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here were allowed to cross in the u.s. to start the asylum process. but nearly 60 were left behind with nowhere to go when the camp was shut down by the mexican government. >> we were just waiting for the 56 a sisylum seekers to cross t border but people started coming and people who were already here and they came and we just couldn't say no. >> reporter: this is actually a church, school, that is now being converted in to a shelter for migrants. have ala lot of people from different areas. one thing in common, they want a chance to go in to the u.s. to ask for asylum. [ speaking foreign language ] she said, that's where she sleeps and her friend sleeps there. school rooms are bedrooms. from this parking lot, it's now
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a part time playground. everyone is hoping to explain why they deserve a chance at requesting asylum in the united states. >> they say it's confusing. they want at least to be able to tell their story to somebody in the government. and they are very frustrated because no one is listening. their level of desperation is at an all-time high. when it comes to what is happening across the border, the influx of immigrants, is there an end in sight? >> i don't -- i don't think so. at least not for now. as a matter of fact, i think it's going to increase, because right now the people in south america, central america, and south mexico, they are for some reason they think the borders are going to be open. >> reporter: resources and money are exhausted in mexico. and the government has little incentive to help the u.s. care for the migrants anymore. do you think the mexican government wants to help the people? >> i don't think so. i really honestly think, that because of the three years of
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very intense immigration crossing and dialogs, i think that the mexican government is tired of it. >> reporter: you feel like it's your duty to do this? >> so, as a christian, to me, this is what i'm supposed to be doing, right? i am just doing what i think i'm supposed to be doing. >> reporter: so we met groups from cuba, latin america and indigenous group from mexico. we hear that more will be allowed to come through but the process will be slow. and these people are very tired of waiting. >> in texas. president biden is pushing to have all teachers vaccinated against the coronavirus by the end of this month. there's also a plan to start vaccinating high school students this fall and younger students early next year. for some teachers those shots can't come soon enough. meg oliver has the story. >> reporter: the cdc said that
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vaccinations are only one way to on stop the spread in schools along with social distancing and masks. some unions across the country say not requiring them could mean teachers won't return are. the folks we spoke to, say they face a decision. put themselves or their families in endanger or risk losing the job they love. >> it's like a ghost town. the high school in massachusetts. >> i have one student in one class today. cory manuel, starts prepping, i worry about myself getting sick. going back number december, the biology teacher is teaching, spending half of the day -- dishea disheartening, i cannot collect materials and put the desks together in small groups. >> if you need to use hand saniti sanitizer, use it on your way
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in. good morning friends a home and school. >> his wife returned to room 176 last week and neither teacher has been vaccinated. >> how did you feel about return are? >> i was anxious about every part of it. >> i have more anxiety than he does. >> reporter: do you feel like you were taking a risk? >> very much so. >> reporter: why did you go back? >> i did not have much of a choice, the it was that or not get paid. >> reporter: the children has three children learning virtually at home and the family lives with jess's parents all they wanted before going to the school was a shot in the arm. when they finally prioritized teachers in massachusetts to get the vaccine, what was your reaction to that? >> finally. finally. >> reporter: you just wanted to be vaccinated before you went back? >> that's the biggest thing, yes. >> and there's been a lot of talk of teachers not wanting to work and not wanting to go back to school, i can promise you that i have not devoted 15 years of my life and i don't have
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three advanced degrees in education a because i don't like kids and i don't want to go back to school. >> reporter: some people are saying are why can't teachers go back when food workers have gone back and nurses have gone back before the vaccine was developed? >> they are different situations. ideally everyone should be vaccin vaccinated. it's difficult to be an after thought. when the state says, here's the week you are going back and we will figure out when you can get vaccinated. that's a frustrating situation. >> reporter: it's an emotional situation as well. >> i'm so excited. this is like the game change er. >> reporter: 3 hours before we sat down with the couple -- >> the fact that i got here, i feel like i won the lottery. >> reporter: we followed her to get her long awaited shot. >> ready are, one, two, three. >> it's unbelievable. it's -- it feels like the first time i've taken a deep breath in
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a long time. sorry. >> reporter: this was a big day for you. >> i really feel like it was this page that turned. it's just a bit shinier. there's just a little bit more hope there. >> reporter: that feeling of hope continued on sunday as you can see, in this video, cory sat down for his first shot, something he has been waiting for. now, we should know that since last year, the high school has encouraged hand washing social distancing and they have been handing out ppe to teachers and students. cory said he will only send his own children back in to school when he receives the
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its on putting students first. when it came to paying its teachers baitsville was next to last in this part of the state. salaries averaged about $45,000. >> and we were not keeping people because of that the. >> reporter: michael hester is the superintendent, he was losing teachers and having a hard time getting new ones to move to the rural town of 10,000 people. >> people are not in this business obviously for the money, but they should not have a vow to poverty to teach either. >> reporter: jeanie has been working five nights a week at the local community center just to make ends meet. but then she started hearing a rumor. >> oh, yeah, teachers love to talk. >> reporter: about an unusual solution to baitsville's budget problems. >> i was like, what is that really about? >> reporter: that would allow this school district to live up to its name. >> don't sleep on arkansas, we will surprise you every time.
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>> they took an unused field and filled with hundreds of solar panels and put up a new solar canopy stretching across the high school. nearly 1500 panels, aimed at recharging baitsville's budget. >> they are pioneers and they pioneered solar in arkansas. >> reporter: he workforce the legal energy compan that helped the district save for man $6,000 in utility costs. >> they did it in a time when known was doing it and now everyone is doing it. >> reporter: solar power costs less than it used to, mainly because it's cheaper to make the panels. in the past decade, the price of solar has dropped 89%. to save money and the planet, more than 7,000 schools across the country are now using solar power. that is up 81% in just five years. but about as far as anyone can tell, baitsville is the only school district that is turned
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panels in to paychecks. >> batesville has reduced the checks they write to utilities and increased the checks they write to teachers. >> reporter: with the money it saved and made by selling electricity back to the grid, baitsville has handed out bon bonuses two years in a row. boosting every teacher's salary by as much as $15,000. the district once one of the worst is now the best paying in the county. are you getting more resumes these days are from teachers who want to come work here? >> not only are we getting more resumes? we are getting fewer resignations. >> reporter: jeanie has seen her pay go up by thousands of dollars. enough to dig out of debt and cut way back on her hours at the community center. >> thank you. >> reporter: did you ever think you would get a raise because of solar panels? >> nope, that would have not been one of the things that i thought. the sun will shine anyway. so why not use it.
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>> it's good to know they care about us. it feels
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when you humble yourself under the mighty hand of god, in due time he will exalt you. hi, i'm joel osteen. i'm excited about being with you every week. i hope you'll tune in. you'll be inspired, you'll be encouraged. i'm looking forward to seeing you right here. you are fully loaded and completely equipped for the race that's been
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designed for you. like many of you, i have spent a lot of time talking on the phone and zooming with my mom who is in a nursing home in delaware, recently i got to visit her in person. it had been a long time. hi, mom. >> oh! hi chip! hi, my boy. >> how are you? >> over a year since i last saw my 90-year-old mother in person. does it seem like a whole year to you? >> no. >> no, it seems longer. much longer. >> we talked by phone and zoom. >> hi, mom. >> oh, my goodness. oh. >> how are you? >> i'm good. oh! so good to see you. >> but there's no substitute for
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being face to face. i like your hair. >> even if her nursing home requires six feet of distance but we have both been vaccinated. across the nation families painfully separated for long have been reuniting after the government's call to encourage inperson visits. the director of my mother's nursing home in wilmington, delaware. what does it mean to have us, the visitors back between? >> it brings spirit back in to the community. i think we are a community not a facility. >> he hopes to allow hugging and after that, maybe even travel. >> i'm hoping that we can do our annual trip to the beach this summer. >> oh, hallelujah, wouldn't that be wonderful? >> yes, it would. >> and to all of you, out there who are waiting to be reunited with your loved ones, let's hope it happens soon.
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it's ban long year. you are watching the cbs overnight news. and that's the "cbs overnight news" for this friday, for some of you the news continues and for others check back later for cbs this morning and follow us online any time at cbs reporting from the nation's capitol, i'm chip reid.
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it's friday, march 19th, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." shooting investigation. we are learning new details about the suspected gunman in the deadly spa shootings in georgia as new surveillance video emerges and backlash against some authorities. 100 million doses. a milestone in the fight against covid as the cdc plans to change social distancing rules in schools. path to citizenship. the house passes two pro-immigration bills, but is the timing right amid a surge at the timing right amid a surge at the border? captioning funded by cbs good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green.
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