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also flooded, leaving cars stuck and drivers stranded. and again, this is all before elsa brings in even more rain to the region over the next few hours. so it's time now to break out my waiters for tomorrow's commute. that's our broadcast for this thursday night with our thanks for being with us. on behalf of >> very quick iraq story but i'm telling you it's quick, and there's a reason for me to tell it. in 1996 when bill clinton was president, part of northern iraq fell into absolute crisis. the first gulf war had happened after the previous president, golf or one, in the wake of that war the kurdish population in iraq had basically risen up and revolted against hut saddam
hussein. he responded by crushing them and millions of kurdish iraqis fled. they fled into the mountains of northern iraq, they were trying to save themselves and their families. turkey wouldn't let them cross the border, they had nowhere else to go. saddam was after them in a genocidal of rage. the un ended up setting up what was intended to be a safe zone for the kurds in northern iraq, it was protected by no fly zone. it was an international coalition effort. lots of groups provided help there to. that inherently unstable situation lasted five years. but, in 1996, bill clinton is now president, saddam attacked and the coalition forces that were protecting the iraqi kurds they backed out, they left. the reasons for that and the
consequences of that are dark and complex, and that is a longer story. in the immediate moment in 1996 when that happened, the u.s. realized that it had a big short term, simple, urgent, moral and strategic catastrophe on their hands. in the five years since the gulf war, the kurds having to flee saddam and having to set this protective zone, and that failing, over those five years a lot of things went wrong. that is a complex and dark tale. over those five years, a very simple moral imperative came into focus for the american government in the american people, which is that the u.s. had ended up hiring and allying with a lot of individual iraqi kurds. individual iraqi kurds were brought on locally, as interpreters and translators which is crucial work.
they were brought on board as drivers and support staff. of all kinds. there were a few thousands of them who directly helped u.s. and coalition personnel in northern iraq over those years. when the iraqi dictator saddam hussein decided that he would send 40,000 soldiers in and the republican guard, and all of that, when he decided he was gonna send all those in and the coalition forces left, everybody who had helped or worked for the coalition forces in the u.s. aid group up there had a bull's-eye on them. they were marked for certain death because they had helped us. so, clear, simple moral imperatives for the united states and so in 1996, september of 1996, the u.s. launched something called operation specific haven. it was all pull together on very short notice but they did it. 6600 iraqi kurds, and other iraqis who had assisted
american aids, 6600 of them were rushed by air, they were airlifted out of northern iraq and also turkey, to a place they could be kept safe. they were brought here. to the u.s. territory of guam. those 6600 iraqi kurds spent on average a number of weeks there, while they were vetted, while their paperwork was process to allow them to come into the united states. to allow them to come into the country they had risked their lives to help. the country which was now recognizing their service and paying them back for that service. keeping a proxy promise for once, keeping themselves safe because they kept their promises. >> this past november, a news outlet in guam tracked down one
of those iraqis who had been brought there as part of that airlift, they tracked him down all these years later to found out how all the things had been so far. in 1996 he and his family had been airlifted out, as part of this operation, mom, dad six kids, 20 years down the road from that, just this past november pacific daily news found him where he lives in utah, he told them quote, we arrived in one and we were shocked, it was paradise to us. he said he recalled there had been more than 150 families all in the same desperate circumstances, once they landed in guam they were given temporary housing medical care he said quote, the moment we arrived we were born again.
that is the time where we get a second chance at life i personally would like to relive that guam experience. we were welcomed, the way we were situated in the place we lived, it was just amazing. he and his family stayed in guam in 1996 for just over two months, they weren't there long. they were given housing, medical care their applications were processed and then they left, they were approved to move into the mainland united states, and they move to utah. two decades down the road, he owns and operates his own business in utah his brother is in pharmacy school in utah, his sister has left utah for boston because she isn't law school becoming an american lawyer. he told pacific daily news this past november, quote, look at
us, if we hadn't come to the states, we would all be dead. that was how i worked over a quick seven month airlift emergency airlift period starting in september 1996, going into the spring of 1997, that was during the bill clinton administration. that's how it worked. but that is not the only time it has worked that way. in 1975, it was something called operation new life, during the ford administration after the long terrible war effort in vietnam came to an end. it was 130,000 of our vietnamese allies who we brought out, in a hurry. again, guam served as the safeway point, the u.s. territory where people could be brought safely to get them into safe housing, to get the medical care, to get them care for their kids who they brought with them. importantly to get them vetted and get their applications process where they could move on to new lives in the same place the united states had
promised them here, in america. this was may 6th 1975. >> for the next ten days american ships like this one will be bringing vietnamese refugees to guam. in all the sea lived will have 85,000 evacuees. it the first evacuation ship the american challenger docked at the qualm navy station early wednesday morning with more than 5000 people on board. people had seen a full week of sea life, but they came here safe. >> they came first to the u.s. territory of guam, they will receive there safely, house there, safely, they call medical checkups. processed their paperwork and then on to the mainland u.s.. getting from guam to the
mainland u.s., there was more process and some people were housed on military bases in the u.s. before they were dispatched to other parts of the country. but we found this footage from some of those vietnamese evacuees who had already been to guam. this was from there on bound arrival at their next top which was pennsylvania. this was may 1975. >> the government opened up a fourth for vietnam refugees at indian town gap pennsylvania. he was there when the first of them arise from the island of guam. >> this is pennsylvania dutch country, the people here aren't accustomed to large numbers of strangers and they're apprehensive about the rip huge is. but today when the first plane load of refugees arrived, the misgivings were put aside. it was a big, happy welcome from several thousand people.
pennsylvania's governor who earlier had expressed some doubts of his own. >> we come from a land where most of us are either immigrants ourselves, or the sons or grandsons or granddaughters of other immigrants. i welcome you here, we will do everything we possibly can to help you get readjusted. [applause] there were signs. this afternoon the vietnamese settled down at indian town gap, most of them have already been on the camp for almost a month. >> that was may 1975. you know, a feels like a miracle and a novel idea every time it happens, every time we do it. but it isn't a new invention.
we have done this before. we did it with iraqi kurds in 1996. under president bill clinton. we did it with the vietnamese evacuees and 1975. we did it with coast of are all being is when the serbs attack them in 1989. heck, five years after the marching band in the cheerleaders turned up for the vietnamese evacuees, in pennsylvania, that same base, five years later, hosted more than 19,000 cuban evacuees. for the same kind of initial processing. we do this. we do this as a country. we do this in times of international crisis. we do this one we have people to whom we hold a debt of gratitude, because they've helped us. they provided crucial local help to american service members at great risk to themselves. they were then targeted at home because they helped us. those people we owe an explicit debt of gratitude to. in part because we made them a
promise that we would keep them safe if they help us. last month, the governor of guam, wrote this letter to president biden. she said quote, the or president biden i right to commend your decision to and our nation's longest war and finally bring home our brave men and women serving in afghanistan. this decision signifies turning a new corner in foreign policy and our nation's return to leadership and international diplomacy. she says quote, recently it has come to my tension that some congressional members have suggested that the task force be established for the visa management and evacuation of our afghan partners during this drawdown process, and in particular that won't be considered a temporary transfer site before our allies moved permanent locations within the u.s.. guam has stood ready to serve as a safe and secure route for this type of humanitarian effort throughout our history. and today, it is no different. i assure you that my administration is prepared to assist -- i to assist in executing your
plans on this matter should guam be chosen. if such a decision is made i respectfully asked that i be part of discussions concerning qualms role and any related task force should one be established. that was last month. the governor of guam writing to president biden, warm has stood ready to serve for this type of humanitarian effort, today it is no different. today president biden gave a speech on the u.s. withdrawal from afghanistan, the end of the u.s. war in afghanistan after 20 years of war. you can tell which parts of the speech were where president biden was swinging for the fences. >> how many more, how many thousands more americans daughters and sons are we willing to risk? how long would you have them stay? already we have members of our military whose parents fought in afghanistan 20 years ago.
would you send their children, and their grandchildren as well? i will not send another generation of americans to warn afghanistan with no reasonable expectation of achieving a different outcome. >> he explained why he is bringing american troops home after 20 years of fighting in afghanistan and a trillion dollars spent. well we leave our allies there? the people who helped us to be hunted down and killed as we leave or will we get them out? like we have proven we can do in conflicts in the past? he spoke to that today as well. st >> starting this month we're going to begin to relocate flights for applicants and their families who choose to leave. we have a point person in the white house and at the state department lead task force coordinating these efforts. but our message to those women and men is clear there is a
home for you in the united states if you so choose, we will stand with you just as you stood with us. >> there is a home for you in the united states if you so choose, we will stand with you just as you stood with us. american veterans of the war and afghanistan have been reacting all day, and pressing on this issue because obviously the time sensitivity of it. american veterans on this issue have been pressing for more details. there was a state department briefing after the speech that was a bit of a bloodbath, with reporters aggressively demanding to know what this means. how exactly the afghan translators are supposed to get out? when and where they're going to? who's going to be running it? the commitment from the president is there, there is a home for you in the united states if you so choose. we will stand with you just as you stood with us.
a promise explicitly is there. the commitment is there. the devil is in the details and time is short. right now, the person who may be the critical link between that president -- that promise of the president and reality, that person being the link is a woman, the governor of the beautiful and resourceful and incredibly strategic u.s. island territory of guam, governor guerrero joins us from guam. it makes me very grateful to have you here governor. thank you so much for being with us here tonight. >> thank you for having me, rachel. i so enjoyed your argument. moving forward with the
operation specific haven and new life, it brought back some sad memories but also happy ones. >> tell me, given that experience, give me about your experience to write that letter to president biden, these discussions started in washington, afghan veterans talking about guam's previous ear experiences with evacuees from situations like this. tell me about your decision to write to the president to say that guam is ready to help and you want to be included in this planning. is is a controversial decision and what, is this something that the people of guam feel that they are capable of doing an eager up doing? >> the decision was made because i wanted to offer our perspective and provide some detailed information that would make it a little bit smoother maybe and what do you do after the afghans come here how does
the community play and what does the community's role play in this. how do the allies help the afghans? they have done a lot for the u.s. and now it is time to give back to them. that is what prompted my decision to ride to president biden. but even that, rachel, i have already gathered our cabinet members. i have been talking to military, i've been talking to our national guard and preparing for when that decision is made, because if you also realized in ocean pacific -- sorry guam was given four days to prepare. i think we were already preparing before that. like you said, we have had historical experiences, we've gone through the process and
believe me are people will certainly play a very significant role in the smoothed, and the unfamiliar trends position of those people who will be coming. >> and have you heard anything from the administration that you can share with us in terms of the decision, where we're at in the decision-making process? whether indeed your offer to help will be acted on by the administration. we've obviously heard that commitment from the president but we haven't heard details about where the evacuees are exactly going and whether they will all go to one place or whether they will be dispersed in multiple locations? >> i have no official word in those decisions, i don't know if they already made a decision as to where they are going to relocate or what's site they are going to use i've been in communication with our military partners here and they also do not have any official word, but
i do know that they are preparing, just like we are and we've been in communication with them to see what we can do to make it much better and smoother, rachel. i just wanted to say that the people of guam have been a people who have experienced war. they have experienced the atrocities of war. in fact, we are just now going on a memorial trail to celebrate and remember our loved ones that have died and have suffered tremendously during wars. with that, we are very, we have the sensitivity, and we are very welcoming and we would like to do everything we can, again, to make so lives of those people, like you said, with the kurds, who came in and they felt like they were born again. >> governor of guam lou leon
guerrero, governor lou leon guerrero, it is an honor to have you here tonight, it's an interesting moment an urgent moment for the country. your willingness to share your perspective and potentially to play a key role in america's promise is inspirational. thank you for being here tonight. >> thank you for having me, rachel. good evening to you. >> indeed. thank you very much. that 14 hour time difference does make beings feel inside out. i want to bring into the conversation somebody else who has a different perspective on this because of his own life, democratic congressman served in the iraq war and the afghanistan war. in congress now he is part of the intelligence committee's, today in response to president biden's speech she says my own service and afghanistan made it clear to me that if there was a military solution to warn afghanistan, we would've found
one years ago, that's wife supported president biden's decision to withdraw u.s. combat forces and bring our longest war to an end. congressman crow thank you so much for being here, i know it is a big day. >> thank you rachel i appreciate being here. >> i want to ask as a veteran and somebody who is involved in the veterans community, i just have to ask if there is emotion? if you have strong feelings today seeing the war wind down after all the american sacrifice there and the pieces of your life that were left there yourself? >> there is a variety of mixed emotions that i and many other afghan war veterans are experiencing. it started when the president announced withdrawal a couple of months ago. i had another moment when i saw that last flight leaving background airbase last week. that was a base where i spent a lot of time in my life in the past. there is a lot of emotion, i agree with the president
wholeheartedly it's time to bring our troops home. doesn't mean we're gonna abandon afghanistan, leave them to their own against the taliban, we will continue to support them, but we can't continue to do this. so many americans have left their lives, their loved ones, pieces of themselves and pieces of their heart in afghanistan, and i certainly can sympathize with that. it is a difficult time but it is time that we focus on what we can do in the next couple of months. what we can do is that we can have some honor in making sure we're doing right by our partners. >> to that end, obviously the president made this eloquent commitment today, there will be a home for you in the united states if you should choose, we will stand with you as you stood with us. that is a bar, and unequivocal commitment from the president. that said, people who have been working closely on this issue told us today that they want more details. they want more concrete information, you heard from the governor of guam, even her
saying that warm stands ready, if guam is going to be the place in which they are evacuated, nobody seems to have details, the plan seems to be more of a commitment then a set of actions. i wonder if you share that perception or if there is more being done that we can't see? >> well there is more being done that isn't public yet, right after the president announced the decision to withdrawal, many of us veterans including vietnam veterans have really come to this issue knowing their own experience and the pain that they have suffered seeing their friends left behind. we formed this working group, we passed one piece of legislation last he week. we're gonna take up another bill in a week and a half, to increase the cap for visas and expedite the process further. i've been in contact with
members of the national security office, the state department, the defense department, there's actually a lot of machinery that is ramping up right now. you're gonna see a variety of options that are going to be use including guam, military facilities in the middle east, the use of humanitarian parole. you're gonna see an all hands on deck approach to that. there are some operational sensitivities. you don't want to announce those plans because you want to allow those applicants to make their way to kabul and get them safely out using commercial airlifts. but again, as a member of congress, my thought is not just say that they're doing a great job, my job is to continue to push, and i'm not going to take their word for it i'm gonna continue to push with the other members of congress. >> in terms of the process, thus far, we saw the president say that there is a point person at the state department, there was a spicy briefing
after the speech today in which they identified that point person for the state department and they were pressed on that. i feel like as an observer from the outside, knowing what i know about the history on these matters, but not necessarily understanding the operations, maybe it makes sense that i don't know all of the details because nobody in the public should. i do were really that time is ticking here. the u.s. withdrawal of troops have been fast, as the president said today's be the safety and the way the withdrawal has gone, with over 90% of u.s. forces gone, it's been done in such a way that no u.s. forces have lost their lives. but the faster the go, the more urgently afghan allies and interpreters need to get out of there. i feel looking from the outside whatever you're describing in terms of how much work is being done, it doesn't feel fast enough, it doesn't feel like when the president talked about
afghan visa holders taking commercial flights out of afghanistan, that doesn't feel like the right first step there ought to be airlifts. >> it is not fast no it -- we should've been here two months ago after the announcement of the withdrawal, not every day is equal, we don't have the footprint we don't have the military forces and what we're seeing is the degradation of the security in the outline provinces, those applicants, those translators who live outside of kabul, it is going to be hard for them to get to kabul. the taliban is taking over roles, they're setting up checkpoints, things are getting worse and worse by the day. the ability to conduct an evacuation now is going to be different from the ability to conduct and evacuation in the fall. it's going to get worse with passing months. not every day is equal. i do think that we need to have
additional military resources and military airlifts. >> jason crow, thank you so much for your time, sir, it's a pleasure to have you here. i know it is a solemn day, today for you and your fellow afghanistan veterans. thanks for sharing some of it with us. >> thank you, rachel. >> on that last point about the speed of this evacuation what congressman crow said is undeniably true. doing an infatuation right now, getting it up to speed right now is going to be hard, it's going to get harder with each passing week, and dangerous for the afghan translators that are left behind. the governor of guam is waiting for a call, we just heard, she says warm stands ready, they are preparing on their own but they haven't been notified. if something is gonna happen, something should -- much more to come, stay with us. tay with us
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proclamation, it said that he was calling us for extraordinary reasons, that is the language of the proclamation, in the last ten years, the growth in this state has been because of black, brown and asian folk. that is who is growing in this state texas has more african americans than any other state in this country, so all of a sudden it is an extraordinary issue that we now need to change the rules to voting. >> we're here to say not on our watch, we will not allow you to reenvision jim crow two point oh. it is not how many -- it is voter suppression you can't tell me that there is a reason why we're eliminating 24-hour voting, why we're eliminating mobile voting. why we are doing things to make it harder to help people to vote. >> texas democrats today at the start of the special session
called by the governor to try to get a voting rights restriction bill through by hook or by crooks. the fight is joined in texas, we will see what texas democrats can do to try to stop this. it is not just happening in texas. today vice president kamala harris appeared at a university in announced a 25 million dollar expansion of the democratic party to promote voter protection, registration across the country. all to try to blunted the effects of some of these new voter suppression laws that republicans are passing all over the country. >> your vote is your power. and so i said, don't let anybody ever take your power way from you. don't let anybody take your power from you, especially the power of your voice. we will not let anybody take away our power, and that is why we are all here together today. we are not going to let that happen.
[applause] and so we need to fight back. >> we need to fight back, later in the day vice president harris and biden held a closed-door working meeting at the white house, with a number of civil rights leaders and voting rights advocate about what exactly that fight back looks like. how to get through this impasse, how to come up with some way to fight this battle even as republicans in state after state passed new voting restrictions. federal legislation that would protect voters across the country remains apparently inexorably stalled in the united states senate. i will tell you that those leaders and activists who met with the president and vice president, they came out of that meeting sounding ready to fight saying that they think that president biden agrees with them on voting rights is an emergency that needs immediate action. what does that mean though in
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president biden had this meeting, he recognizes that this moment, facing the country, is an existential threat to american democracy as we know it. this is not a partisan issue this is not about the divisions between democrats and republicans, this is about a far broader threat facing the nation as a hold and democracy as we understand it. >> this afternoon president biden and vice president harris hosted at the white house a group of its civil rights leaders including up cheryl eiffel, reverend al sharpton,
and the gentleman you just saw there wade henderson. the topic on the table was voting rights, the meeting was on the president and vice president schedule for one hour, but they took almost twice that, two hours. joining us now is wade anderson, the interim president. he was there at the meeting today. i'm dying to know how it went. mr. henderson, thank you so much for being here tonight i know it's been a long day. >> good evening, rachel. thank you for having me. >> so many people around the country, right now, are despondent over what is happening with voting rights. with a sense that republicans are on the proverbial warpath to revoke voting rights. the sense that the courts have been neutered and in any case have lost their will to protect voting rights, and that the congress feels like it is mired, an impasse that is not going to be resolved. there is a lot of despair on
this issue. i don't think many people are talking about paths forward that feel very hopeful. did any of that to make its way into that meeting today at the white house? can you share with us the quantum tours of that discussion? >> rachel you are correct in characterizing the threat that americans see and feel about our voting system. we are under attack like never before, we've never seen that in modern times. the threat that democracy faces in this country is really an existential problem that we must address if we are going to preserve democracy as we know it. i came away from that meeting encouraged, because the president and the vice president and their team convene this meeting to discuss an issue that we share in common that we view as being a system under attack, particularly because there was a real belief that we who are advocates for change have to
take direct action if we're going to be effective in rolling back what we see happening at the state level, in the courts and the failure of congress, particularly with the republican senate. to address these issues, we had a full an open conversation about how to address some of the challenges that you have outlined. one of the things that you've mentioned -- go ahead, i'm sorry. >> i didn't mean to interrupt you, there is an awkward delay, continue with your thought. >> i was going to mention that one of the things we talked about was the importance of congressional action both on the for the people act and the john lewis voting rights. while certainly the for the people act appears to be stymied, at least for a time in congress, we don't have despair in that regard, we believe that slowly progress is being made. i commend majority leader schumer for his effort to try to bring this bill forward, but we recognize that much more
effort is needed. we are, meaning the groups that you mentioned at the white house today, are meeting with republicans, were meeting with senator manchin, we hope to have a meeting with senator sinema and we will be engaging in a summer of direct action in an effort to highlight the importance of this issue, and what is needed to help turn it around. for example, next week a group of black african american women will be leading a week of action in d.c. that they hope will help their voice to the concerns of african american women's and per pale this issue to the front of people's agenda. on july 17th, the first anniversary of john lewis is passing, the leadership congress, is convening a set of actions around the country, we call these good trouble visuals
in honor of mr. lewis, and helping to revive his commitment to voter empowerment, in a very direct way. i'm pleased to know that we are working with the john and lillian miles lewis foundation, which is an indication of how serious these issues are. of course later this summer on august 28th, reverend sharpton and martin luther king the third will convene a meeting around voting rights act in washington at the lincoln memorial, highlighting these issues as well. so this is a summer of action, devoted to preserving our democracy and we think that that direct action is absolutely essential if we're going to make change that we need. >> mr. henderson you mentioned meeting with republicans, as well as meeting with senator manchin, senator cinema, who have been two senators that have been obviously crucial in the democrats inability to get
it together on their own side, to support the for the people act in the senate. i know that some of these attendees said at the press conference that they are willing to sit with mitch mcconnell to discuss voting legislation, if he is willing to set with you, have you approach senators mcconnell's office? is there any crack to have this discussion with members of the gop? >> it is not entirely clear. we have had two meetings with senator manchin, for example. in the second meeting, the senator brought a 13 republican senators to have a discussion about his aversion up the for the people act and some changes that he was willing to pursue if it brought additional republican support to the effort. while that meeting did not produce individuals who announced their support for the bill, this certainly prepared to pursue that.
there is some skepticism about whether we will get republicans to support this effort, i certainly think that is the case. if you look at what is happening, rachel, in the states and your program has given air to this over the last weeks, we see republican controlled legislatures enacting provisions that obviously would create barriers to accepts the ballot in a very serious way. it is unlikely, in my view, that republicans in the senate, particularly having heard mcconnell's admonition against supporting this effort, it's going to be difficult to get a breakthrough. having said that, we are prepared to try, we think it is important to pursue all avenues that may lead to a successful enactment of the for the people act in the jaundice bill. at the same time, rachel, time is of the essence, we really don't have a great deal of time
to devote to that effort if it proves fruitless. while we are prepared to meet, we are not prepared to string this process out indefinitely because we recognize that the calendar is the l.a. me of an effective bill that will address will we see in the states today. >> wade henderson, mr. had doesn't, it's an honor to have you here tonight, thanks for helping us understanding that important discussion and the road ahead. i appreciate it. >> thank you, rachel, it is an honor to be with you. >> we have much more ahead tonight, stay with us. t, stay with us. are you one of the millions of americans who experience occasional bloating, gas or abdominal discomfort? taking align every day can help. align contains a quality probiotic developed by gastroenterologists.
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i moistening you're wondering, wait a minute, i thought it was, oh, okay. >> i'm a very focused person. >> you are. it will be joined by eric holder tonight because it was get out of afghanistan day at the white house but also voting rights day at the white house today. he is involved in a project with president obama on voter fairness in this country which has been a battle going on for so long, that he would think at some point it would be settled. that meeting in the white house today was very similar to the kind of meeting the reverent dr. martin luther king junior used to have in the white house with the president. here we are, still added. >> i spoke with wade henderson who's at that meeting today and i was interested to hear he's a very measured person, and he speaks, he's one of those people who is completely in control at all times and speaks very measured terms, but i was interested to ar