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>> we'll see you back here at 6:00. >> good night. captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: all is going well. that's the appraisal president trump tweeted today after his immigration ban met protests around the nation and the world. and as the white house changed the rules on the fly. also tonight, opponents fight the ban in court and congress. >> it was not well thought out. it was not properly considered. >> pelley: but the president has his supporters. >> keeping our country safe and lawful. >> pelley: and a family caught in the net. >> look at her. does she need to be vetted? this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western
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edition. protests against president trump's immigration ban have entered a third night. crowds have gathered outside the u.s. supreme court in washington and at columbia university in new york city. earlier in the evening, tens of thousands demonstrated in london and scotland. this follows a weekend of protests at airports all around the united states, and here's what it's all about: president trump's anti-terrorism executive order bans citizens of seven countries with muslim majorities from entering the u.s. for at least 90 days. refugees from all other countries are banned for 120 days, and refugees from syria are banned indefinitely. all this while vetting procedures are reevaluated. the white house says only 109 travelers were detained for questioning, and all of them got in. in a tweet, mr. trump quoted his homeland security secretary saying, "all is going very well
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with very few problems." we begin tonight with major garrett at the white house. >> any comment on the protests, mr. president? >> reporter: backlash to president trump's order banning visitors from seven countries was swift. white house chief strategist steve bannon and senior policy adviser steven miller helped craft the policy. >> if nobody is disagreeing with what you're doing, then you're probably not doing anything that really matters in the scheme of things. >> reporter: the white house said the order was not issued because of any specific threat. it was, however, rushed through the usual protocol. key congressional committees were kept in the dark, homeland thcurity secretary john kelly charged with implementing the t der, learned the details as president trump was signing it. kelly was aboard a coast guard plane at the time. white house press secretary sean spicer. >> everybody was kept in the loop at the level necessary to make sure that we rolled it out properly. we were not going to wait until we get attacked to figure out how it doesn't happen again. >> reporter: at first the department of homeland security
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said the order also applied the green card holders returning to the u.s., but chief of staff reince priebus reversed that yesterday. >> the executive order itself is not placing further burdens on people that hold green cards. >> reporter: the white house said a pause in immigration and refugee policy is consistent tru mr. trump's campaign promises. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. >> reporter: then indiana governor and now vice president- elect mike pence tweeted at the time, "calls to ban muslims from entering the u.s. are offensive and unconstitutional." today at the at the present time ispartment, career diplomats circulated a so-called dissent cable, that's a decades-old process of airing policy grievances with political appointees. >> i think they should either get with the program or they can go. >> reporter: and for the first time, former president obama
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weighed in on a trump white house move, saying through his spokesman, "he fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion." president trump said his order temporarily blocking immigration and refugee resettlement was not a muslim ban, though its effects will hit muslims most directly. scott, the white house said it may expand the list of countries covered by these new travel restrictions. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house. with the view from capitol hill, here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: democrats may have anen the loudest, but many republicans like pennsylvania's charlie dent were just as critical. >> it was not well thought out. it was not properly considered. >> reporter: senators john mccain and lindsey graham warned the executive order will help terrorist recruitment because it sends a signal intended or not that america does not want muslims coming into our country. president trump did not take kindly to the criticism,
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accusing mccain and graham of dlways looking to start world war iii" and mocking democratic leader chuck schumer. >> this executive order... was mean-spirited. >> reporter: who got emotional over the weekend. >> i noticed chuck schumer yesterday with fake tears. i'm going to ask him who was his acting coach. >> that doesn't even deserve a dignified response. >> reporter: schumer tried to capitalize on g.o.p. discontent by introducing a bill to reverse the travel ban. >> i object. >> reporter: but it was quickly blocked by republicans who support the executive order, like tom cotton of arkansas. >> this is not a muslim ban. this is a temporary pause of movement from seven countries. >> reporter: if you can't overturn it with legislation, is there anything else that democrats can do? >> yes. in the longer run i truly believe this is unconstitutional, and i think it will eventually be overturned by the courts.
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>> reporter: dozens of democratic lawmakers have joined him here on the steps of the u.s. capitol tonight to make that case. they are surrounded by more than 1,000 supporters, scott, who have been chanting, "refugees are welcome here." >> pelley: nancy cordes, thanks. of the seven muslim countries where immigration has been suspended, none has been the source of a terrorist attack on the united states. countries whose citizens have attacked the u.s., saudi arabia, for example, are not on the list. michael morell spent his career at the c.i.a. and rose to the number-two job there. he endorsed hillary clinton during the campaign. michael, let me show you semething that the president's press secretary said today. >> we're going to put the safety e americans first. we're not going to wait and react, as i said in a statement. nge president is going to be very proactive with protecting this country. at're not going to wait until we get attacked and figure out how to make sure it doesn't happen again. >> pelley: so based on your experience, does the travel ban
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make america safer? >> scott, it doesn't make us safer. in fact, it makes us less safe. not only was the vetting of individuals from these countries already extensive, but the downsides of the ban are already significant. they range from the fact that this will be a recruiting boon for isis. it plays right into their narrative that america is at war with islam. they'll get recruits out of this. e cond, the countries who are targeted here are going to be angry with us. we need them to be our partners. and third, the specific individuals in those countries who work for the u.s. military, who work for u.s. intelligence, who used to believe that that would get them to the united states, now don't have that incentive anymore. >> pelley: you said the vetting before this time was extensive. what is it? >> individuals from these countries need to apply for a visa to come to the united states. when they do that, there are checks of all u.s. government databases, checks of our allies,
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and extensive interviews with the individuals. when we grant a visa, we're pretty certain that person is not a terrorist and we've been successful to date. >> pelley: michael morell, former number two at the c.i.a., we're grateful for your time. >> good to be with you, scott. >> pelley: michael morell just mentioned those people who have ielped the u.s. in the banned countries. they include the top iraqi general that charlie d'agata met today. >> reporter: "i'm a four-star general," he said, "and i'm banned from entering the u.s." general talib al kenani commands all iraqi forces, including the american-trained counter- terrorism troops that have been leading the fight against isis for two and a half years. his family was relocated to the u.s. for their safety, and he had plans to see them this week, until he was told not to bother. you were hoping to visit america where you have a home. you're smiling. what happened?
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"i have been fighting terrorism for 13 years and winning," he told us. "now my kids are asking me if i'm a terrorist." we met the general at his heavily fortified compound inside the green zone. y: safety, very important. >> pelley: you have safety for your family in america? >> yes. yes. ha reporter: for the past decade, kenani has been traveling to command in tampa for high-level meetings with the u.s. military leadership. "there are many american troops here in iraq," he said, "after this ban, how are we supposed to deal with each other?" the ban comes just as iraqi and u.s. forces are on the verge of victory in mosul. just when president donald trump has asked his military commanders to accelerate the war against militants. "this ban needs to be reviewed," the general said. "we thought we were partners with our american friends. now we realize we're just considered terrorists."
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the general told us he may try to travel later this week, scott, but he still doesn't have any guarantee he won't be turned around. he said the ban came as a shock. no one in his circles had any idea it was coming. >> pelley: charlie d'agata in baghdad. today the white house said that most americans agree with the immigration ban and a respected poll from quinnipiac university agrees. it was taken three weeks ago, and by a margin of 48% to 42%, american voters support suspending immigration from terror-prone regions, even if it means turning away refugees. 53% support requiring immigrants itom muslim countries to register with the government. here's dean reynolds. >> reporter: trump supporters were on hand at los angeles international airport this weekend voicing their belief that the president's immigration order is sensible and overdue.
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>> keeping our country safe and lawful. >> reporter: vito glazers is a chicago internet entrepreneur who voted for the president. what do you think of this executive order on immigration? >> well, i don't think it's perfect. i do think it's a great step to creating much-needed action in the right direction. >> reporter: mr. trump's stand on immigration was important in winning glazers' support, and enile he's only one voice, polls say his views are representative of many fellow trump supporters. >> i don't want america to end up in a place where political correctness is being used against us to destroy us. >> reporter: do you think politics is at work here? >> absolutely. i think if we were in the middle of a zombie apocalypse the left would find a way to protest for zombies' rights. >> reporter: he also said something else that probably a lot of trump supporters agree with, scott, that it is ironic that so many people are upset with the president who is merely following through on promises he made during the campaign. >> pelley: dean reynolds in chicago, thanks.
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some of the largest tech companies have come out against the president's immigration ban. late today a large crowd of protesters gathered outside google headquarters in mountainview, california. google says that it's donating cash to organizations that support immigrants. white house spokesman sean squeer said the terror attack on a mosque last night in quebec city proves the president's point, except this was an attack on muslims. six are dead, 17 injured, and anna werner is there. anna? >> reporter: scott, what you see behind me are the hundreds of people who have come tonight for a vigil to remember the victims at the attack at the islamic cultural center here. it happened before 8:00 at night. police say man walked into this nosque where they were holding evening prayers and began shooting. by the time he finished, six people were dead, many more injured.
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a short time after that, police say they got a phone call from the suspect. they picked him up. they have now charged a 27-year- sitystudent from laval university here, alexander bissonette, with six counts of murder in connection with the attack here at the mosque. what we know about bissonette so far is sketchy. u.s. authorities, two sources tell cbs news he is not known to u.s. authorities, and police here have not speculated as to what the motive might be for this attack. but we can tell you that some local news reports tonight are saying that they believe bissonette subscribed to a right-wing ideology. but people here are shocked. edmething like this has never happened to them before. and in newspapers tonight, they're calling it "the horror at home." scott? >> pelley: anna werner in quebec city tonight. anna, thank you. over the weekend, a raid by a navy seal team on an al qaeda headquarters in yemen turned
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into a gun battle. today the pentagon said that the one commando who was killed is 36-year-old william ryan owens of illinois. three other seal team members were wounded. a b22 osprey evacuating the wounded had to make a hard landing and injured at least one more. the osprey had to be destroyed in place. the pentagon says 14 al qaeda fighters died. s evng up on the "cbs evening news," the president gives his top political strategist a role on the security council. and later, families separated by the travel ban. the travel ban. want powerful relief.
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he was repeating the words of steve bannon, his chief strategist. bannon was c.e.o. of the trump campaign. ate white house now says that bannon will sit on the national security council, a place usually insulated from politics. we asked chip reid to tell us more about mr. trump's in-house eplitical philosopher. s. reporter: even before gaining a seat on the n.s.c., steve bannon was one of the most powerful people in the white house. it's a breathtaking rise for fomeone whose job before joining the trump campaign was c.e.o. of breitbart news, an ultra conservative and highly controversial web site. ennathan greenblatt is c.e.o. of the anti-defamation league. >> he positioned the web site as " the platform for the alt right" as a host for misogynist, racist, islamophobic propaganda. r reporter: during the campaign mr. trump appeared with bannon on breitbart radio. >> i do like breitbart. and breitbart is legit, 100% legit.
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>> reporter: breitbart became popular with white nationalists, but the white house denies bannon is promoting that ideology now. bannon served in the navy, vetended harvard business school std worked in investment banking, but he became a harsh critic of what he described as nle wall street crisis in 2010. >> unlike the manufactured crises of global warming and health care, this is a true crisis. >> reporter: he has little experience in foreign policy. y i fleisher, press secretary to president george w. bush, says bush's political director was banned from n.s.c. meetings, eien so, fleisher supports trump's promotion of bannon. s> reporter: president bush was much more of a traditionalist, much more cut from the establishment. this is the way it's always been done. donald trump is different. and i think he's earned the right to be different. >> reporter: the white house today noted that president imama's top political adviser, david axelrod, sometimes attended n.s.c. meetings, but, , ott, axelrod said he only listened and unlike bannon, he
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derian who is a permanent u.s. resident with a green card, was detained at dallas-fort worth international airport for more than three hours saturday. she was reunited with her daughter, mariam yasin. what the white house has continued to say is people like e ur mom need to be double checked to make sure they're not coming here to do harm. >> yes. why? she's been here. did she do harm to anyone? she's a resident. she lives here in tulsa, oklahoma. she doesn't need to be checked. >> reporter: her mother arrived hom egypt where she had been visiting her 12 and 14-year-old daughters. >> it's sad. we're not happy at all. we're scared for the other one, my sisters and anyone that want to come here. we're trying to find safety. >> open those doors! open those doors! >> reporter: u.s. immigration officials in dallas detained 11 hiople this weekend, some for up i 24 hours, including osama alolabi's parents. a's a student at southern university.
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he joined protesters at the airport. he said his parents already had their visas. he was waiting in line. when they saw they were syrian, they took them to a private room. then a person comes and lectures how if you're from these seven countries, you have to go back. >> reporter: yasin and her mother are still upset about their experience. >> my mother and all the ones like my mother are expecting an apology, a big one. >> reporter: if the president were watching this, i'd wonder what you want to tell him. >> i just want him to have a heart. >> reporter: david begnaud, cbs news, dallas. >> pelley: and on another busy foy, that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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tears of joy and relief, for a husband and wife, kept apart by president trump's travel ban. good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. i'm ken bastida. allen and veronica are off tonight. this was the s kpix begins with a reunion. compare that to yesterday's crowd on the left side of your screen. where about 1,000 protesters showed up chanting and holding signs. kpix5's suzy steimel is back with the story from the man who has been waiting for his wife for days now, suzy. >> the man you're about to meet is a u.s. citizen and his wife is a green card holder. she was visiting her family in iran earlier this month. and was one of many people over the weekend to be told that she
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could not come back to the united states for three months. but her husband has been working the past three days to make sure that was not the case. >> reporter: when carmaran first heard about the ban, he could not believe it. >> there's millions of people, how is that possible. >> reporter: his wife was visiting family in iran this month. she has a green card but when hamed heard the news he told her to book the first flight home. she was told he couldn't fly. ever since he's been trying to get information. >>