tv Jose Diaz- Balart Reports MSNBC June 27, 2022 7:00am-8:00am PDT
good morning. 10:00 a.m. eastern. 7:00 a.m. pacific. we're awaiting cases from the supreme court. just seven sessions to go that will decide whether a controversial trump era rule will stay in effect as the fall out continues from friday's historic ruling, the overturning of roe versus wade. a look at the legal battles ahead. we have brand new video obtained
of brittney griner. right now president biden is overseas for the g7 conference where he's meeting with alies on the global economy and ukraine. we'll have live reports from austria an kyiv. congressman castro of texas will talk about it. any moment now the u.s. supreme court could issue rulings in big cases. eight states have now complete bans on abortion. seven others have trigger laws that would take effect soon.
several other states are enacting tough new restrictions. other states are seeking to expand access to abortion. this morning, we have a new look into how americans feel about abortion rights. a new npr and pbs news hour poll finds that 40% of americans support the decision to overturn roe wade while 56% are against it. a new cbs poll finds that 52% of all americans believe overturning roe versus wade is a step back ward for the united states and since the ruling came down, a number of companies have publicly said they will cover travel expenses for employees who live in states where abortion is banned or severely restricted to go elsewhere to get an abortion.
what are you hearing from protesters today? >> reporter: since friday, the dynamic outside the court has shifted a lot. you'll see over my right shoulder you have a group of people who are singing hymns and celebrating. i'm not going to walk too far over this way today because there are some demonstrators with more graphic views of fetuses that viewers might find disturbing. the majority of people here against the decision on friday and upset with the state of our country and what the justices decide. i want you to hear some of the conversations with people i had.
>> i'm eight and a half months pregnant with daughter and never in mall years did i think that i would have to fight for a basic fundamental right for myself and for her. this is just such an important issue that, i mean thought was settled. it shouldn't even be an argument and the fact that my daughter will be born with fewer rights than i had is just unthinkable. >> explaining it to my children is the only way to change things and for them to come and see what it's like to protest and be part of it. they asked me, you know, one of my children said, i'm tired. do i have to walk. i said we've been tired for a long time. >> reporter: the second woman had marched for her rights as a gay woman to marry her wife. 7 years ago yesterday there was a lot of concern about the right to contraception a and the
potential to be over turned. a lot of the chants chanting what comes next because they thought roe was a pres dent and something the justices said they respected. the other thing is people want to turn out in november. they want to vote but said we did vote in 2020. we voted for biden, the democratic lawmakers in congress and we want to see an effort towards change now. not wait until november. >> the latino community is probably the most divided of any racial or ethnic group when it comes to the issue of abortion. this ruling comes months before the midterm election. >> reporter: 68% of latino's said they disapprove of the decision to overturn roe versus wade. the question is what will they do with the messaging when it
comes to both sides of the aisle especially in swing states like florida. this is a county that is 70% latino. we talked to political strategist about how they expect to use this messaging, if at all. >> in our organization, we're going to have changes based on the work that we do on the ground. there's certain states, including texas and here in florida where we have a strong activist base. the outreach that we're doing to the latino and latin x community in these states changes because we're seeing a surge in interest from people in our community who want to get involved. who want to join the fight. >> i think that economy, education and safety. we want to live in safe neighborhood. those are the three main issues that hispanics are taking into consideration when they want to vote. i don't think that abortion or
gun control have anything to do with those three most important things. >> reporter: it's interesting to hear the democrats say they are all hands on deck. they are going in and focus on this ahead of the midterms. the republicans on the ground say, this is win for them but it's not something they necessarily want focus on explicitty. just to give you some context, latinos are the largest non-white voting block in this country right now. the ability of politicians to really harness this issue and get it right is what is going to be the key for them to mobilize this critical demographic. jose. >> important story. thank you for being with us. we have breaking news out of the supreme court. pete. >> another very pro-religion decision in one of the most closely watched cases of the term. this is the case of the coach, the assistant football coach out
in washington who had a habit of praying on the 50 yard line immediately after games. the school district told him he should not do that. he should find a more private place to do that because people would think that was somehow the school endorsing his religious views or particularly religion but today the supreme court ruled 6-3 in favor of the coach in a decision written by justice neil gorsich. it said the free speech and free exercise of religion clauses of the first amendment protect his expression and it says a proper understanding of the constitution doesn't require the government to single out private religious speech for special disfavor. the reason the supreme court says is he could do this is because he was not in the classroom. he was outside the classroom after his normal duties as the football coach. there was a question here, the lower courts said he is still the coach. he's still dressed like a coach.
he still has the whistle around his neck. he is still supervising those students and they felt compelled to join in his prayers but the supreme court disagreed with the lower courts and reversed the rulings. it's a ruling in favor of him. now, i think many people were thinking this decision or this case might open the door, possibly, to more prayer in schools. the supreme court seems to be drawing a line here and saying because he was not acting in the course of his normal duties, the game was over, he was not in the classroom, he was on the field, he could engage in private religious expression. what the court says is this was coach kennedy's own religious expression, not the school's and therefore he is entitld to do so. it doesn't seem like this is a decision that will open the door to prayer in the school. we have two more decisions to come today. >> still up in the balance.
still no news on that one. thank you very much. >> you bet. joining us now, joyce vance, former u.s. attorney in alabama and now a professor at alabama school of law. joyce and neil are msnbc legal analysts. talk about what pete just gave us, 6-3 on the issue of this coach that the was praying in the field during or after the game. what does this mean? >> well, kennedy, the coach in in case was praying at mid field after the game and used that very slender thread to argue this wasn't school sponsored religious exercise. he even tells the story which the supreme court repeats in its decision about after being told he couldn't do this anymore, he skipped a prayer following a game. got in his car and went partway home and felt like he had broken
his covenant with god and drove back to pray midfield. the problem is he could just easily pray in a different location and fulfill what he sees as his obligation. he could pray in his car, his office. it's the compulsion that's implicit when an authority figure in this setting praying participating in this kind of actactivity. today while this opinion may not, i think pete is correct, open the door to prayer in schools explexplicitly. it does more to establish certain religions in this country. if a coach engaged in muslim prayer to imagine a different response that might elicit from the surrounding community. >> let's talk about the big news that really shocked the world last friday.
some states have now banned or severely restricted abortion. they are now looking to try to restrict women from traveling across state lines to get an abortion. legally, is this something that states could do now? >> there are many states that will try to take action that has that affect whether they do it directly or not. it's important that in his initial response to the ruling in dobbs, attorney general merrick garland made it clear they will keep their eye on these provisions. they point out a women have right to travel in interstate commerce. women have right to travel from state to state and that your home state, if you're in alabama, which has made it illegal for you to obtain an abortion here in alabama, that they should not be able to keep you from traveling elsewhere to obtain one. this is clearly the next frontier. one of the fights that will be staked out in states through litigation and the problem is in
some cases, it may mean people find themselves arrested, prosecuted, having their personal data searched by law enforcement officials who are trying to enforce this even if they ultimately win in their rights to travel or enforced. they will be subjected to this sort of an unpleasant, prosecutive process on the way of getting there. >> neil, there's the issue of abortion pills. abortion pills are used in more than half all recent abortions in the united states. some states are moving to restrict that as well. could that view late interstate commerce? >> yes, it would. merrick garland already said that. there's a doctrine in the law called pre-emption which the federal government law are supreme over the state law. that's part of the supreme si clause of our constitution. the federal government said these abortion pills are legal.
they are safe and should be available to people in the 50 states. when a state comes along like joyce's state of alabama, if they try to restrict those pills from coming into the state, the federal government is right and garland is right to say, we have a federal law that supercedes and pre-emps your contrary state law. of course it will be litigation and they will grand stand but at the end of the day the law is clear. just because wouldn't shock me if legislature of alabama started being opposed to tylenol or something like that. you cannot have different state legislatures blocking medicines that the federal government said are safe and legal and appropriate. >> neil, i was thinking of some of the folks that mora spoke with a little while ago about their concerns about how the decision on friday could have
long term affects on all kinds of other things. samuel alito said that the court emphasized the decision concerns the constitutional right to abortion and no other right. justice clarence thomas wrote that the court should reconsider all of its due process precedents including contraception, same-sex relationships, same-sex marriage. some said this is the first came aimed at roll back the rights. how do you see it? >> i see it that way. within hours of this decision being leaked saying the logic of that draft opinion that justice alito drafted would undue marriage equality, the right to privacy and the like and it's a very telling to me that justice alito didn't change any of the language really in that. all he did was add some more language in the final opinion that said we're not talk about
other rights here. we're only talking about abortion because that's the case in front of us. that's always true about legal cases. it's always the facts in front of you. this case is about abortion. some other case about something else. it's the legal reasoning that matters so much. the legal reasoning that the court uses here and i think justice thomas connects the dots is one that will undue the right to privacy, the right to contraception, the right to marriage equality. this is the supreme court really, really out of step with the mainstream of american society. >> neil, how would that work? >> there could be state that passes a law. we see it in louisiana with iud restrictions and their consider criminalizing them. if a person use an iud, they could have law enforcement action against them. the person would say i've got a
right to privacy that supercedes there contrary louisiana law and it would go through the court system where louisiana would defend it saying, there's no right to privacy in the constitution. that's just made up. just using the same exact logic that was used in justice alito's final opinion last friday. it could happen in different states and different forms of contraception and not limited to iud. it could go do pill, condoms, anything. >> neil, new npr news hour poll finds that 39% of americans have some or a great deal of confidence in the u.s. supreme court. 58% do not. what does this tell us about how folks are seeing the legitimacy of the court? >> i think it bears on what our greatst constitutional scholar of the last century said.
bickell said the court is the least dangerous. if they take cases ruling in very narrow ways. he says that's the way the court preserves its legitimacy with the american public because it doesn't have armies or anything like that. it's just got respect. what you have is the new alito supreme court. i think it weakens the separation of church and state. in all of these different areas they are grabbing these cases and taking them and ruling in very, very aggressive ways. it's not a surprise then that you'll see the american public being more concerned about the supreme court when they are
trying to inject themselves into so much of american society. >> neil and joyce, thank you so much this morning. new video shows wnba star being escorted by police into court in handcuffs today for a preliminary hearing ahead of her trial. this comes four months after her arrest for cannibas possession. we just learned her trial is expected to begin this friday. the phoenix mercury star has been detained in russia since february 17th after authorities in moscow airport said they found vape cartridges in her bag. her arrest gained international attention. she could face ten years in prison if convicted. coming up, a show of solidarity in germany today as president biden and other world leaders promise support for ukraine after a meeting with president zelenskyy. we'll dig into the additional
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nbc universal news group is the partners for the festival. >> it's going to be difficult for us and probably not be able to hold out. support is of paramount importance. support from europe and the united states. >> meanwhile, russia launched new attacks including in the ukrainian capital even as moscow defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time in a century. with us now is kelly o' donell. i understand you're in austria from where the g7 meeting is being held. do they see the overnight debt as a sign it's weakening? >> certainly the u.s. does. senior officials say they view this as you mentioned the first anytime a century as russia
defaulted in this way and just in matter of months with the international community putting pressure economically on russia. you see this default. they see it, a cause and effect here of the international community saying to russia by using these tools that it's actions in ukraine are harmful and now you see an effect in russia as well as other economic realities that are happening there with higher inflation and the gross domestic product tumbling. a lot of real day-to-day hardship inside the country which could ultimately make it harder for vladmir putin to carry out the war if he doesn't have the resources. this default is seen as a consequence of the unified action that leaders have taken to make russia pay a price for its invasion. jose. >> talk to us about the g7 summit right behind you, about 17 miles away. >> reporter: a will the of work
has been going on with the leaders of the largest democracies. they have been focused on great way with ukraine. we have the video message from the ukrainian president who speak with him and the more message is more help is needed. among things they are preparing to do, additional sanctions and tariffs on russia, they are working on an agreement. it's not entirely locked down on putting a price cap on russian oil. there are still countries that have a relationship with russia when it comes to oil. the u.s., we have learned in our reporting today about additional weapon systems that the u.s. will provide ukraine that will provide some, especially when you see some of the assault that's taken place on kyiv in recent days. surface air missile system that could help protect the cities and different places where
ukraine would deploy that system against russian missiles. this is part of a two-step kind of ukraine focus series of summits. at the g7 now. then lit be the nato which is naurm of countries mump greater. it will be a lot of support for ukraine and a will the of focus on what ukraine needs and how countries can try to provide that even when there's differing views when it plays out. jose. >> thank you so much. while world leaders are discussing the ukraine at the g7 summit, the people living through the recovering from a series of russian strikes are, look at this. this is from kyiv. several russian cruise missiles struck the capital city sunday morning including one that hit a nine story residential building. in ukraine's east, russian forces are now in control of the key city after weeks of bloody
battles. the russians still challenges before they could occupy the entire donbas region. big weekend, very, very busy weekend in the capital there. you lived through it. >> reporter: yes. ukrainian forces are saying the missile strikes were some warped show of force from the russian federation trying to not only intimidate ukrainian citizens but send a message to the g7 leaders as they gathered discussing lobbying new sanctions. russian government, russian defense ministry are trying to say they were targeting a weapons factory in the area. they are claiming that reports of strikes on residential areas in the kyiv area that those are fake. fake news and they also are
arguing that the one 9-story structure hit was hit by ukrainian missiles. we were there in the hours after these areas were struck an let me tell you exactly what we saw. you are seeing some of it on your screen there. we saw a elementary school with the playground in front with this massive crater that was full of water from a pipe burst with fragments of the missile surrounding it. we saw the 9-story apartment building that had been hit op the top floors. we watched as rescue workers took an elderly woman out of that area into an ambulance. we saw an elderly man with a bandage around him head who didn't want to speak to us on camera because he said he was in too much pain and too shaken up. was there a weapons factory around this. it's possible. was this an area hit multiple
time by missiles? slue. we saw playground with children out and about. his daughter was taken to the hospital, as her her mother. jose. >> thank you so much. thaes the moment that ring collapses partially. it shows a three story section of wooden stands collapsing at the event sending spectators plunging to the ground. authorities, including president-elect are calling for suspension of these vents as officials investigate what happened. coming up, president biden signed into law the first major
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>> congressman, good to see you. i want to start with this push to get the bill passed which came after the mass shootings in buffalo and uvalde. are you satisfied with what was included in this measure? >> i'm happy that the legislation was passed. it represents an important step in basically undermining the lock that the nra has had on republicans in congress for so many years. it's also not enough. i hope this is a starting point for us. >> what additional things you want to see passed? >> if you're not going to ban assault weapon, you need to increase the age from 18 to 21. we should be limiting high capacity magazines. we should be doing universal background checks which passed
with 90% support among american people. there are very popular gun reforms that are not included in this legislation that we should still pursue. >> there's a will the of areas where you think congress should be able to work together. that's one area i'm hoping it will be an earnest attempt by the u.s. senate because the house has already passed a few bills. an earnest attempt to work with
us to do something. >> just thinking of the people of uvalde. what a tragedy. what a devastating injury to the soul of so many people in uvalde. what are your thoughts? >> very ugly tragedy for the families and the unfortunate thing for uvalde is that tragedy has been compounded by the investigation and what at this point basically amounts as far as i can tell, by law enforcement and state officials and i don't say that lightly. remember, the story has changed five or six times, the version of events, including what the governor has told us, what the head of dps, the state authority has told us or state law enforcement. what local police have said and not releasing much information at all to the press or public. families in way are being
revictimized because they are not getting a clear and accurate story of what happened to their kids. that's why i asked the fbi and the justice department to investigate some time back. i'm glad they are doing that. >> yeah. it has changed five or six times and as you say, still no clarity. congressman castro, i thank you for being with us. it's good to see you. >> thank you. a federal judge deals oots major blow to the biden administration on immigration. what it means for migrants and future deportation efforts of possibly millions of people. three times the electorlytes and half the sugar. ♪♪ pedialyte powder packs. feel better fast.
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a door mat 1931 law is already in place but that law is held up in courts keeping abortion legal, for now. if that law does go into effect, it will criminalize all abortions as a felony. what did they tell you? >> reporter: when you look to washington, this issue is paint and as red or blue, black or white but when you sit down and start to have these conversations with people, it becomes a lot more purple. a lot more gray. these are four women who all grew up with republican backgrounds who all consider themselves religious but they differ pretty vastly on this issue of abortion. two of them believe it should be legal with some limits and two of them are strongly against it. there were some interest things they had in common. the number one issue is the way
that politicians have treated this topic and they believe that politics has not dope enough to support women. take a listen to some of our conversation. >> being raised catholic and being so pro-life my entire life until the last two years, i wouldn't say i'm not pro-life but identify i've modified what i believe pro-life is. saying pro-choice or pro-life, i think that's propaganda ta we have been fed our entire lives because it puts you in box. >> i love what you're saying, we put every one in a box. pro-life, pro-choice. i think and go you are baby killer or you're not for -- i'm for all life. >> do you all think this is as much of a red or blue democrat or republican issue as it's painted? >> no. >> who feels like politics is disconnected from the reality that you see on the ground here?
>> one million percent. one million percent. >> it's been -- politics has been weaponized and i feel that abortion has been weaponized. it's been used by the right as a single voter issue but i'm not exactly happen with the democratic party either because what have they done to prevent this. >> on both sides we have people taking the extreme circumstances with whatever moral issue that ends up in politics and breeds this kind of culture there's no listening, there's no empathy. >> reporter: jose, the other thing that all of these women agreed on is that there is not enough support for pregnant women, for young mothers, for women and children throughout the span of families life. they want to see politicians,
their leadership talk more about health care, child care. about how to support women who are pregnant. jose. >> thank you. three days after the u.s. supreme court issued its historic ruling saying constitution does not grant the right to an abortion, both sides are plotting their next steps. abortion right supporters say they will continue to push for more access. opponents say they will continue pushing for more states to outlaw the procedure. with us now to talk about this is former texas state senator wendy davis who in 2013 stood on the floor of the texas state senate for 13 hours trying to block a bill that would restrict abortion. thank you for being with us this morning. i'm curious what are your thoughts? what went through your mind when the decision was announced last friday? >> because we have been on the ground here in texas already dealing with essentially an abortion ban post-six weeks of pregnancy, we since september of
last year have begun figuring out and a pretty good job of the logistics of getting people from our state to other states for care. the reality is as one woman said to planned parenthood clinic worker, you could charter a private jet for me and i would not be able to leave my children and leave my job to do that. that reality is going to confront people across the country in states where abortion will now be or is soon to be illegal. we know it's going to disproportionately impact women of color and women who living in marginalized communities and the threat to the income divide that already exists in this country and generational poverty is only going to increase. the stakes are incredibly high for us to make sure we're doing everything we can to get care to
every person that we can, including making sure that they can prevent unplanned pregnancies by fighting proactively to contie to provide access to contraceptive care. >> wendy, when the supreme court says this is up the each to eaco deal with it, what are some of the things that you see should be happening at the state level, and that maybe haven't been happening at the state level? >> you know, i wish we could wave a magic wand, jose, and take away the voting rights restrictions and the extreme gerrymandering that have neutered democratic voices and legislatures in so many states in this country. i know there is frustration. i heard it from one of the women on the panel a moment ago, what have democrats done? but i hope people can understand that in a state like texas where republicans are assured wins in legislative races because of the way that districts are drawn, it
has been impossible to push back against the wave of anti-women, anti-lgbtq, anti-abortion lawmakers that are in our capital right now. and so the best that we've been able to do is to try to help on the ground where we can. it's important, though, to emphasize that we have incredibly important statewide elections coming up in the midterms, and texas being one of those. and that gerrymandering cannot touch our power and our impact in the statewide race. we can elect beto o'rourke, a new lieutenant governor, a new attorney general, and change the landscape of the way that people are treated in the state and particularly, of course, stop at least the expansion of these attacks on women's reproductive freedoms. >> wendy davis, thank you very much. elections matter and democracy is important.
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immigrants living in the u.s. to be arrested and deported after a texas court suspended a biden administration policy on who can be deported. in september the administration prioritized the deportations of three groups. recent border crossers, threats to national security and threats to public safety. that went out the window over the weekend. joining us now, miriam jordan, national correspondent for "the new york times." good to see you. deportations are widened. what does that mean, and what happens now? >> well, what it means is that the discretion that agents had been directed to use by secretary mayorkas of the homeland security department in carrying out their jobs in the field has gone out the window. of course, agents are expected to carry out their jobs responsibly, but now without these categories which you enumerated, basically any of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country could
be -- end up in deportation proceedings. >> so, miriam, let's talk about that. i mean, you are talking about the possibility of someone who has a u.s. born child, is taking that u.s. born child to summer school, or someone going to court or someone going to mass could conceivably be stopped and sent out of the country? >> it's a long process from being arrested to actually be deported, but this would bring back -- folks who have been in the country for a long time have u.s. born children, upstanding members of the community, have been on the front lines of helping this country fight covid-19, and picked up in operations that are ongoing in
the field. for instance, during the trump administration what would happen frequently is that folks who were bystanders when an apartment complex was being raided with the idea of picking up one particular immigration who was a hardened criminal might also, you know, end up in removal proceedings. so that's how this policy could end up generating some degree of fear in communities because suddenly a random undocumented immigrant could get picked up. one would hope that the agents exercise some judgment and responsibility. >> policy based on hope is a policy kind of thin. meanwhile, the department of homeland security says it has no discretion to set enforcement priorities now. so how messy are things right now? >> well, i mean, generally, what is messy now is the result of the fact that congress has not updated our immigration system
since 20, you know, since wherever, really, and as a result of that, the policies are left to be made by the administration. and since, as we know, the country is very divided, republican states have made it their business to take every policy on immigration that they don't like to a conservative court that's like to terminate it. so time and again the biden administration has been trying to bring a more humane approach to immigration enforcement than the trump administration, but has been blocked by these judges. >> last time there was comprehensive immigration reform in our country, ronald reagan was at the wows. meanwhile, you have a situation like mpp that is in the hands of the supreme court right now. miriam, how significant is the mpp program and how significant is it that the supreme court is
deciding on the leagueality of that executive decision? >> right. i mean, i think what's dpra about that is, you know, this is a policy that was implemented by the trump administration and the biden administration doesn't agree with it. we then end up with a decision, you know, from the supreme court or the decision from federal courts that, you know, forcing hand of the biden administration, in other words, you must implement this, and this is a policy that actually involves, you know, getting cooperation from a foreign country. that is mexico. mexico can't just be forced to take back folks from the united states. migrants trying to enter. the result of that is that the u.s. is being, you know, forced to talk to its counterparts in mexico about taking back