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Tropical Storm Barry Threatens to Become Hurricane on Landfall on Gulf Coast; Cities Along Gulf Coast Experience Heavy Rains and Possible Flooding; Morgan City Mayor Frank Grizzaffi Interviewed on Threat of Tropical Storm to City; ICE Plans Raids in Cities Across Country to Deport Undocumented Immigrants; Woman whose Stepfather Deported by ICE Interviewed on Impact to Her Family; Joe Biden Campaigns in New Hampshire; Serena Williams Loses at Wimbledon. Aired 10-11a ET.
Aired July 13, 2019 - 10:00 ET
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[10:00:28] CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Thank you for making some time for us this morning, Saturday, July 13th. I'm Christi Paul.
MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN ANCHOR: And I'm Martin Savidge in for Victor Blackwell. You are in the CNN Newsroom.
PAUL: And we're talking about tropical storm Barry approaching hurricane strength this, expected to make landfall in the next few hours, we believe.
SAVIDGE: The center of the storm just under 50 miles from the coast, and it is expected to hit this morning, or maybe early in the afternoon. Rescue operations, though, already underway.
PAUL: We have learned 12 people and a cat have been safely evacuated by the Coast Guard from rising flood waters in Louisiana.
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TERRY DAIGRE, SHERIFF'S OFFICE CHIEF DEPUTY, TERREBONNE PARISH: We had some people on Island Road to the east of us that ignored that warning, decided to stay in their residence, Then during the early morning hours this morning had to call for help, started taking on a lot of water. Their houses were flooded. I'm not exactly sure how much water was inside the house, but multiple feet of water inside their residence. They couldn't get to safety.
They reached out to us for assistance. Unfortunately, by that time, the water levels and the weather condition at that time, we didn't personally have the equipment to go and rescue them. We had to make a phone call to Coast Guard.
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PAUL: We have got reporters all across the area. I want to start in the Gulf Coast region with CNN anchor and national correspondent Erica Hill live in Lafayette, Louisiana. Erica, what are you feeling there now?
ERICA HILL, CNN ANCHOR: Christi, good morning. So there's almost a little bit of a lull at this moment. We have seen the rain come and go. It's been pretty light the whole time, not too much wind, and that's because, as you both pointed out, we're still a few hours from this storm making landfall. It is moving very, very slowly. We do know that from the most recent update from the National Hurricane Center at 8:00 a.m., we do know that it did increase in strength, and it is expected to make landfall as a hurricane. But again, this is hours away.
And what comes with it is hours and hours, really days of rain. And it is all of that rain, inches of rain, that has local officials concerned. Here in Lafayette where we are, one of the reasons that we're focused on this region, in this particular city, I should say, is because this is a staging area. They are expecting a lot of rescue calls. You mentioned the 12 people who were rescued earlier today. So here in the city, there are boats, there are highwater vehicles, there are buses to take people who may be evacuated off to meet up with their family and their friends to be reunited. That's all ready to go here, but just a little bit of south of us is where there's a major concern, including in St. Mary's Parish. That's where Morgan City is located, and that's where CNN's Natasha Chen is. And the big concern there is flooding. The amount of rain that is potentially coming your way, Natasha, and I know officials are concerned about hopefully getting some breaks in between the rain so that the city can in fact keep up with all of this water.
NATASHA CHEN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, that's right, Erica, and I can tell you, this is not one of those breaks. We are getting blown around with a bunch of rain right now. But I am here with the mayor of Morgan City, Mayor Boo Grizzaffi, and you were telling me about how you prepared for this and what your concern is about how the pumps can handle the rain that's coming.
MAYOR FRANK GRIZZAFFI, MORGAN CITY, LOUISIANA: Right. you know, yesterday's forecast of 20 to 30 inches of rain, we got in touch with the governor's office and we got additional pumping capacity here. Our city can handle the first five inches comfortably. After that one inch every additional hour, so when you have a forecast of 30 inches, the math doesn't work.
So we have extra pumping capacity n here. We hadn't seen the rain that we thought we would get, but we're seeing a pesky wind, 40 to 50 miles an hour sustained winds. And it's placing havoc on our utility system. Currently about 30 percent of the city is out of power. We have seven poles on the ground. And the wind is a little too strong right now for our utility crews to get in those bucket trucks. So we're preparing for as soon as the weather blows over to get back up there and start restoring power.
CHEN: You were telling me about a mobile home that had a wire fall on them that was a situation your city crews had to get to.
GRIZZAFFI: Right. And part of your job as mayor council administration is light and in property. And we got a mutual aid call from across the river of a family in a trailer with a live power line on top of it. They were trapped inside, and their utility service was already hunkered down and not in the area. So we took our guys off the scene and ran them over there to help out. So, when you got a hurricane coming, there's no city line. We kind of help each other, so we're glad to help out.
[10:05:00] CHEN: And you were telling me that you haven't seen a strong storm come through Morgan City in several years. How does that color how you have prepared for this and what you're telling your citizens?
GRIZZAFFI: The template to handle a hurricane has been here for a long time, and we're following that to a tee. But when you don't have a hurricane here since 2012, some of the utility poles may have gotten a little weaker. That shows when the wind starts blowing. So the good thing is now we'll get new polls in the ground. The bad thing is people at home, no air conditioning, unable to watch CNN and all the good things, internet type stuff. So your convenience is a loss, and our job here is to try to get that restored as soon as possible.
CHEN: I know you brought in extra pumps yesterday because that is the main concern. You don't want the streets to be flooded with water here. Are they working well right now? It still hasn't really seen the worst yet.
GRIZZAFFI: No, we've got all the pumps operating now. We're trying to keep our ditches all the way down to the dirt to have capacity. We issued a voluntary evacuation yesterday. I don't believe a handful of people left. Category one doesn't scare anybody in south Louisiana, but you do have to make through it. The wind causes problems, you've got electricity problems, you'll go without electricity. That's expected. We have some sewer lift station problems due to electrical failures, but we're trying to get some generation there now. But for the most part, there's a lot of rain coming. Somebody's going to get it. We're prepared for it if it comes this way.
CHEN: The people who have not left for the most part, even though the evacuation was voluntary, would you have advised them to really get out of town, or do you understand and empathize with their reaction to this just being a category one, so to speak?
GRIZZAFFI: Right. The thing we get concerned about now is a lot of people are anxious to get out and see what's happening. They like to see the tree branches on the ground, what type of destruction the wind is causing. But my advice is stay inside. It's still dangerous outside. There's a lot of work to be done. We're out there to protect you but it's hard to do when we're trying to deal with a lot of sight seers. So hunker down, we'll get power restored as soon as possible, and we'll try to get this city back to normal.
But the problem is we haven't seen the worst of it yet. It's just starting. The eye wall expected to go in around noon. We're on the worst side of that, so we're going to get more wind, we're going to get more rain, and we're prepared.
CHEN: And the final thing is the forecast has sort of shifted over time. Are things looking better for you at this point than it did yesterday?
GRIZZAFFI: Absolutely. Twenty to 30 inches of rain would be devastating for our community, 10 inches of rain is a lot more durable over the duration of the storm, which is 16 to 20 hours. So we feel pretty confident that we have the assets in place to handle a torrential downpour for a long period of time. This wind right here is causing us some problems, but we have seen a lot worse.
CHEN: Thank you so much, Mayor Boo Grizzafi. He is handling a lot of the situation here with the city preparing for a lot of water, right now a lot of wind as well. Erica, I'm going to throw it back to you. And we'll see how this place fares later today.
HILL: We'll continue to check in with you, Natasha, thank you.
Not too far from where I'm standing, just a little bit southwest I guess, is where we find CNN's Nick Watt. He's in Youngsville. And you're focused in that area because of the river that is here in Lafayette but also makes its way down to Youngsville, the Vermilion River, which is actually below its normal levels for this time of year. But that doesn't mean that this region, Nick, is totally out of the woods.
NICK WATT, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, that's right, Erica. We are about 15 minutes drive from where you are, but we are also 10 feet lower. So when rain falls here, this is a big flat area. When rain falls, it can sit. And the slower that Barry gets, the more concerned people around here become. They know what a flood looks like in southern Louisiana, and they have learned some lessons. They have what they call here the historic flood back in 2016, 600 homes in this little city were flooded, including the police chief's, his home completely flooded, 300 and something homes of 320 in his subdivision, almost all of them were flooded back in 2016.
Since then, they have been improved the drainage system, they have improved the capacity of the retention ponds around here. But, as the director of public works told us as he was driving around this morning, checking the drains, you could only do what you do, and there aren't that many drainage systems that can handle 15 or 20 inches of rain.
So the slower Barry gets, the more rain it could dump, and that is what they're concerned about. The rain scheduled to move in here at about noontime today. The police are on the roads, they are getting ready for what could be a deluge. Erica?
HILL: Nick Watt in Youngsville for us this morning. So Christi, Martin, you get a sense of it is really starting, the storm really starting to make its way.
[10:10:04] It may be hours from landfall, but certainly the effects are starting to be felt. And there is this, you don't want to call it anticipation, but it's just this waiting period, really, for a storm that we know is going to last for a very long time.
PAUL: Yes, days this thing is going to last. Erica Hill, we appreciate it so much. Thank you.
At this time tomorrow morning, President Trump's migrant raids may be in progress. Protesters of those raids are organizing today in cities across the country as thousands of immigrant families are decided what to do. We're talking to one woman who says her stepfather sat in a deportation facility for eight months. The challenge she is now making to politicians who say conditions there aren't so bad.
PAUL: So immigrants said to be skipping work, they're hiding out, as ICE agents prepare to go door to door tomorrow in nine major cities, expected to deport as many as 2,000 undocumented families.
SAVIDGE: Last night, thousands took to the streets and protested President Trump's deportation raids.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We must stop this now. The time is now. We cannot wait for another death at our border. We cannot wait for another death at the detention center.
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SAVIDGE: A U.S. official says that they are focusing on families who already have court orders to be removed. An ICE spokesperson said ICE prioritizes the arrest and removal of unlawfully present aliens who pose a threat to national security, public safety, and border security.
[10:15:9] PAUL: CNN's Polo Sandoval is following this. Polo, wondering what you have seen in the last few hours.
POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: So at its core here, guys, is basically the same threat that we heard from the administration last month, except now of course the Trump administration vowing that it will move forward with its plan to deport up to 2,000 undocumented people across the country. Important to point out that these kinds of ICE operations are certainly not new, but what certainly stands out here is how the administration is essentially prioritizing some of these undocumented families versus some of the violent offenders, for example, those criminal undocumented people that we have seen during previous administrations.
What we do know, as you point out, that ICE officials, Immigration and Customs Enforcement expected to go through at least nine major cities across the country, essentially executing these outstanding orders for removal. These are people who have already been ordered by an immigration judge to essentially self-deport, but did not do so. So what we're seeing here is federal authorities starting tomorrow, according to what we're hearing, will begin these kinds of threats or these raids.
Now immigration advocates saying that this is certainly sparking some fears among the undocumented families and those who live with them. We heard from some families who are essentially approaching this as storm preparation, stockpiling supplies and food, planning on staying put for as long as it takes until the threat essentially passes. And a quick reminder, again, this was on June 22nd when President Trump took to Twitter saying that he was going to postpone these operations, giving Republicans and Democrats in Washington some time to sort out what he called this asylum loophole. Here we are three weeks later, now Victor and Christi, or Martin and Christi. Now it seems that these raids are expected to begin starting tomorrow, at least that's what we know right now. Back to you.
SAVIDGE: Polo, any idea which of the cities that have been named so far that may see the most activity?
SANDOVAL: I can tell you what we were expected to see about three weeks ago, that was 130 people alone that would be targeted here in the New York area. Los Angeles was certainly going to be one of the places that was going to see similar numbers as well. And this is also what we're hearing from officials at the municipal level basically speaking out against these kinds of policies. And in some of these cities, including in Los Angeles, officials basically saying that the city employees are not to comply, or at least participate in any kind of federal operation. So again, these are the kinds of numbers that we expect could be upwards of over 100 people in some of the nation's largest cities. Martin and Christi, back to you.
SAVIDGE: We will have crews out there following in Washington as this all takes place. Polo Sandoval, thanks very much.
Detentions and deportations can have a long-lasting impact for families who are torn apart. Last September, Farah Broomandi experienced that firsthand. Her stepfather was detained by immigration agents and was taken to a detention center.
PAUL: He stayed there, she says, for eight months, and she describes this as terrible living conditions, and says her stepfather was then deported, and that her family was, quote, destroyed at the hands of ICE. Farah is with us now this morning. Farah, thank you so much for taking time to talk to us. Help us understand that moment that your stepfather was taken into custody.
FARAH BROOMANDI, STEPFATHER WAS DETAINED BY ICE AGENTS: Can you say that again?
PAUL: Help us understand what it was like for you when your stepfather was taken into custody. Can you kind of relive that for us?
BROOMANDI: It was our worst nightmare. I think when you have a loved one living in fear, the whole family is kind of living in fear. Our family is not like most families where I think that the entire family is kind of living in -- I feel like we are all here documented except for my stepdad. So when I got the call from my mom that he had been taken, it was just like, unreal. And --
PAUL: I know it's hard.
BROOMANDI: I feel like I'm going to cry.
PAUL: It's OK. I'm sorry. And I know it's so hard for you. You said that he was held in detention for eight months and that he was then deported. Do you know where he is now?
BROOMANDI: He was deported. He's in Honduras living with his sister. He spent eight months in detention in the Aurora detention center. They're kind of under a lot of fire for the terrible conditions.
[10:20:02] I feel like we've kind of brought a lot of the light to that. It's kind of been in the national news. My stepdad went through a lot of the terrible conditions that have been in the news, lack of medical care, all of that. So but he was deported in May.
SAVIDGE: Farah, can I ask you, having been through what you've been through with your family and with your father, tomorrow there are the lot of families that are going to be experiencing what you have gone through, and I'm wondering, is there any advice you could give to those who fear they're going to lose a mother or father or sister or brother tomorrow?
BROOMANDI: I think that when this happened to us, we didn't know what -- all of the stuff that's coming out on social media, we were blindsided. We didn't know that ICE was supposed to present a warrant. But they made sure when they took my stepfather, they made sure that nobody was home. They had been surveilling us for two weeks. They made sure that my mom had just driven off to work. They did not give him any Miranda rights. They were supposed to give him Miranda rights. So he was scared, and when they were asking him things, he was giving answers to things that he couldn't remember because he's been here for 20 years.
So you need to remember to -- you don't have to sign anything. You don't need to -- you should be presented a warrant signed by a federal judge. You don't need to speak. If you -- if you are taken by ICE, this destroys family. My family has been destroyed. I'm selling my house to move in with my mom because we have had to close my stepfather's business. Our family has been destroyed.
PAUL: You wrote --
BROOMANDI: But we didn't know our rights.
PAUL: You wrote on Twitter about your dad. You said "For those of you ready to say hateful things, my stepfather owns his business, pays taxes, doesn't use any government aid, and is an upstanding citizen who helps his elderly neighbor with groceries, has an actual food pantry for the needy in his yard." So I'm wondering, did he attempt to go through the legalization process at some point?
BROOMANDI: Can you say that, what was the last question?
PAUL: Did he attempt to become a legal citizen at some point?
BROOMANDI: Yes. We have tried the process many times. It's not as easy as people make it seem. So when you start that process -- he has had trouble with the law 20 years ago. But there's no statute of limitation when you're an immigrant. So --
PAUL: Oh, I understand what you're saying. Farah, I'm sorry, I just want to get this in real quickly before we let you go because we have to go here. But you wrote a couple hours ago on Twitter, I challenge every politician, and who believes the immigration detention centers and camps are not that bad to go live there on the exact condition for seven days, just seven days. Please, tell us your honest to God thoughts then. If you could talk to President Trump, what would you want him to hear from you right now?
BROOMANDI: That's a very hard question. My family has been destroyed. My family has been destroyed. So my kids cry themselves to sleep because Henry has raised them as his own. I'm a single mom. He helped me. I have a lot of chronically -- I'm chronically ill. I have a lot of issues. My mom is very sick. Henry took care of her. He took care of my kids. We're in ruins.
So more than us just loving and being a family, how would he feel if his family was destroyed? But it's more than that. We're one of hundreds of thousands that this is happening to. But does it matter that we're an American citizen family that this is happening to? Does that matter? Because it shouldn't. That's a hard question. I don't know because just because we're an American citizen family, we're white, I don't know. It's a frustrating question, not towards you.
[10:25:07] PAUL: I understand.
BROOMANDI: I have a lot of things I could say.
PAUL: I understand. I know. And I'm sorry that we don't have more time. But I just wanted to give you an opportunity to say what was on your mind, and I think you did so. I think you did so. Farah, thank you for taking the time to be with us. We wish you the very best.
BROOMANDI: Thank you for having me.
SAVIDGE: Still to come, tropical storm Barry is approaching hurricane strength and expected to become a hurricane at landfall. We are live on the ground along the Gulf Coast with the latest.
PAUL: Tropical storm Barry is almost a hurricane, expected to become one at landfall.
SAVIDGE: The center of that storm is now just under 50 miles from the coast. Forecasts predict that it will hit this morning or early in the afternoon.
PAUL: The Coast Guard is conducting rescue operations as we speak, in fact. Already a dozen people have been safely evacuated from rising flood waters. CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar in the CNN weather center. So how long, Allison before -- this thing seems to almost be sitting still at the moment, which I know has to be bad because it's just fueling this storm.
ALLISON CHINCHAR, CNN METEOROLOGIST: It's bad for a couple of reasons. Obviously the slower the storm moves, the longer it has to be able to dump tremendous amounts of rain.
[10:30:04] But one other things I want to note, too, the longer it sits over the water, the more time it has to intensify and strengthen. And we don't want that. We don't want this storm to get any stronger than it already is. Here's the latest statistics, still 70 mile-per- hour winds right now sustained. Keep in mind, that's only four miles per hour off from being a category one storm. So we're very, very close.
Forward movement, northwest at only five miles per hour. There are hurricane hunters out right now taking a look at this particular storm. They're going in, they're taking a look at the storm and getting up some numbers of what it's currently doing in the storm right now. Here's the thing, the track of this storm is going to continue to take it further off to the north, making landfall in Louisiana today. After that, it will continue to take all of that very heavy rainfall to some of the other states as well. That's going to be the main concern with this storm, is all of that heavy rainfall that's going to be dumped not just in Louisiana but some of those other states as well.
That heavier rain, you are already starting to see some of those heavier bands push that into places like Mississippi, places like Alabama. So it's not just Louisiana that has the main concern here. Again, when we talk about overall amounts, looking at that, again, focus here. The bulk of the heavy rain is actually in the southern half of the storm, so for a lot of areas that have yet to be hit, they're going to be seeing the bulk of their heavy rain going forward.
We are talking widespread amounts of five to 10 inches of rain, and several inches that could end up picking up over a foot of rain, and that extends all the way into portions of Tennessee as well. We also have some of the rivers we have been looking at. Baton Rouge has three rivers that run through and around it. All three of them are expected to get to major flood stage because of the storm. One of them even potentially breaking its all-time record.
You also have severe storms to worry about. We're talking tornadoes. And again, as we mentioned before, Martin and Christi, the bulk of the severe storms, meaning the ones that would include tornadoes, have yet to arrive in this area. That's likely really not going to ramp up until the afternoon and evening hours today.
PAUL: Allison Chinchar, thank you so much. I know it's been busy for you today.
So to the political arena we go here. Joe Biden making a campaign swing through New Hampshire, invoking the words of former President Obama.
SAVIDGE: Yesterday Biden told reporters he had pretty profound differences with his 2020 Democratic rivals, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris on health care. Vanessa Yurkevich joins us now. And Vanessa, what have you got?
VANESSA YURKEVICH, CNN BUSINESS AND POLITICS REPORTER: Hi, Christi and Martin. We are here in New Hampshire as Joe Biden is making his second day of campaigning in the state. We're here at a house party in Atkinson. But yesterday he spoke to voters about what he thinks the pros and cons are of being a top candidate. The pro is obviously that you're at the top. The con is that you become a target from the other candidates.
We saw this play out in the last debate when Kamala Harris questioned Joe Biden about working with segregationists in the 1950s, and also his position on not supporting federally mandated funding of bussing. So Joe Biden really yesterday talking to voters about that he should be working with the other candidates instead of attacking one another, and talking about the fact that they should be working together towards the future of America. Listen to what he said yesterday.
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JOE BIDEN, (D) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The last thing we need, to use Barack's phrase, is to form a circular firing squad here. But we should be arguing about the future, what are we going to do, what are the things we're going to do? And one of the things we have to do, and I know I'm getting secured by the, quote, new Democratic Party, and I respect them, by the way, is that somehow, somehow, the idea that being able to cooperate with the other side is considered to be naive.
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YURKEVICH: And while he's calling for the candidates to stop attacking each other, that doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Just yesterday, Kamala Harris was on "The View," and she brought up that exchange with Joe Biden in the debate, saying that if you're not prepared for that question, quote, then you're probably not ready, essentially saying you're probably not ready to be president. Now, Joe Biden has one more stop here in the state of New Hampshire. Then he heads to Iowa. And Kamala Harris is actually heading to town tomorrow, so Vice President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris just missing each other here in New Hampshire, Christi and Martin.
SAVIDGE: Interesting how that turned out. Vanessa Yurkevich, thank you very much for that report.
2020 Democratic hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand gave a passionate answer to a question about the term "white privilege" at a campaign stop in Ohio.
[10:35:00] PAUL: The question comes as the Democratic contenders are working show that they understand the challenges facing minority communities, and that they have plans to combat them.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The Democratic Party loves to throw around terms like "white privilege." This is an area across all demographics has been depressed because of the loss of its industry and the opioid crisis. So what do you have to say to people in this area about so called white privilege?
SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND, (D-NY) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Institutional racism is real. It doesn't take away your pain or your suffering. It's just a different issue. Your suffering is just as important as a black or brown person's suffering, but to fix the problems that are happening in a black community, you need far more transformational efforts that are targeted for real racism that exists every day.
So if your son is 15 years old and smokes pot, he smokes pot just as much as the black boy in his neighborhood and the Latino boy in his neighborhood, but that black and brown boy is four times more likely to be arrested. And when he's arrested, that criminal justice system might require him to pay bail, 500 bucks. That kid does not have 500 bucks, he might not be able to make bail. If it's an adult with a child at home, and he's a single parent, if he's thrown in jail, no one is with his child. It doesn't matter what he says, I have to go home, I have a child at home, he's only 12, what am I going to do? It doesn't matter. Imagine as a parent how you would feel so helpless. That's institutional racism.
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PAUL: Now, her campaign has also launched a 30 second ad called "I promise" that criticizes the president for what it describes as a series of broken promises. The senator is making stops in Pennsylvania and Michigan as part of this tour as well.
SAVIDGE: Two years ago she was told to pack her bags and get ready to leave. Now, one migrant woman in Chicago says she'll be watching tomorrow's ICE raids very closely. We'll have her story next.
[10:40:42] PAUL: So after being given just months to stay in the United States, a mother in Chicago turned to a local church, and that's how she's seeking sanctuary.
SAVIDGE: Two years later, she's still there. Ann says that she will be anxiously watching tomorrow's ICE raids. CNN's Rosa Flores has her story.
ROSA FLORES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Francisca Lino has lived in Chicago for some 20 years. She is the mom of four U.S. citizens who she raised in the outskirts of town. But for the past two years, Lino has lived inside a church, away from her family, and hoping to not be deported. Lino, who is undocumented, says she gets in a panic thinking about getting pulled away and stashed in overcrowded detention facilities she has seen on the news. She took sanctuary in this church, a place federal agents typically avoid raiding.
Do you have a plan if there is a raid here in this church is this.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No.
FLORES: But now she's worried that it could all come to an end this weekend when planned ICE raids in cities across the country, including Chicago, are set to begin. For more than a decade, a timespan covering administrations of both parties, Lino checked in with immigration officials twice a year, and there was never any issue, until Donald Trump took office. CNN was there in 2017, the morning of her first check-in during the Trump era.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That brings me a lot of fear.
FLORES: It was an emotional affair for her entire family. First an immigration agent told her she could stay for another year.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I feel very happy because I was given another year.
FLORES: And then, her joy turned to heartbreak when she was asked to return to the federal building in four months with her bags packed and a one way ticket out of the country. He daughter became physically ill.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You were having a panic attack upstairs.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I couldn't breathe. I was choked up, I couldn't talk.
FLORES: Lino says that's what her hurts her the most about being hunkered down these last couple of years is not being able to simply hug her daughters outside of this church, especially when they needed their mom. And that's something she may never do again on U.S. soil come this weekend.
PAUL: Rosa Flores there, thank you so much, Rosa.
Now last night Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot responded to the proposed ICE raids, saying this, "We are all aware of the threat from President Trump regarding raids by ICE, and in response Chicago has taken concrete steps to support our immigrant communities. Further, I reiterate that CPD will not cooperate with or facilitate any ICE enforcement actions. Chicago will always be a welcoming city and a champion for the rights of our immigrant and refugee communities, and I encourage any resident in need of legal aid to contact the National Immigrant Justice Center."
Serena Williams hoping to win her 24th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon today. Our Christina MacFarlane was there to watch the battle. And Christina, I'll let you finish the rest of the story.
CHRISTINA MCFARLANE, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT AND ANCHOR: We have just witnessed a huge upset here at Wimbledon. Serena Williams has missed her chance to make history and tie the all-time Grand Slam record after being demolished on center court.
[10:47:58] SAVIDGE: This morning, Serena William was hoping to win her 24th Grand Slam title in the women's singles final at Wimbledon, but I think you can tell by the wording of what I just said, she fell a little short.
PAUL: But look who was there, her good friend, Duchess Meghan, Duchess Kate, there to cheer her on as she took on Simona Halep. I want to go to Christina Macfarlane form London, or she's with us from London right now, CNN's sports correspondent. And I have to tell you, Christina, Martin and I were surprised, let's say, when we heard you say she was demolished.
SAVIDGE: Yes, we weren't expecting that.
PAUL: How bad was it?
CHRISTINA MCFARLANE, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT AND ANCHOR: Guys, I am not kidding when I said she was demolished. She was beaten by Simona Halep here in under an hour, 56 minutes. Have you ever heard anything like that in a Wimbledon final in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. That hurt probably just as much as not equaling the all-time record. This against a player, Simona Halep, who has only beaten her once in history, has one Grand Slam to Serena's 23.
We wondered if the magnitude of this occasion might overwhelm Serena, and I have to say that's what we saw out there on court today. She was mis-hitting her ball. She looked kind of nervous throughout. And she never really looked mentally settled throughout the game. And we saw the Duchess of Sussex up in the royal box, cheering her friend on, clasping her hands, willing her on. But it really made no difference, unfortunately, for Serena.
This is now the third straight final that she has lost and the third attempt to go for that 24th Grand Slam equaling record that she has now failed to do. But we have to give kudos to her opponent, Simona Halep because she said this was her best ever game she has played in her entire life. And I have to say watching this, this was one of the best performances I have ever seen in a women's final out there on center court. Simona Halep just hit three unforced errors, Serena Williams hit 26 unforced errors, very uncharacteristic for her.
[10:50:04] And you have to wonder now how Serena can come back from this psychologically. She has failed now on three attempts. Her coach was speaking to me tomorrow. He said more than anything, she wants to not only match the record but beat it, so how she picks herself up and goes again in a couple of months time for the U.S. Open, we'll just have to wait and see, guys.
PAUL: I think she can do it. SAVIDGE: I was just going to say the same thing. I have all faith in
her. Thank you, Christina Macfarlane, appreciate it very much.
PAUL: Thank you, Christina.
SAVIDGE: A woman asked for a birthday came with a theme from a Disney movie. Instead she ended up with one celebrating marijuana. But this family says they loved the mix up.
PAUL: You know, last fall we shared the story of Luke Mickelson, he's a top 10 CNN Hero in Twin Falls, Idaho. He saw a need to help a few children in his hometown and ended up quitting his day job to follow this passion, giving kids a good night sleep by building free bunk beds and getting kids across the country off the floor. And in less than a year, his project is taking off in ways he never could have imagined. Take a look.
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LUKE MICKELSON, CNN HERO: We went from just one little community to over almost 200 communities now, over 30,000 volunteers. We've also received over 50,000 bed requests.
[10:55:01] We're here to deliver beds. You want to show me where they go? All right.
We started a new program in 2019 to help those kids that have been affected by natural disaster throughout the country.
We bring dignity, self-respect.
We're bringing something that they own and can be proud of.
Yes, you like it?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is how I go under.
PAUL: How many beds can one man build in a day? Go to CNNheroes.com now to see Luke's full update and to nominate someone that you think should be a CNN Hero.
SAVIDGE: A great simple idea with a wonderful impact.
A 25-year-old woman in Georgia loves the Disney movie "Moana" so much, her mom decided to get her a Moana themed cake for her birthday.
PAUL: This didn't go well, because the worker at the local Dairy Queen misheard her. Look what she created there, a marijuana themed ice cream cake. The store offered to change it when they realized the mistake. The family said, no, no, no, they thought the mix up was hysterical. They decided to keep it. The cake decorator told the "USA Today," however, she lost her job, even though she says her manager took the order and approved the design. She says the store later offered to rehire her, but she declined because of the way that she was treated, she said. Happy birthday to whomever that was.
SAVIDGE: One you won't forget.
PAUL: I know. We hope you make good memories today.
SAVIDGE: Have a great weekend.