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welcome to a new hour of "american voices." i'm alicia menendez. this saturday, major news on multiple fronts . a coast-to-coast call for congressional action on voting rights on the anniversary of the monumental march on washington. former secretary julian castro on where this fight goes next. president biden promised america was coming and the military has delivered retaliation against isis-k. the commander in chief says the terror group can expect more. high alert along the gulf coast. hurricane ida is churning toward louisiana, picking up speed, expected to slam the shore by this time tomorrow. it adds insult to injury for hospitals already at a breaking point with covid patients. this is "american voices." we'll begin this hour with the fight for voting rights.
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today thousands marched through streets of d.c. and other american cities like phoenix, miami, and atlanta. the protesters united against the gop's sustained attacks on voting rights. made possible by state legislatures in gop control. today new president of the aflcio, the largest federation of unions in the united states spoke to nbc news onto shrines of a rally in phoenix. >> we are concerned about what we're seeing in terms of voter suppression all across this country. and really, in my opinion, the action is out in the community and on the ground. and so that's why i wanted to be here in phoenix today because these activists, they're ready to march, they're ready to mobilize, educate, register voters. and we want to do whatever we can as a labor movement to be good partners on the ground to make that happen. not many people are aware that that march 58 years ago was for jobs and freedom, because the two are so interrelated. and we fight for workplace
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democracy and the trade union movement but we also know workplace democracy and democracy at the ballot box, they're interconnected. >> today's protest coming as the window narrows for stopping republicans from running away with elections for decades. on friday the texas state house of representatives advanced a sweeping elections bill following 12 hours of debate. the move months in the making, clears the way for republicans to introduce a host of new voting rules that democrats and advocacy groups say it will make it harder for people of color to vote. joining me now, julian castro, former u.s. secretary of housing and urban development and a 2020 presidential candidate. he's also an msnbc political analyst. good to see you, secretary castro. i want you to take a listen to what texas house democrat gina hinojosa said on the state house. take a listen. >> intentional discrimination against people of a certain race, is that racism? >> that is -- >> ms. hinojosa --
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>> those words, intentional discrimination, i think, can be fairly characterized in that manner. >> making the speaker uncomfortable, not wanting to use the word racist on the floor. what does it say when you are more sensitive and more ruffled about the use of the term can the did know racist than things that disenfranchises communities of color. >> these republicans are living on a different planet and they're taking this see no he will have, hear no evil, pretending that racism doesn't exist. not only that, when you think about what they tried to do, what they are doing on critical race theory and trying to ban essentially or discourage at least texas public schools from teaching the works of martin luther king and cesar chavez,
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this is a republican party intent not only on suppressing the vote of people of color, but also keeping folks from knowing their history, empowering them. they're doing it because in places like texas, 95% of the new growth in the last decade has been people of color. and about 65% of that has been the latino community. they see that as bad news for the republican party. they're trying to squelch it. >> secretary, all of this feels like all roads in this conversation lead back to federal legislation. signs of optimism this week from sitting senators. do you share their optimism that something can get done at the federal level? >> i'm trying to keep a smile on my face these days, alicia. she was smart. you saw she was in phoenix because we have senator manchin and senator sinema that need to get on board with both for the
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people act and the john lewis voting rights advancement act. we need to set aside the filibuster so that that can move forward. i'm optimistic that perhaps some sort of compromise can be reached so that an exception can be made and we can get the legislation done in washington, d.c. it's within the power of democrats if they come together to do it, but particularly manchin and sinema have to understand how fundamental the issue of voting rights is to fairness and equality in this country. it was a beautiful sight to see today in washington and these different communities across the country of people of different backgrounds, a multiracial coalition, all marching together saying that voting rights is just as important to fight for in 2021 as it was in 1963. >> secretary castro, given your expertise in housing, i want to also ask you about the supreme court's decision on the eviction
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moratorium. i think most americans, what they're focused on when it comes to the eviction moratorium is this reporting we're seeing about how this money was allocated and the majority of it hasn't been spent. for you in that position of position of figuring this out, can you help us understand where things are going wrong, and what needs to be done to make sure that that money gets into the hands of people who need it? >> well, basically the states and localities need to cut their red tape and make these applications less cumbersome and get out into the community and not wait for people to come to them, but actually physically get out into the community. i live in san antonio. i'm here right now. and this morning there was a town hall or forum that was for utility assistance and rental assistance, and hundreds, if not thousands of people showed up to that. but they went out to the people and tried to make it as easy as
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they could for folks to come and get their questions answered, get their applications in. these are not only tenants, but also landlords. that's important, because some people when they hear about the eviction moratorium, they say these landlords have had to wait too long. these funds are actually available to landlords, ultimately. so only 11% of these funds have gotten distributed. 89% have not. states and localities need to get their act together, cut the red tape, don't wait, but go out into the community. on top of that, i believe that congress should act as soon as possible to extend an eviction moratorium and states that don't have one in place should immediately consider one. >> secretary julian castro, i appreciate your time and i especially appreciate that answer on landlords. whenever we do a segment on this, it's one of those questions that comes from our viewers, so thank you so much for bringing that into the conversation we're also tracking breaking news along the gulf. hurricane ida strengthening as it churns toward louisiana,
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expected to make landfall around this time tomorrow as a category 4 storm. it comes exactly 16 years after hurricane katrina devastated the region. fema is keeping the president updated. president biden today urged residents in the storm zone to take this seriously and to wear a mask if forced to evacuate. as louisiana's governor made clear today, time is of the essence. with only hours left to get supply runs in and evacuees out safely. >> this will be one of the strongest hurricanes to hit anywhere in louisiana since at least 1850s. we can also tell you that your window of time is closing. it is rapidly closing. and just like we said yesterday, by the time you go to bed to understand, you need to be where you intend to ride this storm out, and you need to be as prepared as you can be. because weather will start to
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deteriorate very quickly tomorrow. >> with me now, nbc news meteorologist bill containers and sam brock joining us from louisiana. tell us what we can expect from this storm. >> reporter: we have 18 hours until landfall. we're expecting that tomorrow early in the afternoon, about 2:00 to 3:00 local time in southeastern louisiana, somewhere south of new orleans down along the coast. you can already see there's an outer rain band. these are the last good-weather hours left for preparations in southeast louisiana. as of this evening and during the overnight, the rain bands will continue to crease. tomorrow morning it'll be pouring. it's going to rain a lot with this storm too. you can see the clear eye of the storm just to the north-northeast, that's a category 2 hurricanes. it's still trying to strengthen. it hasn't gone crazy today, but it still has 18 hours over warm water. we think it's going to be become a major hurricane later tonight and may make landfall as a
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strong category 3. not much of a different between the two. the hurricane center has it a 130-mile-per-hour landfall. if you're going to have 130-mile-an-hour winds, that's tornadic-type winds. extreme wind damage. then storm will weaken as it heads north. even if baton rouge we could have significant tree damage and power outages. new orleans, you're maybe just far enough away to not have significant wind damage from this storm. the landfall is west of grand isle. it could be as far west as morgan city or as far east as grand isle. but the storm surge is pretty much set in stone. along with it, all the heavy rain with this storm. that area of pink is of greatest concern. that's where emergency management told people if you're not protected by a levee, get out. even areas outside of new orleans, if you're not protected by the federal levee system, you
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have to evacuate if you've been told to do so. the levees are expected to hold in the new orleans area. they are plenty high enough to survive that storm surge. that will be one of the stories. the other story in new orleans is how will the pumps do? will they be able to handle the expected 10 to 20 inches of rain that is possible in new orleans? they have 99 pumps, 96 are functioning properly. we'll find out tomorrow afternoon when the heavy rain arrives. so we're going to have our hands full tomorrow with this storm. hopefully everyone in louisiana is prepared and our friends in mississippi, get ready. you could deal with tornadoes and significant river and flash flooding with this storm also. >> sam, to that point there, how are locals preparing in baton rouge? are people able to evacuate in time? >> reporter: alicia, if you look at the highways near here, i-10 is the main corridor that runs
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right through the heart of louisiana central and southeast louisiana. there's so many cars on the road right now, it is complete gridlock for miles coming in and out of baton rouge and out of new orleans. so that would seem evidence of the fact that people are trying to get out. if you have conversations here, that's not necessarily the impression that you get. we probably spoke with a dozen people today, alicia. maybe one of those said they were worried enough that they were going to evacuate. everyone else said this is louisiana living. let me explain why that's a dangerous philosophy. this is main water system n. 2016 what an unnamed storm came and dumped 30 inches of rain over a couple of days' period, this river went up in some sections to 46 feet. where i'm standing right now at port vincent, it got to 17 feet, high enough that it reached the top of the roof of this bar. more than a dozen people, alicia, died in that event. there were over 100,000 homes that were flooded. the financial footprint was
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something in the range of $21 billion. now, that is a worst-case scenario. officials aren't expecting rain in the 30-inch range, but as bill said, 10 to 20 inches, 8 to 16 is the forecast in port vincent. but still the potential exists for more than that. when you look at the fact that officials haven't issued a mandatory evacuation, you wonder. people are being left to use their own discretion in terms of getting out or not getting out. you want them to be careful. peep if you have not left at this point for disaster. we'll see what happens. >> meteorologist bill karins and sam brock. we'll be seeing a lot of both of you in the next 24 hours. thank you both so much. next, the president's promise that yesterday's strike against isis-k will not be the last. congressman ro khanna, a member of house armed services weighs in on that and on ongoing efforts to evacuate americans and allies. plus, the pandemic of disinformation hitting high gear, costing many their lives.
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afghanistan for droves of people waiting to be evacuated at kabul airport. the u.s. has gotten 117,000 people out of afghanistan so far, the vast majority have been afghans. around 8,000 afghans who assisted the u.s. have already reached american shores, stayed at military bases in maryland, new jersey, and texas while they complete processing for special immigrant visas. joining me now, representative ro khanna, deputy whip for the progressive caucus and a member of the house armed services committee. congressman, you helped an afghan family of four leave kabul. what did they experience trying to evacuate and how were you able to get them on a flight? >> alicia, the sultanny family overcame huge odds to come back to our district in milpitas, california. they were beaten by the taliban
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while they were getting to the airport. they had to go a number of times to the airport. we were successful in communicating with the state department constantly, the state department was giving them information about when to get to the airport. fortunately they got onto a flight and they were able to get them on a flight to come back to the united states. i represent the largest afghan american community in the country. it's an extraordinary community. i'm so grateful that the sultanny family is back home. >> as a mom of two girls, seeing that photo of the girl in the minnie mouse dress drives it home. the resettlement process has been much more secretive than usual to prevent these families and their relatives from being targeted. can you give us a sense, congressman, of how serious the threat is to them from the taliban and other groups? >> alicia, it's very serious. i mean, you had hundreds of constituents of mine reach out saying their cousin, their uncle
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is being threatened, they're concerned. and many of them still haven't been able to be evacuated. and so we need to make sure that we continue to push for the evacuation of our allies, our interpreters, vulnerable afghans, and, of course, american citizens, green card holders and their families. after the august 31st deadline, we'll be working with other organizations and we need to make sure we don't quit after the troops' withdrawal. >> i want to talk about a specific challenge. the special immigrant visas that were that we're talking about only apply to cover spouses and children under 21. what then are the options for getting other family members out? >> alicia, this is what we hear all the time. how can i come and leave my kids behind or leave my married family behind? and it's a huge, huge challenge.
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that's why when we work on on these cases, we advocate for the entire family to come. one thing that bothers me is republicans talk about the moral duty to take them in. it's an extraordinary community. it's a community leading in civilian in tech, entrepreneur, of it's offense as i to me people on tv saying obnoxious things about this community. i welcome them to visit fremont so they can see for themselves what this community has done in enriching our country. >> i understand you even have a neighborhood known as little kabul. i do want to ask you, in your role on the committee, when do you expect to receive your next briefing on afghanistan? >> we have been receiving briefings almost every day. i want to commend the president for his decisive action to make sure that we took out those
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terrorist who committed that heinous attack on 13 of our troops and on 170 afghan civilians. i'm confident that the president is going to continue to seek justice there, and i admire that the president has shown restraint. he doesn't want to get us into another endless war. so we're being briefed constantly. i'm in constant touch with the white house senior staff, and i appreciate what the president is doing in very difficult circumstances. >> representative ro khanna, thank you so much for your time. next, a hurricane and a pandemic. a deadly mixture, especially for hospitals along the gulf already on a breaking point because of delta. a superintendent in san antonio will talk about his fight with the governor over masks and class. do not go anywhere. with two rapiddry layers. for strong protection, that's always discreet. question your protection.
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curious how flew nra's war over masks in the classroom is playing out?
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take a look at tampa. "tampa bay times" stays area's four largest school districts have reported more than 10,000 covid cases in schools since the semester started three weeks ago. however, there is good news for school leaders who want to defy governor ron desantis' ban on mask mandates. just yesterday a florida judge tossed out the ban ruling schools can require masks to protect kids. but educators fighting to keep schools safe in texas, they're getting different results. this week the state's republican only supreme court sided with governor greg abbott temporarily blocking a mask mandate for students in san antonio. all of this unfolds as parents and local leaders spar over mandates across the country in the form of protests and rowdy school board meetings. of course this anti-mask sentiment is fueled by misinformation spread on social media. this week parents in ottawa county, michigan, organized a petition in their push to get county leaders to reverse a mask
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mandate. >> the data is extremely clear that masking is unnecessary for children. it is child abuse. >> you are psychologically narcissistically abusing your children. >> i've sent you emails listing all the studies that show the negative impacts that these masks are having on our children, our babies. >> i demand that these mask mandates be rescinded. free our children. >> masking healthy children teaches them to fear their friends, fear their teachers, and fear that they may be spreading a disease that they do not have. >> unnecessary, ineffective, abusive, illegal. that sum rises masks. >> we should be building our immune system for our children, not putting masks on them. >> there's hell coming.
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there's hell coming and i'm not doing it to threaten anybody. but there's guys out there ready to do something soon. watch what's coming. >> a slew of disinformation. that mandate will stay in effect. it's worth noting and repeating masks do indeed work and they do indeed save lives. joining us now to discuss, dr. ebony jade hilton, associate professor of anesthesiology. good to see you both. doctor, i want to start with you. harvard out with a new study shining a light on how misinformation affects public health. what have you learned? >> it's pretty striking. in our most recent survey, we ask our 20,000 u.s. respondents about four items of misinformation related to vaccination.
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1 in 5 believe at least one of them. and about half of the people we asked weren't sure about at least one of them. so that gives you some sense of just how much misinformation is out there. >> one of the things that was really interesting is it can have a big impact on our mental health, right, that just being exposed to that misinformation. >> so before we even talk about mental health, there's the fact that if you believe one of those items of misinformation, you're about half as likely to be vaccinated. so we shouldn't forget just the impact of misinformation on people's willingness to be vaccinated. but you're absolutely right. we see high rates of depression among people who believe misinformation. you also have to remember rates of depression are already higher than typically before covid. >> there's the depression piece of this and perhaps this is a piece of what i'm going to ask
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you. but we've seen rage. you saw one of the people at that meeting just screaming about -- about masks in a way that is clearly linked to the misinformation that they've been exposed to. we've seen scenes of people just today freaking out at airports, getting violent. i mean, how much of that is about the things that they are reading and believing? >> well, i think you have to keep in mind that depression and anxiety and anger can be manifestations of the same sort of underlying discomfort. everyone experiences it differently. and i also noticed in some of the video clips how many people were in tears or near tears. so these things are all related, but i think during covid, given how much underlying depression and anxiety we see, people have much short fuses. and so misinformation, perhaps, is more able to push people over
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when they see something on the web or see something on a cable news channel. it's easier perhaps to push them to become angry and to act out. >> dr. hilton, let's talk about some actual information. a new report from the cdc shows the consequences of unvaccinated staff at schools. the report found an unvaccinated teacher in california last may spread covid to 12 of her elementary school students. the teacher also took off her mask on occasion, despite mask mandates for the school. i mean, just how important is it as we send our kids back to schools, for members of the staff to both have their vaccinations and to be wearing their masks? >> right. it's as important as life and did he have time what we know is that schools that are enforcing mask mandates versus those that aren't, we're seeing a 3.4 times higher mortality associated with their students. this is death. we don't have time to play
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politics. you know, when watching those persons at the school board meeting, my question to them is, are you willing to sacrifice your child? because that's what we have to start doing is making this personal. michaela robeson's mom doesn't get to tuck her in tonight. she was an eighth grader, eight days after starting school. this is not about politics. it's about people. and right now in america one american dies every 48 seconds from covid-19. we have to stop with this rhetoric and this misinformation and stop coddling even those who choose to throw a tantrum at a school board meeting. >> i mean, dr. hilton, there's both the misinformation and disinformation as it relates the vaccines, as it relates to masks. but part of what we're also seeing is all of the disinformation around what people are selling as treatments. so the fda issued a warning about people consuming a drug for horses used as a false cure for covid.
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can you just talk about what can go wrong when someone takes this drug? >> everything can go wrong. you know, it's one of those things where people are showing their cards, the same people who didn't want this fda-approved vaccine, the pfizer vaccine now fully fda approved because there wasn't enough data or there wasn't enough time for development for them to get all the information they needed to make an informed consent. but yet they go to a pet store and buy a tube of medication that literally has a horse on it that weighs 1,200 pounds. the risk of that in the acute setting is two things. one, the dosing. you can overdose, in which we see people overdose themselves on ivermectin. and serksd you're delaying treatment for yourself and presenting to the hospital much more sick because those one or two days giving yourself ivermectin, your body is
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literally fighting a war you cannot win. >> if someone is watching and they have a family member or friend or someone they love who they know has been exposed to this misinformation, to disinformation, anything you learned from your study about the best way to engage with someone who just doesn't want to hear it? >> you know, it's funny. when i talk to political scientists about this, i think there's a lot of -- this is still very much a work in progress. i think we don't know the best ways to fight misinformation. but what i can tell you as a psychiatrist is getting angry at someone is rarely the best way to sort of refute their argument. so what i try to do what i'm having conversations with friends and family and others who have these misperceptions, these misbeliefs, hear them out and ask a lot of questions. what about this? have you seen this? i also heard this. so rather than the sort of
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direct frontal assault, you're wrong, it, in fact, is this, that shouldn't mean you don't correct them. one of the things we do in the survey after we ask people about these pieces of misinformation, we are sure to present them about the correct answer, so we do say, actually, that's not correct. but i think the way we approach these conversations is as important as the content. >> dr. hilton, dr. per lis, thank you so much. next, the human cost of the supreme court ruling ordering the biden administration to restore trump's remain in mexico policy. plus, the lingering question that justice steven briar is finally addressing when it comes to retirement. is it now or never? which to his bladder, feels like a mile. yet he stands strong, dry, keeping the leaks only to his eyes. depend. the only thing stronger than us, is you.
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working to appeal tuesday's supreme court decision upholding a federal judge's order for the biden administration to reinstate trump's remain in mexico policy. that requires asylum seekers at the southern border to wait in mexico for the process. all three liberal justices, stephen breyer, sonia sotomayor, and kagan said they dissented. the decision is baffling. as noted, the court's decision that the department of homeland security committed some legal
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violation when it rescinded the policy. but the ruling does not make clear what that violation is. immigration advocates are fighting back. the aclu says the policy punishes penal for seeking asylum by trapping them in miserable, dangerous conditions. february 19th says the group tracked more than 1,500 reports of murder, rape, kidnapping, torture, and assault. more than 300 kidnappings of children. on one of my trips last year, i spoke to a woman with her two sons left in limbo for two months.
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>> with me now, paula ramos, msnbc contributor and the author of "finding latinx: in search for the voices redefining latino identity." also melissa murray, nyu law professor and msnbc lisle analyst and former law clerk to justice sonia sotomayor. all right, we're going to talk a lot about the legal piece of this. but i also want to talk about the fact that we're talking about a policy that is wrong, that is morally reprehensible. what does what the supreme court just decided mean for asylum seekers? >> it's a death trap. it is a death sentence. i mean, it is that plain and simple. i wish i was exaggerating, but that's what it is. just to give you a picture
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what's happening along the border, just in the last six months, more than out of migrants have either been kidnapped, either been raped, or violently attacked, most of them by the mexican cartels negotiable last seven months. more than 100 migrants have died attempting to cross the sonoran desert into arizona. most of them had died because of heat exhaustion. i mean, there are countless migrants that are still there and that are still trying to desperately come into this country because their legal right to seek asylum has been completely vanished. and so i think more than anything people need to understand that these aren't just numbers. i'm talking about mothers, fathers, pregnant women, tias, abuelas, these are real people. that is good moment to be talking about this, because this is a moment where the country is talking about a moral responsibility, both democrats and republicans feel a moral responsibility to welcome afghan
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refugees. there's a lot of similarities between what's happening on the u.s./mexico border and afghanistan. the united states is directly and indirectly fueling what we're seeing on the screen right now. >> melissa, as i understand it, this will decision has big implications for the way that this court interacts with foreign policy in the united states. can you help us understand that piece of it? >> sure. as a general matter, the judiciary isn't supposed to have a real hand in the way that foreign policy is conducted. but this decision, which essentially allows a district court judge in texas's ruling to reinstate the remain in mexico policy to go into effect within a week basically pushes the biden administration to begin negotiating with mexico to reinstate that policy. on the say-so of a single trial court judge in texas, the biden administration's now obliged to begin the process of working with a foreign government in order to reinstate that policy in the middle of a global public
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health crisis. so the stakes could not be higher. >> paula, i want to play sound from a doctor in matamoros last year about his concerns over the conditions at the time. take a listen. . it could unleash an epidemic. he was concerned about the violence the migrants were facing. what's it going to take to end
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this program? >> i mean, i think there's a couple of things here. the first, the immediate thing that the biden administration needs to do, what they can do in this moment is rescind title 42, which they still have not done it. title 42 in this moment is still in place. it was enacted by the trump administration. it is still being enacted by the biden administration and they are essentially still expelling the migrants. the groups on the ground, they are the ones that are talking to asylum seekers, helping them every single day. what they can do is underscore what's at stake here. what we saw from the supreme court isn't really a ruling on immigration. it's really not about asylum seekers or the border. what's at stake here is that it is a battle between the change that this country needs, the justice that this country needs, a battle between that and the army of judges that trump in my own mind that are trying to block that change.
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that's what's at stake here. it is about rejecting justice in the justice system and we don't even know what justice looks like anymore to the point that, once again, thousands of asylum seekers continue to be stranded without something that we value in this country, which is welcoming their right to seek asylum. we want that. >> melissa, this is something that we were warned about, which was the hangover, the long tail of the trump administration specifically when it came to his administration's success in placing conservative justices. i want you to talk about two things. one, i want you to talk about what we learned in this past week about the composition of this court. i know you say we sort of already had a sense of what this court was going to be, but we're watching it now in action. and tie to that question -- i want you to talk about a little bit about justice breyer who in an interview with the "new york times" said the supreme court should be deciding fewer emergency applications on its shadow docket. he also said he's weighing his
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decision on when to step down considering the dynamics of the court now and these recent shadow docket decisions on remain in mexico and the eviction moratorium. talk to me about the stakes and talk to me what you think breyer is going to do? >> as his term wound down, a number of pundits said this was very much a moderate court a consensus-driven court. but we saw cases have fractured along ideological lines, the three liberals voting in dissent. it is a very conservative court, perhaps the most conservative court we've seen in a generation. and that also echos throughout the lower federal courts where as you say, president trump was perhaps most successful in his agenda in terms of getting judges placed on the federal courts. what does this mean for justice breyer? justice breyer famously says he does not want the search for his replacement to be one that is overly politicized, but that horse may already be out of the
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barn. this is an incredibly consequential seat. he is one of three remaining justices. if he doesn't have control over the senate, it's not likely tock tob filled by someone who has the same sensibilities as justice breyer. in many respects, it's go time on this question. we're coming up to a midterm election. certainly justice breyer knows that, but he's someone who very much wants this to be a question of considered, measured decision-making, not a political decision. >> all right. paula and melissa, thank you both so much, as always. tomorrow is the 16th anniversary of hurricane katrina's landfall in louisiana. in new orleans they are bracing for another monster storm. that is next. berty mutual's coverage customizer tool? so you only pay for what you need. sorry? limu, you're an animal! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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cardinals game, cancelled as the new orleans team makes plans to evacuate to dallas ahead of the storm. to the west in lake charles, crystal fogelman just can't take another storm. >> we have been through rita. hurricane ike. and then, laura and delta. >> reporter: after losing her home to hurricane laura a year ago, she and her family now call this trailer home. everyone praying ida steers clear. >> we've been watching it. you know? and trying to get, you know, plans in action. but, you know, you're -- you're still -- you're on the -- the edge of the seat, like okay, you know, what is this thing gonna do? >> that was nbc's morgan chesky reporting. more "american voices," after the break. but first, a preview of what else is ahead tonight here on msnbc. hey there. i'm joshua johnson. tonight, at 8:00 eastern on "the week," texas governor greg abbott bans government man dates on covid vaccines. plus, the statehouse advances voting restrictions.
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right now, voting rights rallies are underway across the country. protestors are demanding protection from a wave of ballot restrictions in republican-led states. we'll get into that with texas congresswoman sheila jackson lee. president biden says another attack on the airport in kabul is, both, likely and imminent. this after a deadly u.s. drone strike against the terror group isis-k. and a federal judge sanctions lawyers who spread former-president trump's big lie about the 2020 election. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, i'm joshua johnson. welcome to "the week." let us begin tonight with hurricane ida. residents are trying to head inland as this major storm approaches. bill karins starts us off tonight with the latest on ida.

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