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ingenuity" is about to take flight this week. i'm ready to geek out. hope you are, too. "velshi" starts now. good morning. i'm ali velshi. we have a big plate of news this morning. the latest on president biden's goal to get gun violence under control, a live look from guatemala as to why so many migrants are trying to get to the united states, something really cool nasa is doing on mars today, and the nation's most anti-transgender legislation, which is set to go into effect against the wishes of one state's republican governor. we're learning new details regarding the january 6th insurrection. according to a previously undisclosed document prepared by the pentagon for internal use, that was obtained by the associated press and vetted by current and former government officials, as the insurrectionists former president failed to do anything
about the attack on the capitol. in fact, cheered it on in social media. former vice president pence was hiding in a secure room from those who wanted to hang him. urgently and desperately demanded the acting defense secretary, acting because the country didn't have a confirmed one at the time, to, quote, clear the capitol. nbc news reached out to pence who declined comment and separately in a call with pentagon leaders, general mark milly pleaded they, quote, "must establish order." something that wouldn't happen for many hours. and this week the inspector general of the capitol police is appearing before lawmakers to testify about the preparedness and response to the attack and he reportedly doesn't have good things to say. separately, the house subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis is holding a hearing this week with dr.s fauci, wolenski, and kessler examining the biden
administration. as we've learned over the past year a rise in deaths following several weeks later. as for another one of biden's big priorities, taking on the pandemic is gun violence in america. the president took action this week mainly on red flag law guidance, but also calling on congress pass a new assault weapons ban and a ban on high capacity magazines. on our show yesterday, house majority whip told me another thing congress should address now, the fact that when you go to buy a gun, if your clearance isn't granted within three days, you automatically get to buy the gun anyway. >> why is it so important to get a gun in three days? there's nothing about having a gun within ten days that is so
important. i think question get a bipartisan bill done. i didn't mean that if the senate were to get to the ball they're going to pass. >> meanwhile, in another story we'll be hearing about, there's another situation involving excessive use of force by police. this time it involves an army officer in fatigues. we should warn you, some viewers may find the following footage disturbing. according to a new lawsuit, police in virginia pulled their guns on and pepper sprayed u.s. army lieutenant who is black and latino. according to the lawsuit, at least one of the officers implied a threat of execution during the encounter. the police report states they initially pulled over the lieutenant for not having license plates all though nazario recently purchased the
vehicle said the temporary ones were visible and taped to the back window of the vehicle, which is how it works 234 virginia. police said that he didn't immediately pull over. something nazario admits did happen. he put on his hard -- hazard lights before drive a mile to a gas station and this happened. >> get out of the car. get out of the car now. what is going on? get out of the car. >> you received the order. obey it. >> i'm honestly -- >> yeah. you should be. >> get out. back up. >> whoa. hold on. hold on. >> get out of the car and get on the ground now.
>> take the seat belt off and get out of the car. >> nbc news has been trying to reach the police involved. we haven't heard back. msnbc and nbc will have the latest on the story as it develops throughout the day. in roughly 24 hours, the trial of derek chauvin is set to resume with the testimony of a heart specialist from northwestern medicine who was scheduled to testify on friday but got moved because of timing. the prosecution is expected to rest early this week and so far it's made quite quite clear how george floyd actually died. >> the cause of death is a low level of oxygen that caused the brain damage and the heart to stop. >> mr. floyd died from asphyxia, which is a fancy way of saying he died because he had no oxygen left in his body. >> the primary reason is asphyxia or low oxygen. >> in my opinion, the subdual
restraint was more than mr. floyd could take. >> joining me now is the award-winning self right -- civil rights attorney nakemia leavy armstrong. let's talk about this. we had a number of officers testify against derek chauvin, including his police chief, which is virtually unheard of. some people are saying maybe the blue wall of silence is deteriorating. i wonder whether derek chauvin and his actions were indefensible and that blue wall of silence is pretty much there, if they can get away with it. >> i think that's part of it. in the aftermath of the murder of george floyd at the hands of derek chauvin and the officers, 14 minneapolis police officers penned a letter raising concern about what happened and saying they want -- however, overall
the folks of the minneapolis police department has not -- it seems to be a symbolic question. i know -- personally. and trying to transform the culture all though he inherited, unfortunately, a racist, violent police force >> the chief testified that when he first got news of this. he got u it through official channels and saw a city camera, which is the camera from the angle we were just showing. showing the police in the car with cup foods in the back. he hadn't seen the video that the world had seen. this is what aradando saw. this angle. he didn't see the other video the rest of the world had seen until, he says, a civilian called him to tell him about it. you were the civilian who called
him to tell him about it. at least to the extent he did the right thing, you're pleased that work. sometimes you tell police about things and they don't do anything. >> absolutely. he was really surprised when i told him not only about the existence of the bystander video but witness accounts of what had actually happened out on the streets. so once he -- we had that conversation. i heard from the mayor a few hours later and by the next morning, the chief had assembled several black community leaders along with the fbi and the bureau of -- [ inaudible ] moments later, he made the unprecedented decision to fire all four officers involved in the death of george floyd. >> so when you look at the things that happened so far, the city settlement with the floyd family, this -- the stuff we're hearing at the trial that does feel different, it does feel like bearing witness to the
experience that so many black people have been telling us for decades they've been having with police. one wonders whether things will change as a result. you're less sure there's any kind of paradigm shift underway in america right now? >> well, i think that in some jurisdictions there has been a shift. so, for example, recently new york city became the first jurisdiction in the country to -- [ inaudible ] we have also seen steps that have been taken in other parts of the country regarding transforming their police department. i think in the state of minnesota, things have been pretty slow. we have pushed bills at the legislature which would transforming the police system here. it seems difficult to get our elected officials to step up to the plate. and enact those changes that we know would have a significant difference regarding officer conduct as well as accountability. >> so change is slow but i'm
hopeful as we continue taking to the streets and applying pressure, that something significant will change. the fact the world joined us in protest is a sign of a major shift in this country. >> yeah. when i was in minneapolis talking to people there, that was one of the biggest things they've felt had shifted. at least a lot of people have joined arms with their black brothers and sisters in understanding this and fight for justice. thank you. meanwhile, the gop's war on voting rights across the country continues in texas. the state senate has passed a bill limiting extended early voting hours, prohibiting drive through voting, banning local election officials from proactively sending vote by mail applications, and allowing poll watchers to video record voters receiving assistance in filling out their ballots, among other
measures. essentially allowing poll watchers to intimidate voters. the legislature is also currently considering legislation restricting the number of voting machines at country wide -- county wide polling places. according to the brennan center for justice, the texas legislature is currently considering more than 100 proposals to severely restrict voting rights and voting access. and now nbc news learned texas republicans are actively trying to recruit an army, really, of 10,000 poll watchers to fight voter fraud in houston, which is nonexistent and houston is, subsequently, a large minority area. the 2020 election was extremely safe and secure. when absolutely no evidence of wide spread voter fraud of any kind. all of this is based off a delusional and racist fantasy
that was made up for an excuse of losing the presidency, house, senate, and scores of legislative seats across the country. it's not about protecting voting. this is the actual fraud. it's a desperate power grab aimed at preventing the opposition from voting. joining me now is a great friend of the show, roland martin. we have talked to you for years. we have talked for many years about a host of things. we haven't always talked about texas. you're from texas. you live this. you know what it's like to be a black person in texas and right now all of these laws are actually focussed on black and brown people in texas. >> that's 100% true. i'm registered to vote in texas. and the reality, there's no -- democracy in the united states than the republican party. to listen to the gutless leadership of governor greg abbott and lieutenant governor dan patrick shows how sick and demented these people are. there was a news conference where patrick said how dare you
request his integrity and that 18 republicans in the united states senate. well, we can. it's based upon a lie. you have to understand what is going on in texas. democrats have been highly successful in harris county, houston, dallas county, dallas, san antonio, the larger counties in texas. they have decimated the republican party in the suburbs. so this is what this was about. the democrats were five seats away from taking control of texas house in the last election. they didn't because any of those republicans see what is going on. they see latino population driving an increase in congressional seats. so they want to control power as much as they can. frankly, for their largely white base. it's pure and simple. all this nonsense you're seeing, georgia, texas, florida is all because of the lies donald trump. they cannot show any voter fraud
that is what this is about. >> it's important to note in texas, texas is a little bit different from a lot of other states in that the lieutenant governor is particularly powerful. dan patrick is particularly powerful. he presides over the senate which is where the laws get made. he offered a reward of a million dollars for evidence of voter fraud. he hasn't paid the million bucks. this is a guy who said i'll pay you if you find it and they didn't find it. >> right. dan patrick is a deranged individual. he used to be a sports caster in houston. i used to often debate him on a local show on the nbc affiliate and has become even more far right wing conservative as the years has progressed. do i trust him? absolutely not. he is a man of integrity? absolutely not. the republican party is doing, they see the demographic changes. this is white fear that is driving this. we have to call it what it is.
and the real thing that bothers me, ali, i have to say it. i'm disappointed the actions of black people like alan west, like senator tim scott, like alvina king. you're the niece of dr. king but you say nothing? what is even more egregious, you have gutless black republicans who know what they're doing. what they're doing is they're embarrassing the elders, they're embarrassing the ancestors, and they know what the republican party is doing and cowards in not saying anything against this. i -- it's a direct assault on black and latino voters and what they're doing is trying to shave the margins. they see this train coming and instead of trying to appeal to broader voters with policies, they want to say let's cheat and this is pure cheating. >> okay. let me ask you about that.
let me ask you about that. you have told me for years, you have educated me on the power of black conservatives. there are a lot of conservatives in the black community and they can, if they wish to, enter the arena and compete in the field of ideas. but that's not where republicans are going with black people. that's not where republicans are going with latinos right now. they're going somewhere else. they're saying we're going to hold off on letting you vote. we're not going to tell you why it would be worth it for black people and latinos to vote for republicans. >> yeah. they don't want to compete for black votes. they compete more for latino votes. so, like, 70/30 and then pretty much, okay, finally giving up on y'all. it was the trump folks a slim margin that can appeal to black men who are disaffected with both parties. they know black women hate the republican party more than anybody else. they don't want to compete. what angers me when it comes to
black republicans like senator tim scott, like congressman owens, if so you the guts to stand up. be like the late republican senator edward brooke who stood up to southern democrats and moderate republicans and stopped the filibuster of the fair housing act of 1968. stand up and call out your party saying this is not right. we should expand access. how are you opposed what chris harris was doing? how do you oppose that? they don't want to compete with ideas patrick and these folks -- i will do everything in my power to fight this. i'm a man. i'm a black man. i'm a native texan. and what they need to understand, the republican party, listen to me clearly, what my frat brother said, we will fight until hell freezes
over and fight on the ice. there is no greater issue for black folks than the fundamental right to vote. that will never change. >> i'll remind you, senator edward brooke of massachusetts is the guy who kept reintroducing bills to get martin luther king recognized for an annual day that celebrated him. so there is still an opportunity for black republicans to do the right thing here. yeah. good to see you. roland martin of "roland martin unfiltered." the u.s. government picked up a record number of accompanied minors at the border in march. what is driving the migrants to flee their home country? amin mohyeldin is live after this. nearly 100 days since the
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there are new numbers out this week showing immigration authorities detained more than 172,000 migrants at the border last month. it's the highest number in at least 15 years and nearly 19,000 unaccompanied migrant children were picked up in the month of march alone. we have been reporting on the increase of migrants and asylum seekers at the border for a long time now.
there are many reasons why central american migrants choose to leave their home countries and often it is literally a matter of survival. we rarely get an opportunity to learn about the conditions in those countries that lead to this a migration. today we do. my colleague and friend ayman mohyeldin is in guatemala. you're seeing the reasons and conditions why people would leave their homeland and make the perilous trip. >> reporter: we don't use this word lightly, but it is the word that people here use. it's desperation. the conditions are extremely dire when you hear what is happening in the rural part of the country that is fuelling the migration. we are going out into the rural parts of guatemala later today to see those farmlands and the malnutrition. the numbers speak for themselves
what is happening in this country. you're right. it's literally a matter of life and death. yesterday we went to a soup kitchen here in guatemala city, we met a young mother of three, 27 years old. she used to work as a janitor at a school where her children's went to school. when the pandemic hit, she was laid off and lost her income and her source of food, really. she wasn't able to afford to buy food anymore. only had to rely on the soup kitchens in guatemala city to feed her family. literally spent every day going from soup kitchen to soup kitchen to get a meal. in between, trying to sell candy on a street corner just to be able to make a little money to keep her kids afloat with their basic needs. that's one antidotal story. as i was saying, the numbers speak for themselves. this country has been devastated by two hurricanes over the last couple of years. there's been poor harvest. excess rains or dry conditions made farming, which is the base of the economy here in the rural parts, unsustainable. so when you look at the indigenous population of
guatemala in the western highlands, you're talking about numbers of 70% acute malnutrition. acute chronic malnutrition. the world food program, fao say that the price of beans has doubled over the last year and on top of that, you have 3.7 million guatemalas living with food insecurity. it's a matter of life and death. that's why when you ask folks, would you make the dangerous journey to the united states border, they said if i can't feed my children, i have nothing else but to take the journey to be able to survive. haas what it comes down to. you're talking about the big picture questions. how do you reverse this? change it? we're asking the guatemala president tomorrow what his country needs to do. we know the biden administration said it wants to add more resources to this region, but a lot of experts and researchers said that good governance, corruption, a lack of security, a lack of basic services from the government are part of the
problem. so the money that is being sent here is also not being used in a good manner to try to improve the quality of the life of the people here. so you can get a holistic sense why this problem persists, why the chronic system of migration towards the united states continues over these years, ali. >> so once you understand that, ayman, you'll help us with your interview tomorrow and your conversations on the ground, once you get that, you get the migrants are not trying to game some system. they're not saying, wow, you know, there's some family in norway who has been trying to get into the united states and they're on some list. i'm going try to figure out a way to get around them. these people are looking to keep their children alive. you mentioned the degree of malnutrition there. there's no parent in the world who wouldn't do that. it's what we saw in europe for years with the refugees from the middle east who would risk their lives trying to cross the mediterranean or crosby land to
save their children. >> reporter: yeah. and, you know, we talk about this and you try to put a human context to it. a lot of communities, they'll pool together the resources to have one individual try to make it to the united states in order to find a job and send back remittances, which are a huge part of the economy to be able to support their community. you're correct, the people making this journey are doing it because it's a matter of life and death. along the way, there's a system of corruption and exploitation. the coyotes, people strug -- smuggling them. people trading them. that makes it so perilous and dangerous. at the same time, it's born out of a desperation and direness that exists in the rural parts of places like guatemala, honduras, el salvador. >> ayman, we look forward to your continued reporting from there. ayman mohyeldin for us. tomorrow, of course, as mentioned, tune in for his
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it's way too early on a sunday morning so i'm not going to give you equations and stuff. in lay terms, once you have an economy running at capacity with almost everyone employed like before the pandemic, the only way you can actually grow that economy is with people. generally more people. but at least enough people to replace those who are currently working. america doesn't actually do that. in fact, virtually no developed country does because we have very few children compared to the olden days. the birthrate isn't high enough to replace workers that retire from the work force. america has what is called a negative replacement rate. simply put, we don't give birth to enough new humans to replace those retiring. there's only one way to fix that, more immigrants to make up the difference both to do the jobs we need done and to sustain the economy with the money they earn and to pay taxes to help pay for our future retirement. after four years of an
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president biden inherited broke -- immigration system but america has never practiced the best immigration policies or at least not for many decades. biden is spending time, money, and political capital on making it right. the biden administration is working to reunite migrant families separated by donald trump's zero-tolerance policy. lawyers tracking down the families said they've been able to contact the parents of 61 more children but the families of 445 remaining have yet to be found. joining me now is msnbc political analyst yamish sindor. this border situation is complicated on a number of fronts. what widen has done is taken out the inhumane policies of the
last administration and taken out spending for the border wall but had to increase spending on the care and custody of the massive number of immigrants we're seeing at the southern border. it's a lot of political capital for a problem he wasn't really looking for. >> that's right. and the biden administration continues to say they want to be more humane, more moral with the situation at the border. as you pointed out, it's going to cost money. there's a real, i think, push from republicans to say president biden changed the policies and now he's letting these unaccompanied minors in. when, in fact, he's following u.s. law. the former president trump was not following u.s. law. he was turning away 3 year-olds and 10-year-olds against international law. now with president biden having done this, having made this huge decision to say now we're going to follow it, it has become a real challenge that democrats and republicans for decades had
to wrestle with. so he's, of course, spending millions of dollars on the shelters to try to get humane conditions and still there's still a struggle there because there's children that are hungry, that are saying they're sleeping on the floor, not getting light. there's all that going on and then you have the issue of the northern triangle that the vice president is dealing with, and that just talking to administration officials is seen as a very, very big task, a challenging task, that might take all four years of this term to deal with. what you see is the real situations in guatemala and honduras and as ayman talked about, there's desperation in those places. a lot of it is also tied to past u.s. law and past u.s. policies. >> and, dean, like we saw with syrian refugees this problem as was -- talked about the lack of safety and financial securities
is not a short term problem. even if biden wants to with it, it will probably take up his entire term and the term of the next president of the united states. however, we do have to sort of reevaluate the way we think about immigration. the last administration turned the southern border into all of immigration policy in america. >> i agree with you 100%. i think it's a question of leadership. look at trump, he spent $15 billion to build a war. to end aid to the three countries in central america and trickle money they needed desperately for their own infrastructure to combat drug cartel. i think joe biden showing leadership that the united states is back. we're not going to be building walls and hiding behind it. we're going it show leadership. that's going to cost money but helping the people in central america to ensure the united states is playing a role of being compassionate and caring. we're going to spend double the amount of money that trump
allocated for people in central america. i think the american people hopefully will be on board with this. being a leadership and helping people in central america as opposed to putting a wall for $15 billion and turning 0ur back on the rest of central america and people, i think this is a proposition. this was an important part of his campaign. >> let's talk about this for a second. the president has issued an executive order on the establishment of a presidential commission on the supreme court of the united states. this falls under the same category of political capital that i don't think joe biden was looking to have to invest in but trump nominated a third supreme court nominee days before the last election campaign, which got democrats really mad and there are people who want him to expand the court and appoint more democratic justices. so what is biden trying to do
here? is he trying to buy a little time or trying to get the research done on what the right thing to do vis-a-vis the supreme court is? >> the white house would say it's a latter. they're now going to study the supreme court. they're going to study the issues at hand and also going to be listening to the democratic base and lawmakers to try to think through what sort of changes, if at all, might need to be done to the supreme court. but let's be clear here, this is also an issue that republicans and some democrats want to latch on to. the republicans don't want to talk about covid. they don't want to talk about the stimulus and infrastructure plans. those things are well provided. instead, the supreme court issue, the idea that president biden could expand the supreme court motivates republicans in a way, especially republican voters, in a way that could really be impactive in 2022, if you start to see republicans say he's going to pack the court. they'll put 15 judges on. they'll be progressive. they'll change the way things have been done.
you already see someone like mitt romney, a republican senate who has been somewhat moderate saying this is now democrats trying to change the institutions of america. so this is going to be a real battle, if president biden decides to make some changes to the supreme court. >> dean, what do you think? what is the right thing to do here? there are institutionalists not necessarily republicans who say toying with the supreme court may not be the right thing to do. >> i want to say it's a chance to be justices on the supreme court for a first couple of days. me justice dean -- [ laughter ] the reality, you need to pass -- we need 60 votes in the senate to expand the supreme court. we won't get 60 votes. so i think this is important. listen to my show, democrats not just progressives, moderate democrats, as well, want to see the supreme court reform because we understand we can pass a for
the people act expanding voting rights and this can strike it down. we can pass climate change laws and the supreme court can strike it down. in reality, i don't see it expanding. there is polling that shows americans are -- you know, like retirement age, not expanding but something along those lines. >> you two are fantastic. thank you for joining us on this sunday morning. well, tensions are rising in northern ireland where britain's exit for the european union unsettled the ballots. there have been nights of violence in eye -- ireland. the violence stems from the long simmering anger over the northern ireland protocol.
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back in 1903 in kitty hawk, north carolina, the brothers orville and wilbur wright conducted the first powered-controlled flight of a heavier than air aircraft. orville flew in the aircraft known as the wright flier. it flew a distance of 120 feet, 10 feet off the ground for 12 seconds. after two more not-so-far flights, wilbur got the damn
thing to fly for 59 seconds for a distance of 352 feet. the rest, as we say, is history. in just three days we'll see another attempt at history. the first powered flight of an aircraft on another planet. ingenuity is a tiny helicopter sitting on the surface of mars right now. it was shuttled to the red planet on the bottom of the nasa perseverance rover which touched down on mars in february. nasa says the helicopter weighs four pounds, two extremely fast blades a solar panel and a fuselage to help it navigate the thin martian atmosphere. it also has a good luck charm. wrapped around the solar panel is a piece of fabric the size of a postage stamp made from material from the wright brothers plane. when ingenuity takes off, it plans to rise to about 10 feet, the same as the wright brothers flier did on its first flight, hover in the air about 30 seconds and come back down. that's it. if that first flight goes
according to plan ingenuity could make five flights each with the greater goal than the last. there has never been a powered aircraft on mars before, let alone one that deals with the reduced gravity and minimal atmospheric density that exists on that planet. it will feel like flying at 100,000 feet of altitude on earth. us earthlings are all wound up in politics and the state of our planet, which is important, but there is astronomical progress happening all the way up there on mars as we speak. we've seen with the wright brothers how a seemingly small accomplishment has the power to absolutely transform the future. what we're going to witness on wednesday will be a glimpse into the future. these small short-lived moments are catalysts for the biggest, most amazing things. this is a big deal and we'll look back on this one day and say i remember when there was only one helicopter on mars. don't space out. we've got another hour of
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good morning. it's sundays, april the 11th, i'm ali velshi. we begin with landmark change pertaining to policing and accountability. overnight maryland was the first state in the nation to repeal its law enforcement bill of rights establishing a new set of rules for when and how police officers use force and subsequently how they are investigated and disciplined. the democratic majority legislature dealing larry hogan a sharp rebuke, overriding his vetoes of measures that raise the bar for officers to use force. in addition, giving civilians a role in police discipline for the first time. the action makes policing in the state fairer and more transparent. it comes as the murder trial of fired minneapolis police officer derek chauvin, accused of george floyd's death, enters its third week. we'll have more on both of these stories rater in the hour including a conversation with mayor brandon scott of baltimore whose city will be directly affected by these new policing actions. after a handful of
shootings, gun reform is top of mind for president joe biden. on thursday he addressed the epidemic of gun violence by signing multiple executive actions. however, he acknowledged he still needs congress to pass legislation. he was adamant that the gun crisis is far more widespread than just what's reported in the news. >> our flag was still flying at half staff for the victims of the murder of eight primarily asian-american people in georgia when ten more lives were taken in a mass murder in colorado. you probably didn't hear it but between those two incidents, less than one week apart, there were more than 850 additional shootings. >> 850 additional shootings. here's a look at some of the key components in biden's executive actions. new regulations on pistol stabilizing braces which make regular guns much more powerful and more deadly.