink water because there's lead that's coming through lead pipes, i think that's infrastructure. i think broadband is infrastructure. it's not just roads, bridges, highways, et cetera. that's what we're going to talk about and i'm confident everything is going to work out perfectly. >> reporter: all that being said the reality is the two sides are extremely far apart at this point in time. however, in good faith the
president is in terms of how he wants to negotiate, democrats on capitol hill are only willing to give republicans a couple of weeks to come on board, put their proposals on the table and see if there is a way to thread the needle between the two sides. keep in mind president biden plans to propose a second part of his infrastructure proposal in just a couple of weeks. also expected to be in the 1 to 2 trillion dollar range something democrats are considering putting into a single bill and trying to move it through capitol hill. whether or not republicans come on board now it seems rather unlikely but president biden acknowledging that this is going to be a very lengthy pro certification months on end, serious legislative negotiations on capitol hill and here in the white house. he is at least willing to have the discussion. phil mattingly, cnn, the white house. >> and the white house says it has cut deals with neighboring countries to ease the migrant crisis along the southern u.s. border. mexico, honduras and guatemala have all apparently agreed to increase security at their borders to prevent traffickers
and smugglers from heading north. u.s. customs and border protection caught more than 170,000 people trying to cross into the u.s. in march. some of those migrants are now living in limbo and in fear. rosa flores explains. >> reporter: some of the more than 100,000 migrants expelled by the biden administration last month ended up here, at a plaza located in the crime and kidnapping hot spot that is ray knows is a, mexico, living in squaller and with impossible choices. this woman says her husband and daughter face certain death if they return to el salvador where their family business couldn't cover a $200 a month extortion fee to criminal gangs. she says she just wants to work and provide for her daughter. she and so many expelled migrants are surrounded by the same dangers they fled.
like this 31-year-old woman from honduras who is now in a faith-based shelter, clutching a pink rosary. she says she promised to carry the beads during her journey for protection. we can't show you her face because late last month she says she was kidnapped from a street near the dangerous plaza, kept for three days, beaten and raped. her nine-year-old daughter with special needs was with her. wiping away her mother's tears. she says, it was moments of terror. with her faith intact she says she escaped and with her clothes in tatters crossed into the u.s. again. but says immigration officials dumped her right back into reynosa. attorney jennifer harbery has been representing immigrants like her since 2016.
>> the problem created by president trump is so enormous that it's not settled yet. >> reporter: while president joe biden is perceived as more humane than his predecessor some of his decisions have jennifer urging biden to consider their true impact. >> people are being hurt, raped, attacked and killed in northern mexico because we have sent them back. that's not humanitarian. >> reporter: and it leaves many moms like this one from honduras with a sophie's choice. with her special needs child in arms she said she didn't want to separate from her 12 and 16-year-old sons on the banks of the rio grande. they had been expelled to mexico twice under the pandemic public health rule which allows for the swift return of migrants to mexico. when her oldest son told her he wanted to cross alone with his brother because the biden administration was allowing unaccompanied children to enter
the u.s. she says she felt she was dying as she watched her sons cross the river hand in hand. in tears. and then gestured good-bye. she says she misses her sons who are now in a shelter in new york. as for the migrants stuck in this dangerous plaza in reynosa, their american dream is still alive. if you're sitting at home wondering how is it possible that these migrant mothers are allowing their children to enter into the united states alone you have to think of it this way, some of these mothers have been returned into mexico multiple times, straight into reynosa and are there with their children but surrounded by danger, e exposed to kidnapping, extortion, human trafficking. then they learn that the biden administration is allowing unaccompanied minors to enter the united states, they are not rejecting them and some of these