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[01:00:00] JOHN VAUSE, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: Not so much the comforter in chief but the bragger in chief. It turns out the U.S. president told crowd size to the survivors of a mass shooting in hospital in El Paso, Texas. Children left crying at a parking lot, one pleading for her dad to be released after U.S. immigration officials arrested hundreds of undocumented workers.

And 15 years ago, an ordinary crosswalk became a piece of music history. A looked back at the Beatles Abbey Road. Hello and welcome to our viewers joining us from all around the world. Great to have you with us for another hour. I'm John Vause. You're watching CNN NEWSROOM.

Of all the challenges and the trials facing the United States in a week with 31 Americans were gunned down in two separate mass shootings over the weekend, sources inside the Trump administration tell CNN the president is not happy with the coverage of his trip to Ohio and Texas to meet with survivors.

We're told he spent the entire flight back to Washington fuming. In fact, not one shooting patient being treated at the University Medical Center wanted to meet with the president on Wednesday. So two survivors who were discharged were brought back and that included a two-month-old whose parents had been killed. We have bored out from CNN's Pamela Brown.


PAMELA BROWN, CNN JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT: The President's schedule included a tour of tragedy, two scenes of mass murder in a single day. He greeted some of the recovering victims, the heroes, the first responders, signing autographs, receiving ovations as well as criticism.

It was meant to unite a grieving scared country. But President Trump hardly used the trips to boost his own morale too.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: As you know, we left Ohio and the love, the respect for the office of the presidency, it was -- I wish you could have been there to see it. BROWN: During one hospital visit, he praised the medical staff.

TRUMP: It's an honor to be with you. Look at this group of people.

BROWN: Then boasted about the crowds at his last El Paso rally compared to those of El Paso native a Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke.

TRUMP: What an awesome crowd. We had twice the number of crowd size than any of this crazy Beto. Beto had like 400 people in a parking lot. They said, this crowd was wonderful.

BROWN: All this as 31 victims lay dead. For those still recovering, none of the eight victims at the El Paso hospital Trump visited agreed to meet with him. But two who had already been discharged came back to meet the first couple.

The dual massacres have reenergized nationwide calls for gun control. Trump answered by saying yesterday before leaving for Dayton he'll consider background checks.

TRUMP: I think we can bring up background checks like we've never had before.

BROWN: But Trump also had multiple conversations with NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre this week. Sources telling CNN LaPierre told the president more restrictive gun measures may upset Trump supporters and deep red districts.

The NRA then tweeted in part, none of the current background check proposals would have prevented these tragedies.

So the president is weighing several options according to administration officials. He has said publicly that he's looking at strengthening background checks. The White House is declining to say though if that means he is now backing a House bill that was passed this last February to strengthen background checks.

The White House at that time threatened to veto it. It is sitting on Majority Leader's desk. The Senate hasn't done anything with it. So it remains to be seen if that is now on the table. Pamela Brown, CNN the White House.


VAUSE: The first funeral from the weekend's mass shootings in the U.S. had been held with mourners gathering just across the southern border in Ciudad Juarez for an emotional farewell to 57-year-old Elsa Mendoza. She's one of eight Mexican nationals who were shot dead at an El Paso Walmart on Saturday. A self-described white supremacist accused of targeting Latinos in a killing spree which left 22 dead.

El Paso is relatively close to the southern border, popular destination for Mexicans for shopping as well as work. Officials in Mexico are requesting any U.S. intelligence on white supremacist threats or plots targeting Mexican citizens. Meanwhile, more details are now came to light about the man behind the

massacre. We get details from CNN's Brian Todd reporting in from El Paso.


BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: As authorities piece together a profile of the alleged shooter 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, CNN is learning more about possible warning signs in the weeks leading up to the massacre. Lawyers for the suspects family tell CNN his mother contacted police weeks ago in their hometown of Allen, Texas because she was worried about her son owning an AK-style firearm.

The family attorneys say her warning was more innocuous in nature concerned about her son owning the weapon because of his age, maturity level, and inexperience with such a firearm, but not out of concern that he posed a threat.

[01:05:08] MIGUEL VEGA, FORMER DETECTIVE, EL PASO POLICE: If the call came in here in El Paso, my police officer would respond to the -- to the home and speak to the -- to the mother more in detail.

TODD: The suspect's family lawyers say Allen Police took the mother's call, but based on her description of her son's situation, she was told her son was legally allowed to possess the weapon. The mother didn't give her name or her son's name, the lawyers say, and they say police didn't ask for any more information.

Former El Paso police detective Miguel Vega says he doesn't want to pass judgment on how the Allen Police responded, but he says if he had taken the mother's call --

VEGA: Me personally, I probably would have tried to inquire more information, names, address, a little bit more information to you know, to warrant any further investigation, to further look into it.

TODD: Allen Police tells CNN they always ask if a person calling with those concerns wants to give more information, wants to file a formal report, or wants them to investigate further. But they say in this case, they're not certain what happened because the mother gave so little information.

One lawyer for the suspects family tells CNN "this was not a volatile, explosive, erratic behaving kid. It's not like alarm bells were going off. There are currently 17 states in Washington D.C. most of which leaned Democrat that allow extreme risk protection orders or red flag laws allowing authorities to confiscate firearms from those deemed to be a risk to themselves or others.

Those orders are generally prompted by warnings from relatives and must be approved by a judge. Texas is not one of the states that have red flag laws but it's also not clear the warning from Crusius' mother would have been urgent enough to require confiscation. Experts say the best way to help a loved one you're concerned about is to seek out help immediately. DANIEL LIEBERMAN, PROF OF PSYCHOLOGY AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE: People

can be worried that if they call the authorities, it's going to have a negative influence on someone they care about a great deal. They have to remember that the truth is exactly the opposite. Getting the help, getting the treatment that they need can have a dramatic effect for the better on their lives.

TODD: Meanwhile, we're getting some new information from a source familiar with the suspect's family, some background on his life leading up to the attack. The source telling us that the suspect was confused about the path his life was taking. He was considering going back to college and possibly joining the military, possibly getting a full-time job.

The source giving CNN a very chilling quote. Just when did the wheels start to come off? We don't know. Brian Todd CNN El Paso, Texas.


VAUSE: Well, federal officials are calling it a record-setting operation. 680 people rounded up at a massive government sweep on suspicion they were in the United States illegally. The operation was so meticulous investigators spent months collecting evidence from undercover informants. 680, 680 mums and dads interrogated in their homes, in the communities where they raise families, where they go to church where they made a life.

The raids happened on the first day of school. Their children were left abandoned. More than half of those detained they still in custody. Released or not, all of them are scared, uncertain about what comes next. The stability they once knew is gone and they're traumatized kids are caught in the middle. Here's CNN's Nick Valencia.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Please, can I just see my mother? Please?

NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: An emotional plea from one of the many children left behind after a massive ICE raid on undocumented workers on the outskirts of Jackson, Mississippi.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Government, please feel your hearts. Let my parent (INAUDIBLE) like everybody else, please. Don't leave the child with -- crying like this and (INAUDIBLE)

VALENCIA: This 11 year old like so many others doesn't understand why her parents were taken away from her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He's not a criminal.

VALENCIA: Desiree Hughes works at one of the seven plants across the six Mississippi cities targeted by ICE.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Very hard seeing many kids cry, scream for their loved ones because they're gone. They don't know when they'll see them again.

VALENCIA: Kids who would have had to fend for themselves if not for the compassion of locals like Jordan Barnes.

JORDAN BARNES, OWNER, CLEAR CREEK BOOT CAMP: We're going to have bed available for them and we're going to get food for him just to get him through the night. And if they need transport to school in the morning, we can arrange that as well.

VALENCIA: The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi called the raids the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in American history. More than 600 ICE agents were involved.

MIKE HURST, U.S. ATTORNEY, SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI: Now while we are a nation of immigrants, more than that we are first and foremost a nation of laws.

VALENCIA: Responding to criticism that the arrests of hundreds of undocumented immigrants fell on the first day of school as well as just after a deadly mass shooting that targeted Latinos, an ICE official with direct knowledge of the raids defended the timing as coincidental but said the understood the poor optics.

The official who was on site for the raids telling CNN the emotion is a horrible thing. I saw kids coming up crying at the gates. Some detainees have been released with ankle monitors to reunite with their families. Still, local activists Thursday are expressing outrage about the massive operation in their community. A community they say is only here to contribute.

[01:10:14] NSOMBI LAMBRIGHT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ONE VOICE: We are ashamed about what our state is doing but we're here to let everyone know around the world that we're going to fight back and we're going to make sure that these families are supported.

VALENCIA: Locals estimate that up to half of the 680 undocumented immigrants that were caught in these raids were parents. We did ask a nice official to verify that number. And while they couldn't substantiate it, they did say that any of those that said that they were the sole guardian of children were released.

Those in the cases of two parents being taken into custody, one parent would be released while the other was detained. But as you saw in that report, if not for the compassion of locals, many of these children would have been left to fend for themselves. Nick Valencia, CNN Morton, Mississippi.


VAUSE: And that's the invasion the U.S. President talks about. A foreign invasion so sinister, it was planned 15 years ago. That's how long some of those arrested have been quietly biding their time working menial jobs for a minimum wage or less. An invasion of mums and dads so deceptive they spent years living here breaking no law, filling jobs most real Americans refuse to do. And just like the Soviet spies during the Cold War, these foreign agents had children, raised families, became part of a community which was blissfully unaware of their original crime, crossing a border without the right documentation. A crime so insidious it required the largest workplace sting in U.S. history.

Raul Reyes is a CNN opinion writer and Lawyer and he's with us now from New York. Raul thanks for coming in.


VAUSE: OK. I want you to listen to the mayor of Jackson Mississippi speaking about the ICE raids. He was talking to our affiliate WHA TV.


CHOKWE ANTAR LUMUMBA (D), MAYOR OF JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI: It is a gross display of humanity to me as a parent. As the father of two young girls, to imagine children arriving after their first day of school to a condition where their parents are gone from their lives, I think that we truly have to question where the soul of our nation is at this point in time.


VAUSE: And here's the point. These raids were carried out by agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the direction of the Trump administration but they were done in the name of and behalf of the American people. So ultimately this country owns it, right? They own the screaming children, the kids in cages. They might not like it, they may disagree with it, but they are every bit of the cruelty.

REYES: Sad to say I agree with you. And the thing is the cruelty that we're seeing with these ICE raids is twofold. Number one, it reflects an incredible insensitivity on behalf of the Trump administration because Latinos in the United States are feeling very under attack and targeted this week in the wake of the mass shooting in El Paso.

Now, granted maybe the president could have allowed these raids to go forward. At his word, they could have stood down. But the fact that he pressed ahead with them when so many Latinos have been traumatized by violence already this week is really quite shocking.

And secondly, this reminds me of what we saw last year that really shocked the entire nation which was this is the very ugly spectacle of family separations. I mean, it's hard to find anyone who will defend that when you are literally tearing moms and dads away from their children.

And now we're seeing some of those same very disturbing and upsetting images again in a way that in my view really transcends politics. It just comes down to a matter of who we are as a nation and how we view our fellow you know, citizens and residents in this country.

VAUSE: And let's be clear about exactly who is rounded up and taken away here. We should listen to Luis Espinosa from the Mississippi immigration -- Immigrant Rights Alliance. Here he is.


LUIS ESPINOZA, MISSISSIPPI IMMIGRANT RIGHTS ALLIANCE: I don't see illegals. I don't see -- but people, is only families.


ESPINOZA: Father, mother who wants something better for the kids so they come here and just work. They are not criminals.


VAUSE Surely there has to be more pressing cases for 600 plus ICE agents who are deployed on these raids. If these mums and dads are the biggest threat facing this country from illegal immigration, then this country just don't have a big problem.

REYES: Right, exactly. And consider this. You know DHS and ICE both have a -- together they have a finite amount of resources, a limited amount -- limited amount of money to spend. And they're choosing to spend our national security money on going after you know, families.

And it really makes no sense when you think of number one, the cost of a single deportation that is removing someone from the country. It costs about $10,000 for one person. And these people who will be detained or sent into a detention system that even the U.S. government says right now is bursting at the seams and is wildly overcrowded and at capacity, '

And for those people, these migrants who are detained by the government and choose to pursue some type of case, they will go through an immigration system that has backlogs of up to five years. So we're looking at this incredible waste of resources, waste of money and it doesn't really seem to generate any positive outcomes for the country because I would ask people, do you feel any safer knowing that people in Mississippi who were just living their lives and working are now locked up? How does that make our country better in any way?

[01:15:16] VAUSE: Also noteworthy who was not arrested, you know, maybe legal action is pending I don't know. But at this point, the owners of the businesses were these undocumented immigrants at work, they've not been charged. The managers who did the hiring, they've not been charged. Don't you know anything different to that?

REYES: Right. And you know what, that actually is not a surprise at all because typically in workplace raids, we see you know large amounts of regular folks being taken in and arrested, but the employers are very rarely arrested or charged.

Last -- in the year that ended March this year, in those past 12 months, there were only 11 employers of undocumented people of unauthorized migrants, there were only 11 in the entire nation who faced any criminal charges. And of that 11, only 3 ever saw any jail time. So it seems quite absurd that we're going after the lowest level of people in this -- if you want to look at this type of unauthorized workers as some type of threat when we could be going after employers. And speaking of, our own President Donald Trump and his organization has a long history of hiring undocumented workers,

They're very well documented in outlets like the New York Times, The Washington Post. He has used unauthorized documents at his golf clubs, and his resorts, in his hotels in D.C. So this is a problem that even our president has participated in.

So it's just hard to see -- a hard not to see hypocrisy on behalf of the President and this administration in going after people who are just trying to better their lives and take care of their families.

VAUSE: So putting it aside, whether you agree or disagree with raid, I mean, just put that to one side. Just look at the logistics of the planning here. You touched on this. It seems to be a complete and total failure to take into account the needs of hundreds of children.

A Democrat presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg who tweeted this. "Neighbors are helping children as if they'd been in natural disaster. But this is a policy disaster. It's a disaster of choice including the choice to harm these innocent children. Our nation will be judged for this time for a better."

In cases like this, you know, it's usually assumed the sort of cruelty we see is the result of incompetent. Someone screwed up somewhere. Time and time again it's been revealed that this administration the cruelty is the point. It's not a mistake, it's a policy. Is that what happened here.

REYES: Sad to say you know, I agree with that. And honestly, it brings me no pleasure saying that. But we know from the family separations that went on last year, this administration showed so little regard for what was going to happen to these children who are completely innocent.

Whatever your view is about immigration, illegal immigration, or unauthorized workers, these children had no say in being brought to this country. Many of these children are U.S. citizens. So it represents just a colossal failure of management, and more than that just a colossal failure of American values in terms of how we treat children, how we treat the most vulnerable members of our society, and how what type of images and what type of values we present to the world.

And there is a reason why these raids and the family separations are so disturbing to Americans because most people in this country like to think that we are better than that. And yet as you said, this is our reality. This is 2019. These are pictures and images that the world is seeing.

VAUSE: And ICE released a statement saying the raids have been planned for months which means it was just a coincidence it happened on the same day the president was in El Paso, Texas, you know, a city where Latinos were targeted and shot dead allegedly by white nationalists.

In fact, the White House added they did not care or was just unaware of how bad the timing was seems to speak volumes in and of itself.

REYES: Exactly. The fact that the White House did not care about the timing of these raids really shows such a lack of compassion and sensitivity for Hispanics in the United States. And it might well be true that these rates have been planned for months and months.

And if so, that begs the question that does it ICE and DHS, don't they have more productive targets to go after such as cartel members, or traffickers, or violent criminals. They have spent months and months allegedly just pursuing men and women who are simply working down in Mississippi. That really seems like misplaced priorities and values.

VAUSE: Yes. They doing jobs that Americans don't want to do. It's just -- I keep stressing that up. I mean, it's amazing. Raul, thank you. We appreciate you being with us.

REYES: My pleasure. Thank you.

VAUSE: Jimmy Aldaoud spent his entire life in the United States almost all 41 years in fact in Detroit. But in June, immigration officials deported him to Iraq, a country he's never been to. He's not Muslim. He don't speak Arabic, and now he is dead.

Aldaoud's parents were Iraqi refugees. He was born in a refugee camp in Greece, not long after immigrated legally to the U.S. But unlike his siblings, Aldaoud never became a naturalized citizen. And an early June he was deported forcibly sent to Iraq because of a long history of criminal offenses which his lawyer blames on mental health issues

Aldaoud also suffered from diabetes and was dependent on regular injections of insulin. This video was taken soon after he arrived in Iraq.


[01:20:16] JIMMY ALDAOUD, DEPORTED IN IRAQ: They won't let me call my family. Nothing. They just said, you to Iraq and better cooperate with us. In that way, we're not going to chain you up. We'll put you on a commercial flight.

I beg them. I said, please, I've never seen that country. I've never been there. They forced me. I'm here now. And I don't understand the language, anything. I've been sleeping on the street, I'm diabetic. I take insulin shots. I've been throwing up, throwing up.


VAUSE Aldaoud died earlier this week apparently because he could not get insulin in Iraq. His attorney spoke with CNN's Hala Gorani.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) EDWARD BAJOKA, IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY: He sent him to a town in the south of Iraq called Najaf and Mr. Aldaoud would being a Chaldean Christian already a member of a vulnerable ethnic minority in that country, was sent to a city where there are absolutely no Chaldean Catholics, there's no presence there for anyone in that community, and it's arguably the most dangerous place that they could have possibly sent him.

He was simply unable to obtain the medication that he needed for his diabetes. He's a type 1 diabetic and as everyone knows, they need regular treatments and they need insulin, and he was unable to obtain that.

In fact, he told his sister he was even afraid to go to the hospital because he wasn't sure what would happen to him given the fact that he was clearly American and didn't speak any Arabic.


VAUSE: Aldaoud's family is now hoping his body will be returned to the United States for Catholic burial. Still to come, China bracing for impact as a huge storm inches closer. We'll tell you when it's expected to hit, how strong it will be.


VAUSE: China has issued a red typhoon alert as a powerful storm heads towards its East Coast. Typhoon Lekima has already been blamed for four injuries in a chain of southern Japanese islands. It briefly strengthened to a super typhoon when it made landfall there but it's just since weakened a little.

Still, the storm poses a huge threat to the region. Just how huge, Derek Van Dam joins us with more on this. So, Derek, you're the meteorologist. Tell us how big and how bad.

DEREK VAN DAM, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Yes, John, well, it's going to get pretty rough over the next 12 to 18 hours. In fact, that's how much time you have to prepare your household if you're watching from the eastern coastline of China specifically across the Jiujiang Province.

This is an area where we are particularly concerned about this storm system making landfall again within the next 12 to 28 -- or 12 to 24 hours. These are the threats, excessive rainfall leading to flash flooding and as well as landslides, damaging wind gusts that will impact power. And the air, road, and rail travel services will also be impacted severely because of the heavy rainfall and wind that is expected to impact the east coast of China.

[01:25:33] Here's typhoon Lekima, 215 kilometers per hour sustained winds. It moved across the Southern Ryukyu Islands. That's just south of mainland Japan. It did this kind of a wobble around one of the smaller islands that has about 1,500 people that live on that particular Island so it was spared a direct hit.

But nonetheless, look at these wind gusts 168 kilometers per hour sustained winds. That was actually recorded there by a wind measurement tool. Now you can see the projected path over the next few days and it does bring it into a very populated part of eastern China, including the biggest city, their biggest economic hub, Shanghai.

We're talking to over 26 million people that call that place home. Now you can imagine that a large typhoon moving across the region is going to cause some havoc. It will certainly impact the traveling in and out of that particular city and I'm sure there are already travel delays being discussed.

Now, you can see the Wenzhou region. That is where we expect more of a direct hit from this typhoon as it makes landfall. The winds will start to die down. We do expect some gusty winds may be an excess of 90 to 100 kilometers per hour once it reaches the Shanghai region into the Sunday morning hours.

Rainfall totals here will be excessive, the potential to see over 200 to 250 millimeters. That's why we have the potential flash flooding and landslides. This is not our only threat here. By the way, John, we are monitoring Krosa. That's still churning across the central Pacific. That will impact mainland Japan the middle of next week, so very busy in the Pacific.

VAUSE: Yes. It started out slow, it picked up speed quite quickly. Thanks, Derek. Well, Hong Kong bracing for another weekend at pro- democracy protests. It starts with the three-day sit in at the International Airport, one of those busiest. And these alive images there right now. It's 1:47 in the afternoon, on a Friday, and that is where this protest begins.

Authorities are allowing departing passengers only with travel documents into the terminal. This is a plan to minimize potential disruption there. We should note that the United States, U.K., Japan, among countries which have issued trouble warning to Hong Kong because of these massive protests, which have been sweeping the city now into its 10th week.

And that was the scene there right now at Hong Kong's International Airport as yet another weekend of protest and unrest gets underway.

Still ahead here, India defends a controversial move on Kashmir escalating tensions with Pakistan. The very latest on the disputed region in a moment.


[01:30:23] VAUSE: Welcome back everybody. Thanks for staying with us.

I'm John Vause with an update on our top news.

Parts of China bracing for a powerful storm expected to make landfall in the coming hours. Officials there has issued a red typhoon alert as the Lekima approaches. The typhoon has already caused injuries and power outages in a chain of southern Japanese islands. Nearly 700 people were forcibly removed from their jobs in Mississippi on suspicion they were in the United States illegally. The raids happened Wednesday, the first day of school and many young children were left traumatized when they discovered their parents were gone. Of the 680 people rounded up, authorities say about almost 400 remain in custody.

President Trump weighing his options on how to address gun violence in the wake of last weekends mass shootings. Democrats want him to get behind universal background checks already approved by the House. But the head of the National Rifle Association is warning against more restrictive countermeasures.

The latest debate on gun reform stems from the week's mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. As we reported the suspect in the El Paso attack appears to have a very specific target -- Latinos.

Polo Sandoval takes a look now at a community on edge.


POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Some 2,200 miles from El Paso, Hispanics in Long Island, New York say they are living in fear. Saturday's attack targeting migrants in El Paso reverberated across minority communities throughout the country, including here in the City of Brentwood, New York not far from where there was a series of attacks targeting Hispanics a decade ago, where Maria Magdalena Hernandez worries a Salvadorian immigrant such as herself could also become the targets of white nationalists.

What has changed in the last few days? Is there more fear?

"For me, there's an increased fear," says Hernandez. Adding, "We may not talk about it, but it's definitely palpable in and around our communities. We deserve dignity, respect and peace."

Hernandez's feelings were shared by many we spoke to, including her co-worker, Javier Guzman.

JAVIER GUZMAN, ORGANIZER, MAKE THE ROAD NEW YORK: He was trying to kill immigrants. That's why he went all the way down to the border. So that's scary.

SANDOVAL: Guzman, an organizer with Make the Road New York, which helps migrants says this concern has been heavy on the minds of the families he helps.

GUZMAN: We've seen a lot of fear in the community because of that. And because it's real now. You know, it's not like we can connect those dots and people know that they're in danger just because of the color of their skin.

SANDOVAL: It's also personal for Latinos on the West Coast.

"When things like this happen, we get more worried and we can't remain calm," says Jose Sanchez, a Mexican native living in L.A. This week, President Trump called on the nation to condemn the racism and white supremacy espoused by the El Paso shooter. For many, it fell short.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.

SANDOVAL: The President did not acknowledge that some of the racist words that police believed the shooter posted online actually echoed the President's own words.

In an online manifesto police say the killer rambled about a, quote, "Hispanic invasion of Texas".

TRUMP: If you look at what's marching up, that's an invasion.

Our country is full. We're full.

How do you stop these people? You can't.

AUDIENCE: Shoot them.

TRUMP: That's only in the Panhandle you can get away with that statement.

SANDOVAL: The President's words, some say, help fuel racism, embolden white supremacists and create a climate of fear among the nation's nearly 60 million Latinos.

Back at the scene of the deadliest attack on the Hispanic community in years, the shock and the grief are still raw.

CHRISTINA CARRILLO, EL PASO RESIDENT: We're being attacked and our government needs to step in. If not, the people here will step in.

SANDOVAL: Others are putting their message in writing. At the ever- growing makeshift memorial, three little girls said they were American citizens and the daughters of Mexican parents. "We're afraid to go outside," they wrote to the President. "We hope you read this message. God bless you."


VAUSE: Polo Sandoval there with that report.

Well, tensions are escalating between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region. With warnings from Pakistan's military of a strong response to any military action in the region by India's armed forces.

It comes after New Delhi stripped Indian-controlled Kashmir of its autonomous status. We have details now from Nikhil Kumar.


NIKHIL KUMAR, CNN INDIA BUREAU CHIEF: "This will make things better for Kashmiris." That in a nutshell was the message from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday night, days after his government moved to tightens its grip on Indian-controlled Kashmir.

[01:35:02] On Monday, Modi's government took away the region's special status under the Indian constitution thereby stripping it of the power to set many of its own laws. It also downgraded Jammu and Kashmir State, which includes Indian-controlled Kashmir to a union territory.

This means that it will effectively be run directly by New Delhi. Indian states have much more power to direct the internal affairs.

Speaking in Hindi, Modi defended all this by claiming that the downgrade was only temporary. He said local elections would be held quote, "soon" and said that changes would bring about development and health and terrorism. And even made a direct appeal to Bollywood asking filmmakers to consider the mountains and valleys of what is one of the world's most heavily militarized regions as settings for future projects.

Here's the thing. Even as he spoke to justify these deaths (ph), we're still waiting to get a full picture of what ordinary Kashmiris think of all this. The reason? The Modi government has placed the territory under a massive security crackdown.

For days communications have been down and prominent local politicians have been arrested. Now Kashmir's always on a finally balanced (INAUDIBLE). The territory is divided between Indian and Pakistani- controlled sections. Both countries claim it in its entirety.

And Pakistan has been very critical of India's decision. Islamabad has scaled back its diplomatic ties with New Delhi. Ashraf Ghani has also said it was willing to quote, "go to any extent to fight the new Indian policies".

It's all raised the geopolitical temperature here in South Asia, as people fear that New Delhi's move could ultimately lead to another confrontation between these two nuclear-armed rivals.

Nikhil Kumar, CNN -- New Delhi.


VAUSE: U.S. financial markets have bounced back after steep losses earlier this week. The Dow gained 371 points. The Nasdaq finished up 2.25 percent and the S&P 500 gained nearly 2 percent.

The trade war with China has taken markets on a rollercoaster ride for months now. And even though stocks continue to rebound, prices on consumer goods could soon take a big hit.

CNN's Julia Chatterley explains.


JULIA CHATTERLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: President Trump is threatening more tariffs on Chinese exports to the United States. This time a 10 percent levy on a further $300 billion worth of goods.

This means virtually anything made in China will now be taxed on entry into the United States, I think that until now have avoided tariffs which he said targeted groups purchased by companies with international supply chains.

TRUMP: There's been absolutely no inflation and frankly it hasn't caused our consumer anything.


The data shows average households did pay more last year and now it could get worse. Why? Because these new tariff target things Americans buy every day. Things like smart phones, toys, clothes, shoes.

And to be clear if you're wondering who actually pays the tariff, it's not China. Contrary to the President's assertions.

TRUMP: Our country is taking in billions and billions of dollars from China.

CHATTERLEY: Nope, it's the U.S. company that imports Chinese goods that pays the tariff, not China.

Now some Chinese manufacturers might decide to help out and share that cost but normally it's the U.S. firm that pays the tariff bill (ph). And many firms will then toss that cost on to the U.S. consumer by charging higher prices.

MATT PRIEST, CEO, FOOTWEAR DISTRIBUTORS AND RETAILERS OF AMERICA: We paid $3 billion in duties last year. And we know for a fact that as prices go up, the consumer will be hit. And so if you think about the consumer being hit on every single consumer good, this will be a death by a thousand cuts for American consumers here at home.

CHATTERLEY: That's why one analyst predicts Apple could 68 million fewer iPhones next year. When prices go up, sales go down.

And that's the real threat to the U.S. economy from this latest round of tariffs. The American consumer has been propping up this economy showing resilience in the face of the escalating trade battle. But if every day goods get more expensive and the consumer then starts to pull back, the longest U.S. economic expansion in history could be in trouble.


VAUSE: Well, the clock is running out, (INAUDIBLE) the worst of the climate crisis. When we come back the U.N. issuing another dire warning with threats (ph) to changes immediately to prevent the unthinkable. Details in a moment.


VAUSE: A new report from the U.N. has warned that if we're to avoid a climate change worst-case scenario, we need to dramatically change how and what we eat. Internet (ph) researchers say too much of the planet has been badly damaged.


VALERIE MASSON DELMOTTE, INTER-GOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE: We humans affect more than 70 percent of ice-free land. A quarter of these land is degraded. The way we produce food and what we eat contributes to the loss of nature ecosystems and declining biodiversity.

Today 500 million people live in areas that experience desertification. People living in already degraded or desertified areas are increasingly negatively affected by climate change.


VAUSE: The report highlights agriculture and food production as major drivers of global warming since climate change is undermining food security and access. And early warning systems are critically needed to preserve crop yields.

The climate crisis is also increasing the rainfall intensity and flooding as well as drought frequency and severity. The planet is being degraded by heat stress, wind, rising sea levels and wave actions.

Now in Ecuador, the Amazon rainforest is being protected from degradation after an indigenous tribe took on the government and its plan to expand oil drilling.

CNN's Becky Anderson has this report.


BECKY ANDERSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Called the lungs of the earth, the Amazon is the world's largest rainforest. And one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. Its six million square kilometers of forest are a key buffer against increasing levels of carbon in our atmosphere. But this precious natural resource has long been under threat.

Now one tribe is fighting back.

NEMONTE NENQUIMO, WAORANI TRIBE LEADER (through translator): We came here for our right to live. We haven't come here to negotiate with the government. We came here to get the government to respect our jungle, our land. It's our home.

ANDERSON: Nemonte Nenquimo is a leader of the Waorani, one of a number of indigenous tribes that still call the rainforest home.

The Ecuadorian government has sought to expand oil production in the region to boost an ailing economy, a move that threatens the tribal way of life. In response, the Waorani people have taken to the streets and courts of Ecuador to prevent the government selling their ancestral lands to oil companies.

With the help of an NGO called Amazon Frontlines, the tribe won a landmark case in April which campaigners say protects half million acres of rainforest. That ruling was upheld against an appeal by the ministries of environment and energy, a second victory for Nemonte and her tribe.

[01:44:58] NENQUIMO: We have won the victory. This means that our children and future generations are going to live healthy, free and happy.

ANDERSON: This story is a rare glimmer of hope in a fight to save the Amazon and could pave the way for other tribes to take similar action.

Ecuadorian officials were not available for comment. In July they said in a statement --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is important to highlight that this ruling does not affect in any way the oil production in our country. We confirm our commitment to develop our natural resources with the highest social and environmental standards, respecting the communities' rights in the key project areas.

NENQUIMO: The only message I can give to the other countries is to have a sword to defend our jungle for future generations because we are not children. And it's our children who benefit.

ANDERSON: While the Waorani lands are protected for now, other parts of the Amazon are at increasing risk. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has undone decades of rainforest protections, causing deforestation in Brazil to accelerate in June to over 1.5 football fields every minute.

And leading researchers fear the Amazon is at a dangerous tipping point. Unless drastic action is taken, Nemonte and tribes like hers may be the last ones standing in defense of this priceless natural resource.

Becky Anderson, CNN -- London.


VAUSE: Well, even if you are not a Beatles fan, you probably recognize this famous crosswalk. We'll tell you how hundreds of fans are celebrating one of the band's milestone anniversary. 50 years -- God, I'm so old.

That's next.


VAUSE: 50 years ago today, four men crossed the road and made history. It's the album cover for "Abbey Road" the most popular of all Beatles' albums and also their last.

Half a century later, the band and music and the photo snapped by Linda McCartney seem to be as relevant as ever. And now that humble London crosswalk featured in the photo has become an enormous tourist attraction, hundreds made a musical pilgrimage there on Thursday to mark its anniversary and to recreate history.

Simon Cullen was there.


SIMON CULLEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: This used to be a quiet, suburban crosswalk in north London. Now it's a heaving shrine to the Beatles. Never more so than on the 50th anniversary of the band's "Abbey Road" photo shoot.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It makes you really happy to know that there are so many young people here, and that they are still just as loved as they were 50 years on.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's an icon, isn't it? An icon of a cover.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They can remember the music. They can sing along to the music.

CULLEN: The album's cover has been copied by prime ministers, Beatles lookalikes, Olympic torchbearers, even Sir Paul McCartney himself returned here last year, this time wearing sandals. No longer the bare-footed rocker in his 20s.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Now, it's one of the most iconic covers. I think the thing people love about it is it's a simple thing that anybody can do. We all cross the street. The Beatles are human just like us. They cross streets.

[01:50:02] CULLEN: The original photo shoot lasted about 15 minutes with the help of a local policeman to stop the traffic. These days, fans spend much longer here. It's a pilgrimage, part of the band's enduring legacy.

And it's not just on anniversaries. It is year-round. Tourists posing for photos with a little help from their friends.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Every day, six times a day.

CULLEN: But today, it's about celebration. Remembering an iconic record cover and band that continues to unite fans from all over the world.

Simon Cullen, CNN -- Abbey Road, London.


VAUSE: Entertainment and pop culture expert Jacquie Jordan is with us from Los Angeles. Jacquie -- thanks for coming in. You're a big Beatles fan. JACQUIE JORDAN, ENTERTAINMENT AND POP CULTURE EXPERT: Hey -- come together. How fun is that 50 years --

VAUSE: Come together, you and me.

JORDAN: I have to say, this is probably the most iconic, at least in my opinion as a pop culture media expert and probably for every Beatles fan out there, this is probably the most iconic album cover in music history.


JORDAN: At least in my opinion.

VAUSE: Let's look at it. It's four guys on a crosswalk. It makes no political statement. It's not particularly elaborate in any way. They're walking across a road. But how did it become one of the most famous images in music history?

JORDAN: Well, you know, there is an urban myth that they were recreating a funeral procession and there was a lot of symbology in that. I mean you have some of the Beatles later on went into a lot more of that symbology such as Paul McCartney having no shoes on because you don't bury the dead with their shoes on.

But that takes it in a whole different direction. I think what's fantastic about this is Scottish photographer Iain Macmillan shot the shot, took six pictures and used the fifth photo on it. When we produce photo albums and imagery now we are so meticulous about it and here we just -- they got the shot that has become iconic.

And even Paul McCartney tweeted that his pre-deceased wife Linda McCartney shot a shot of Iain Macmillan taking that shot and it's iconic because, you know, here in Los Angeles it's Hollywood and Vine is where we go to stand and become famous. In the U.K. it's Abbey Road.

VAUSE: Let me give you my theory, the album "Abbey Road" the most popular Beatles album ever recorded. Also turned out to be their last -- the last time they would come together.

JORDAN: Yes, it did. They would come together.

VAUSE: How much did that actually play into the popularity of the photo?

JORDAN: I think it plays a lot because in 1971, they did "Let It Be" they all recorded separately. So I think that there is something really significant. And from this album came "Something" and also "Here Comes the Sun" you know.

And I know that in the next month this is going to be the 50th anniversary of the release of this album they're going to -- letting -- dropping some remastered and never heard sessions from the album.

VAUSE: Ok. Funny you should mention that because that's actually my next question. They're going to release 17 tracks apparently -- have a quick listen.

This is what Paul McCartney tweeted out. Have a listen to this.


VAUSE: They record in high-grade stereo, 5.1 surround, Dolby (INAUDIBLE) -- I don't know what any of this means claims to (INAUDIBLE) the recordings and demos which are mostly unreleased. But the question is how much more could be milked out of this group. It's been 50 years since this album came out.

JORDAN: Well, if you want -- if you read some of the press release around it, it's very tricky about how they do re-mask.

But listen, what they stood for in 1969 to what is going on right now in the world we really need some of the magic and some of the beauty that the Beatles brought to all of us. And I think that's also why this is iconic for many generations, Gen Z, Gen X, millennials, and of course, Baby Boomers. And that's one of the bands whose music has stood the test of time.

VAUSE: You know, the photo and the name of the album apparently all happened on a whim. Paul McCartney was on CBS "60 Minutes" last year. Apparently the working title was "Everest". He told "60 Minutes", "We were in the studio downstairs -- (INAUDIBLE) - downstairs putting finishing touches to the album and had another title going on that we didn't really like.

He said hey, why don't we just call "Abbey Road". And what could we do, we can just go right outside walk across the crossing. So it's done, you know. And it was like yes, ok. Everyone agreed.

And you know, know that, easy to go outside, take a snap and be done rather than go in the fall but this is often sort of how great moments happen for the Beatles.

JORDAN: You know, you want to go visit Abbey Road and if you're not visiting Abbey Road, you want to go to Penny Lane. So you know, they kept it simple and they kept it fun for all of us.

VAUSE: It was one that seems that everything the Beatles touch towards the end -- almost everything. I mean you know, "The Magical Mystery Tour" movie was a bit of a disaster but everything else apart from that just was -- took a sort of status.

[01:55:07] JORDAN: I do. Well, I think that they really hit a historical heartbeat for the culture and I think that we're literally hitting a historical heartbeat for our own culture right now.

So I think it makes sense that the 50th anniversary should be celebrated and recognized for what it is. And you know, we were in a very strange and turbulent time in 1969 and 1970 and we're in some very strange times right now, too.

VAUSE: And we should appreciate the genius and just the sheer talent of these guys. And never to be repeated again. JORDAN: Absolutely.

VAUSE: Jacquie -- thanks so much. We love having you with us.

JORDAN: Thanks a lot -- John.

VAUSE: Appreciate it.

JORDAN: Thanks.

VAUSE: It's the end of the week. It's time for a drink. Scientists have claimed to create a vodka with real kick.

Apparently there's ingredients from Chernobyl's nuclear explosion site. They're calling call it Atomik Vodka. It's made from grain and water -- (CROSSTALKING)

Who would buy this. Scientists from England and Ukraine did find radioactivity in that grain but they say they remove the dangerous bits. And if you believe that then go ahead and drink. Apparently it's safe. Enjoy.

Chernobyl was the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, just for reference. Some batch of the vodka is supposed to go on sale this years. Most of the profits will be going to the communities which has suffered from that nuclear disaster, so drink up everyone.

Thank you for watching CNN NEWSROOM. I'm John Vause.

Natalie Allen takes over from me right after the break. You're watching CNN. See you next week.


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