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outpouring of support in atlanta. a rally against hate and what recent violence against asian-americans tell us about race, gender, and class in america. plus, president biden is bringing something to the american presidency, compassion. we head to the southern border as we get new details about how the biden administration is dealing recent rise in unaccompanied children. new questions tonight about the former president's legal liability. his former fixer meeting with prosecutors for an eighth time. michael cohen says there's reason for donald trump to worry. welcome to a new hour of "american voices." in the space of hate, atlanta stands together. today hundreds gathered for a stop the hate rally honoring the eight victims of this week's deadly shooting. their solidarity coming at nbc news obtains new surveillance video. it shows a suspect entering one
of the three spas he attacked more than an hour before doing so. president biden and vice president harris paused their help is on the way tour to address the growing epidemic of anti-asian violence. >> hate can have no safe harbor in america. it must stop. >> racism is real in america. and it has always been. >> as the administration helps america heal from hate, it's also working to get americans vaccinated. the 100 millionth anecdote of coronavirus vaccines were administered friday, beating expectations. president biden also making news announcing he will forgive roughly $1 billion in student loan debt for borrowers that were defrauded by their institutions. yamiche alcindor, white house correspondent. and a lain in a trina.
it is great to see you all. yamiche, when it comes to this conversation we're watching across the country about hate against asian and asian-american communities, what role does the white house see itself as playing? >> the role the white house sees itself as playing and specifically the role that president biden and vice president harris see themselves playing is really as leaders who can really push this country to not only reckon with the injustice and racism that asian-americans and african-americans, latino-americans face, but they see themselves pushing congress with democrats in control of the house and the senate to pass actual legislation so there are laws in place, stronger laws in place to deal with hate crime. you heard the president on friday come out and say that congress should pass swiftly a new hate crime legislation that's moving through that's been introduced by some
asian-american members of congress as well as endorsed by other members of congress. that legislation would really put more authority into the justice department to go after all of these different hate crimes we're seeing. what you see here is a president who campaigned on the idea that he wanted to heal the soul of the nation. and he also, of course, made the commitment and then picked the first african-american and first asian-american woman to be in her position. so he's saying he wants to not only reflect the diversity of this country, but he also wants to really try to get at some of the systemic racism that has plagued our country for so many years. one thing i'll add, we saw in congress where representative roy was talking about an old texas saying talking about rope and the idea that you can find the tallest oak tree. he was talking about the fact that that would be related to justice when, of course, that history is talking about in some ways glorifying lynching. what you see here is that american history is really always been intertwined with racism and with hate against
people, frankly, who are not white. and the president is saying, the white house is saying that they want to look at this, educate ourselves and really change the way that we see our history and interact with people going forward. >> repulsive and unacceptable. lauren, it is striking to see the image of a comforter in chief after not having one for four years. notable also that the president and vice president took time away from the help is here tour in order to make this statement. let's talk a little bit about covid relief. you have 72% of americans supporting biden's covid relief bill, including nearly half of republicans, more than 9 out of 10 democrats. how are most republican lawmakers dealing with the overwhelming popularity of the bill in their home districts despite having voted against it? >> well, they are either not talk about it or they are promoting some of the provisions that help their district, their
states are trying to take credit for a bill that none of them supported, which is exactly what democrats warned is going to be part of democrats' messaging. they're going to try to remind voters we did this without any support from republicans and you can bet this will be a big part of their 2022 messaging. certainly for republicans, it is hard to run against -- it's hard to campaign and message against a bill that is this popular, at least if polls are to be believed. we are hearing them focus very aggressively on the situation at the border, for example, other cultural issues. and i think that by trying to turn to another subject that, you know, excites their base, particularly immigration and the culture wars, that's a way of avoiding the popularity of joe biden's bill. >> alaina, huge immigration legislation passing this week through the house. you wouldn't know it because everyone has been so focused on what is happening at the border.
it brings us to this question of joe biden's plans, his agenda for the next four years and how much of the things he wants to get done, including immigration reform, can be done with the senate, as long as the filibuster is in place. have you seen movement on that this week? >> definitely. what's happening at the border right now, alicia, is a massive problem for the administration. as we see, they came in, they want to talk about the passage of their stimulus bill and talk about getting the economy back on track. they don't want to talk about this overwhelming influx of migrants and really unaccompanied minors coming across the southwest border but that's what's happening and that's where a lot of the attention right now is. yes, joe biden proposed prior to coming to office and is still pushing this massive comprehensive immigration bill, but it's going to be incredibly difficult to get this done when you have a 50/50 senate and
about a fiveperson democratic majority in the house. they're loor looking at doing reconciliation, the process they used to pass that stimulus bill for infrastructure, not really immigration. some of the bills that we did see pass the house this week that virtually have no shot at passing the senate right now are getting 60 votes in the senate. some members who i've spoken with, and senators are talking about tying some of these bills to the next reconciliation package that's supposed to be about infrastructure. but even so, the kind of reforms that we need are going to be very hard to do and a congress right now that is so dead locked. so i think it's something the biden administration is really grappling with. my colleague steph kite reported the biden administration awarded an $86 million contract to a lot of hotels near the border to help kind of stem the influx that we're seeing. but there's a lot that needs to be done to help with this increase that we're seeing across the u.s.-mexico border right now. >> we'll talk about that later in the show.
yamiche, mitch mcconnell threatening to go scorched earth if democrats go through with filibuster reform. isn't that what's happening right now, yamiche? >> in some ways, if you were someone who really looks at the republicans as obstructionists, yes. you would say right now are essentially already lining up to be against a lot of what president biden is talking about. when you look, of course, at the, coach, bill, not a republican vote for that. $1.9 trillion bill. then when you talk about immigration, republicans, while there is this floating legislation with the freshman representative salazar, for the most part republicans, they want to instead really talk about the problems at the border as though the biden administration says they feel like republicans want to focus on that issue, but not actually provide solutions. but again, there's that freshman bill. what you see from republicans is this idea they're getting ready for 2022. mitch mcconnell in familiar is
trying to think of ways to become the majority leader again. so there's a feeling inside the democratic caucus among democrats that i talked to that democrats should really try to get as much done as they can because mcconnell, despite what democrats do, they feel like he's someone who will not work with them because he's not going to want to give the administration something to then go campaign against republicans. when it comes to this 2022 midterm election, what you see there from a lot of republicans is them really trying to politic and trying to really game out how to get the power back from democrats in this moment. and i think that's why you see democrats in some ways wanting to push back, especially, chuck schumer really saying i'm in it for the fight. that's what the democratic pace really wants to see from the democrats here. i think, of course, the thing that's really questioning this and that's complicating this is they have a democratic majority, but you see people like senator manchin and senator sinema who are against the filibuster bill.
joe biden hinted he might be open the fiddling with a couple things with the filibuster, but he hasn't really backed -- he won't say there's legislation that he wants to see without the filibuster. >> we're certainly going to continue to watch this story. thank you all. still to come, more on the attacks targeting asian-americans. why it is impossible to separate the violence from race and gender in american society. plus, the investigations into the former president. what his former lawyer said about his eighth meeting with prosecutors. and why he says donald trump should be very worried. next, we'll go to the southern border where the biden administration says it's working to clean up the mess it inherited with a new dhs secretary saying what they're doing about it now. richard lui looking at the big stories we're watching right now at msnbc. richard? >> hey, alicia. former president trump's mar-a-lago resort is partially closed with a covid outbreak. the president has been living
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there is a lot of finger pointing over what is happening at the border, but one thing is clear, migrants and their families are taking desperate journeys in search of help. yesterday homeland security secretary alejandro mayorkas in a bipartisan group of senators visited el paso to see for themselves. after leaving at a border processing center, senator chris murphy writing on twitter who
saw hundreds of kids packed into big open rooms, adding he fought back tears as a 13-year-old girl sobbed explaining through a translator how terrified she was. as of this week, border patrol officials are currently holding more than 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children in their custody. more than 500 children have been held for over ten days, well over the legal limit of 72 hours in these border patrol facilities. with me is msnbc reporter dasha burns. what are you hearing on the ground there in texas? what are the concerns from those who are working with these migrants? >> reporter: hey, alicia. just about a quarter mile past the wall here, customs and border protection set up a temporary area where they are processing an increasing number of migrant families who are coming here. from there we watched as buses have taken them from that facility over to downtown mcallen where they are dropped off and typically those families take shelter with catholic charities or other nonprofits.
now, my colleague julia ainsley got data that showed 60% of migrant families in february were allowed to stay in the u.s. compared to 38% in january. the biden administration says there has not been a policy change, that the borders are still closed to anyone except the unaccompanied minors we've been talking about, but there has been a reality shift on the ground here as we've been talking to local officials. they tell us that mexico is no longer allowing the u.s. to expel migrant families with children under the age of 6 into their country. so many of them have been able to stay here. that's what we've been seeing here on the ground, a lot of families with very young children. we've been speaking to some of them fleeing desperate situations. i spoke to one mom who said two of her family members were murdered in el salvador. she had to leave her 6-month-old daughter behind. those are the heart wrenching decisions some of these families are making.
the communities in this area are used to this. this is nothing new. they've seen they see surges time and time again, and they are not frustrated with the fact that there are more people, more folks to shelter and to deal with what they are frustrated with, though, alicia, is the politics behind this. i want you to hear from sister nora who runs catholic charities and has been doing this work for many years. take a listen to what she told us. >> do you think that there is some element of a new president in office who says he wants to have a more humane immigration policy? do you think that plays a role in why we're seeing these higher numbers now? >> yes. i think so. but it played a role with our previous president when he came into office and he said he was going to be tougher and this was the best time to come because the wall is going up because we must go because we won't be able to do it after the wall is up.
-- and then go back to washington and not talk to each other at all. alicia? >> dasha, thank you. joining me now, nbc news correspondent juliana ainsley and politico immigration reporter sabrina rodriguez. good to see you both. julia, as you reported, we're seeing issues with how to house these minors. now you have hhs opening a temporary facility in texas. what more do we know? >> well, alicia, we're just learning tonight that they plan to open a new facility. it's a temporary influx facility, something immigration advocates don't like because it means they haven't gone through usual state licensing requirements you would need for a permanent shelter for these children. we're told those permanent shelters can take six months to a year to bring online and go through all those requirements. so right now we know this
facility will be hard sided. it's buildings or trailers. it will initially hold 500 children but could hold up to 2,000. there were no specifics on whether it would be a certain gender or age like we know the facility in dallas that opened earlier this week just held teenage boys. this seems to be more open to that. they also said in their statement that they've now been able to build enough capacity for over 13,000 children, but that they desperately need more quickly in order to alleviate that overcrowding in the centers like dasha is outside of right now. >> sbrooerngs i don't think it is an accident that my colleague, juliana ainsley continues to use the word "desperately" because this is, in fact, a desperate situation. you were recently at the border. tell us what you saw, what you heard, what struck you most from that reporting trip.
>> alicia, i think the biggest takeaway from that trip for me was to remind people that we're talking about human beings. you know, when we're in washington, d.c., covering this, it's so much about the politics and kind of -- the expression that you kept hearing when talking to local officials down there is seeing these migrants used as political pawns. and i think that was the biggest takeaway. i mean, we're talking about people that everyone i met said, you know, yes, maybe biden's administration, his messaging, him saying he was going to do things so radically different than trump, this country will welcome me. however, they were coming for reasons of, you know, threats of their children being kidnapped, seeing family members that died, having devastation post-the hurricanes last year in their home country. so i think that's one of the biggest takeaways is just this fact that we're talking about this issue and talking about policy and politics, but at the end of the day, these are human beings. >> julia, there was talk of the
biden administration to get mexico to help more with this challenge. now there are reports the administration is considering flying migrants to northern states along the canadians border to process them. what do we know about these options? >> we know these conversations are coming after a surge that we've really just been hearing about in recent days. the public data we get is from the previous month. i mean, this is absolutely right. we're talking about human beings here. but what we're also getting are numbers. that's what they're making these decisions based on, the numbers. so we saw that just in the rio grande valley yesterday they had over 2,000 apprehensions, far beyond what we would have seen on a daily rate last month. they're talking about holding some children in hotels through a partnership with ngos, and they're also discussing according to reports from "the washington post" flying immigrants to the northern border. now, it wouldn't be unusual to process immigrants and release them in a different sector of the border from which they
arrived. that has happened before. and a deterrence method, technically dhs isn't supposed to use policy to deter immigration. that's considered inhumane and illegal. but in this case we're talking about flying them to the northern border. it's unclear where exactly how quickly that could happen, but a good point that was raised by "the washington post" we would all wonder is how in the world are at the going to outfit these people to go to places like montana, michigan, when it is so cold now and these people packed for a trip to texas, to think about just sure logistics, how would they care "b" care for when they're released there. going back to the families, the most important group we're looking at now. the families are the groups that the biden administration wanted to expel using that title 42 authority that allows the administration to expel immigrants during the pandemic. instead, mexico refused to take
a lot of them back. we know as of yesterday 90% of those families were staying in the united states because mexico said they were at capacity. that is where the u.s. wants to work with mexico to expand the capacity. they're also talk about those families would probably be some of the first to be processed on the northern border. and then even more so we're talking about a policy now where the u.s. is pressuring mexico through the power of the purse to enforce our border further south than the u.s.-texas border. it would be down before they even enter mexico. in a way, it's paying another country to do the work of u.s. immigration enforcement. when it's done outside of our border, well, our laws and our humanitarian principles don't always apply. that's where this administration could get in trouble with the advocates that were so hopeful about these new policies. >> sabrina and julia, thank you both for your reporting. next, the attacks in atlanta, what it says about race, gender, and work in america. we'll be right back.
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the attack on three asian-owned spas in the atlanta area is shining a light on what asian-american women face in the workplace and in their daily lives. if you were to believe the murderer's confession, race had nothing to do with the killings. the son of one of the victims tells nbc news that is hard to believe. >> you can't say this isn't racially motivated. you don't kill eight people on a bad day, let alone one. >> experts agree and suggest you can't disregard race in this case given the historical fetishization of asian women. jessica price and the executive director of the national asian pacific american women's forum. thank you both for being here. jessica, there are entire theses
dedicated to this question, but why can't we separate race and gender from this attack? >> thanks, alicia. first of all, it has just been a heavy week, a tragic week. my heart goes out to the victims and their families. it feels like nothing that we do is adequate, but we're doing our best to tell these stories. yeah, there has been -- we are seeing, you know, calls from experts that the possible motivates shared by police of sex addiction, which is not recognized as a disorder, sort of erasing interactions between racism and misogyny, the idea that it can only be one. people are taking issue with that and saying that perhaps it is both. and so, you know, there is -- there is a long history to this. there's obviously a huge military presence in asian countries, particularly vietnam, the philippines, korea, and japan. and so, you know, at these base
camps because of impoverished conditions, camps were set up and women would visit. perhaps it created this idea that some western men feel entitle today asian bodies. and some of these women got caught up in sex trades and ended up in the u.s. and western countries and began working in massage parlors and spas because of no other choice. that's where some of this historical stereotyping perhaps comes from. >> how much of these stereotypes, how much of the fetishization is rooted in this history? >> oh, i think it's all rooted in this history, right? i want to take it even further back than when the u.s. started to have military presence in asia. it goes all the way back to 1875 with the passage of the page act. what that act did, what congress did with that act was to ban chinese or east asian women from
coming to the united states as a way to control the chinese population growth in western united states. and what the act actually says is that we have to ban the east asian women because they're prostitutes. so off the bat, you know, asian women have always been seen as, you know, sex objects that's to be consumed. just to add to the narrative that was just shared, i think it is at the foundation of when asian-americans were introduced to white americans here in the united states. and so, you know, most of the ways that asian-american women experience racism in the united states is in a sexist way. it's racialized sexual harassment and sexual violence. that's how we experience racism for the most part in the united states. >> the son of one of the victims, hundred jong grant
talked about his mom's work ethic. obviously she didn't have money when she came. for a year, she had to leave us with another family. we never saw her. we would just get calls from her. we would see her in person every now and again but it's super spaced out. talk to me about the economic reality that a lot of these women, particularly immigrants, find themselves in. >> yeah. i'm so glad you asked that question because i think when most americans think about asian-americans, we think about the model minority myth where asians are doing really well. we're all lawyers, doctors, and engineers, and that's absolutely not true and that's definitely the case with the women that we saw in this tragic shooting. there are so many asian-american women, especially immigrant generation, who come to this country and are working in service industries across the board. whether it's certified nurses aides, taking care of telluride and sick in nursing homes, or
providing child care as nannies, or serving food or doing beauty work, massage work. there are so many asian-american women who are completely invisible to us because we stereotype asian-american women as being highly educated and living in higher income. >> right, invisible and hypervisible at the same time. jessica, research released this week from stop aapi hate shows these incidents ranged from slurs to physical attacks. it's worth noting women reported twice as many incidents as men, making up 68% of the reports. what is the gender imbalance there? >> yeah. i mean, we have been reporting on these numbers. we don't know the motive of this. people are pointing out six asian were killed at a time when hate crimes increased 150%
nationwide. people are calling on this to be classified as a hate crime that it was motivated by gender and race. the suspect would have needed to have said something in the moment, have written something online, shown indication of this bias. you know, some are pointing out for asians, there's not actually a symbol of racism like a swastika, which obviously has horrific associations, so the proof might be more obscured. some experts are also pointing to the fact that perhaps people committing hate crimes or incidents might know not to say something to provide proof because it can carry a greater sentence. >> what do those numbers tell you? >> it tells me asian-american women are much more susceptible to violence in public, right? that's what's essentially happening. while the numbers have been, you know, solidified and we're
talking about it during coronavirus times, asian-american women have not been safe on the streets for a very long time. >> thank you both so much for joining me. next, the ex-daughter-in-law of donald trump's money man is talking. >> what do you think he could tell investigators? >> everything they would ask. >> as allen weissleberg the biggest legal liability for the former president. katie phang weighs in. if you need something to look forward to, now might be the time to book a post-pandemic getaway. we'll be right back. that means... best burger ever. intuit quickbooks helps small businesses be more successful with payments, payroll, banking and live bookkeeping.
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manhattan prosecutors are closing in on donald trump. his former lawyer predicting charges are on the way after an eighth interview with investigators. >> each and every time they're drilling down more and more and mor. yeah, you're going to see very soon in my opinion indictments start flying. >> also speaking out, a woman with close ties to the trump organization's chief financial officer, allen weissleberg. his ex-daughter-in-law, jennifer weissleberg, says she's met with the manhattan district attorney's office several times. joining me now to discuss these developments, trial attorney and msnbc legal contributor katie phang. always good to see you. michael cohen had a message for trump organization cfo allen weissleberg. take a listen. >> unless you want to spend some
time in a camp like i did and you want to put your boys at risk, i'm pretty sure that he'll be providing information to the district attorney. >> katy, how much pressure is he under to assist investigators? what could he reveal? >> you will recall, alicia, he's been under pressure for a while. this is not the first time we've heard allen weissleberg's name. it's been around since the stormy daniels time when there were the hush payments that were made. as a result of that, allen had a tough choice, right? he is the guy who knows proverbially where the bodies are buried. hemp fred trump, donald trump's father. fred trump told allen to go with donald trump to watch after donald as he took fred's money to be able to run the trump organization. and so allen has been present for private conversations between not only donald trump and michael cohen and several others, and we all know the story about al capone.
convicted of tax evasion, not convicted of murder or bribing jurors. and so allen weissleberg could be the source of information that prosecutors in cy vance's office have been waiting for. >> she and her husband received an apartment overlooking central park. here's what she told tom winter. >> so you thought the apartment you were living in was a gift? this is a congratulations -- >> i wrote them a thank-you note. >> and all along it was a trump corporation gift. >> i didn't understand these things, i was a ballet dancer. >> why did this arrangement catch the attention of the manhattan d.a.'s office? >> because it's one of several assets of the trump organization that's under scrutiny in terms of whether or not there were misrepresentations made concerning the value, the use,
the utilization of a particular asset. and so, as we know, millions of pages of documents have been turned over by it covers 2011 to 2019, and so there's a lot of information there. alicia, i want to be clear. it's not just the tax returns that have been turned over. it's engagement agreements, it's financial statements, it's the source documents, the bank account records that have been turned over. mark performance rants who went after john gotti as a prosecutor, he's actually there now as a special assistant d.a. helping cy vance. >> let's talk about cy vance and the timing. he's setting up aside in january. how likely do you think it is we'll see charges against trump before then? >> before january --
-- by the district attorney's office to be able to assist in the review of these records. maybe before cy vance is gone, but we know for a fact he's announced to the entire office although he's stepping down in january, he's not going to tell this investigation to pump the brakes and that if there is probable cause, i bet you, alicia, we're going to see charges against donald trump and others. >> katie, trump is also the target of a criminal case in georgia where the fulton county d.a. is considering racketeering charges. what would the use of the rico act mean for trump and for his associates? >> racketeering requires a conspiracy as well as overt acts to further this conspiracy. but if we see the conduct of donald trump in concert with others, meaning that he worked with others to be able to advance this concept of voter suppression or voter fraud or to be able to put pressure on
georgia officials to be able to change records, to be able to announce fraudulently that the votes were wrong, then maybe, just maybe, we'll see rico charges. but alicia, i have to caution, rico is tough in a criminal capacity and a civil case. so we want to be very careful that rico may not be the charge. it might be something as simple as some type of bribery or some type of overt kind of oppression or kind of, you know, force or duress that's being imposed upon the georgia officials to be able to change the results of the official elections. >> katie phang, thank you always. good to see you. next, dreaming of that post-pandemic vacation. why now may be the time to plan it. plus, the video that will make you wonder what year it is and if title ix still exists. we'll be right back. i mean it... uh-oh, sorry... oh... what? i'm an emu! no, buddy! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty, liberty, liberty, liberty. ♪
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it all thursday, put on instagram by stanford university sports performance coach ali kurgsner. it shows the weight room setup for the ncaa womens and mens basketball tournaments. where would you prefer to train? the online backlash was swift and strong enough to trigger this statement from the ncaa. claiming the unequal facilities are a lack of space. >> the ncaa came out with a statement saying it wasn't money it was space that was a problem. let me show y'all something else. here's our practice court and here's that weight room, and here's all this extra space. if you aren't upset about this problem then you're a part of it. >> this morning right here on msnbc prince was asked if she feared backlash posting that video. >> were you worried at all the ncaa or others within the body
might kind of try to have some backlash on you for posting this stuff? >> i mean i always knew there might be some sort of push back, but doesn't matter. i feel like using my voice and try to change things is all that matters to me, so if there was i would have been upset, but there wasn't. >> really into that energy. and this afternoon a new update from sports journalist holly row tweeting out this video of a newly renovated womens weight room of the ncaa. bravo to them for their very effective callouts. now maybe we can figure out how to capture, call out and correct all the other unequal elements of the playing field. that's it for today. i'm elycia menendez. i'm going to be talking to actress olivia mund against hate of members of the asian-american
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