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>> save our jobs! backlash. lawmakers face angry voters at town halls across the country. immigration crackdown. millions wake up this morning bracing for raids and deportations. mass rescues. hundreds saved from rising floodwaters in california after a storm pummels the golden state. the russians have an overnight liftoff success. national student loan debt hits an all-time high and a homework emergency when a young girl pulls out a call for math help. wait till you see who comes to the rescue. "early today" starts right now. good morning. i'm gigi stone woods. this morning, millions of
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undocumented immigrants in the u.s. are bracing for raids and deportations after the trump administration ushered in sweeping new rewrites of the country's enforcement policies, targeting nearly everyone living here illegally, and the president's policies continue to be met with resistance with one activist group even unfurling this large banner at the base of the statue of liberty, an incidence now under investigation. many undocumented immigrants are preparing for the worst. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams has more on this. >> reporter: the secretary of homeland security calls for vastly more aggressive enforcement of immigration laws already on books to reduce the number of people here illegally and fulfill a central donald trump campaign pledge. >> most illegal immigrants are lower skilled workers with less education who compete directly against vulnerable american workers. >> reporter: nearly anyone here illegally is subject to deportation, fewer exemptions. any time undocumented migrants
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are picked up by police for any violation and their fingerprints are sent to homeland security, they could be deported. in theory, even for traffic violations, though homeland officials say they will concentrate on serious offenses. young people like 18-year-old eduardo solis in los angeles, so call dreamjeanneers, children who came here illegally as a child fear what happened. >> as a child i was afraid i would be deported and now that i'm grown up i'm afraid my whole family will be deported. >> reporter: dreamjeanneers like him are allowed to say as president obama ordered five years ago. the memo calls for hiring more 5,000 more border patrol agents and 10,000 morice agents who enforce the law nationwide. no mar catch and release. people detained at the border will be held until the court hearings and no longer allowed to be released and show up later and immediate deportation for people who have been picked up illegally for under two years. it used to be two weeks and prosecution or removal for
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adults here who pay human smugglers to have their children brought here. immigrant rights groups says it puts millions of people in fear they could be sent home. >> anybody who is undocumented whether they are going to the grocery store or dropping off their kids to school at any given day they could be deported. >> nbc's pete williams reporting. the administration's new endorsement rules comes as the white house finalizes what it says is a retooled immigration travel ban that would till focus on travelers from those seven predominantly muslim nations that. order is expected by the end of the week. at town halls across the country a wave of washington lawmakers are facing a backlash from angry constituents pressing them on donald trump's policies in what has been called a progressive echo of the 2010 tea party movement. here was the scene when iowa senator joan enernst abruptly ended and tried to leave her session. >> we want jobs! save our jobs! save shame on you!
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>> and with hundreds of voters shouting down their representatives both democrat and republican members of congress are either cancelling their events or taking the heat. >> i'm on obamacare. if it wasn't for obamacare we wouldn't be able to afford insurance. we need -- we need -- we need -- don't absolutely don't repeal obamacare. improve it, for god sakes! >> i feel like we all took an oath to defend against our nation against all foreign and domestic. do you know there was evidence that a northern country was meddling in our democracy? >> i want to thank you for 30 years of public service, but you have to acknowledge that we've got too damn many people on food stamps in kentucky and last i heard we're the leader and that the not where we want to be the
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leader. >> now president trump is weighing in posting on twitter. so-called angry crowds in home districts of some republicans are actually in numerous cases planned out by liberal activists. sad. at least one gop congressman pushed back against the president calling the angry voters our fellow americans with legitimate concerns. a forceful condemnation after a wave of tlets and anti-semitic threats across the country. president trump takes a stand against the terrorist acts offering his words calling it painful and evil. it was the first time the president has made a full-throated denunciation against instances of threats and violence against jews since he took office. one prominent jewish group is calling trump's remarks akin to putting a band-aid on the cancer of anti-semitism that has affected his own administration.
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nbc's hallie jackson reports. >> reporter: in st. louis, rows of vandalized headstones at a jewish cemetery in san diego, the 12th bomb threat against a jewish community center this week. 70 incidents across the country this year alone. in washington a president watching. >> i think he needs to take a leadership role and speak out more strongly against all of this hate. >> reporter: president trump's response in an exclusive interview with nbc's craig melvin. >> i think it's terrible. i think it's horrible, whether it's anti-semitism or racism or anything you want to think about having to do with the divide. anti-semitism is likewise, it's just terrible. >> reporter: so you're denouncing it now once and for all. >> of course, and i do it wherever i get a chance i do it. >> reporter: he had the chance twice last week. >> as far as people -- jewish people, so many friends, a
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doubter who happens to be here right now, number one, i am the least anti-semitic person that you've seen in your entire life. number two, racism, the least racism person. quiet, quiet, quiet >> reporter: president's message to some, too little too late. >> we have a series of anti-semitic attacks on jewish community centers, on cemeteries, and this president said nothing over the weekend. his silence is poison. nothing the president today mitigated the cancer growing in the white house that starts with him. planned parenthood just scored a courtroom victory. a federal judge ruled that texas cannot cut funding for the health care provider after state officials tried to terminate medicaid contracts with the organization. they accuse planned parenthood of manipulating the timing of abortions to benefit researchers. planned parent hod denied these claims and the judge said texas
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failed to provide any supporting evidence. state officials plan to appeal this ruling which planned parenthood says it allows it to continue providing health services to 11,000 low-income women. residents in san jose are evacuating as floodwaters rise in the northern california city. the recent heavy rainfall fueled massive runoff from the nearby anderson reservoir inundating the low-lying and already saturated land with water, damaging an estimated 500 households. nbc's miguel almaguer has more on this dangerous flooding. >> the alpha rescue boat just landed. >> reporter: a state of emergency in san jose. the calls for help flooding in as the water begins to rise. more than 100 people ferried to safety, away from what firefighters called toxic floodwaters, swamping cars and pouring into homes. >> i didn't expect it to be this bad this fast. it rose. it rose really fast >> reporter: water rescues continued through the day.
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>> you got two people trapped out in the center. >> reporter: the high drama triggered by the swollen coyote creek, topping its banks in farm country and in the city of san jose, the airport and freeways taking on water. some plucked clinging from trees. >> i cannot say that the worse is over. my understanding is the peak level may continue to rise. >> reporter: from sacramento to san francisco a washout, and now there is even more rain in the forecast next week. miguel almaguer, nbc news, san jose. >> meanwhile, the southeast is bracing for its own rain event. meteorologist bonnie schneider is here with the details. bonnie, what's going on on in. >> well, gigi, we're waiting for a lot of rain to come in across the gulf of mexico and piling into the panhandle as well as tampa bay. low pressure, unusual this time of year to cross the gulf of mexi mexico, will trigger these storms so watch out for the risk of flooding. of course, the ground is pretty dry there. it's been a drought situation in florida so that water won't have
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anywhere else to go. elsewhere across the country very warm numbers. i mean, 71% of the lower 48, 50 degrees or warmer. unheard of in february. that drones
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fast forwarding into wednesday. nasa's holding a press conference to make what it calls a major announcement. nasa says it's related to exo planets, planets that orbit stars other than our stun. maybe it's extraterrestrial life. cross your fingers. several hundred dakota access pipeline protesters have until 2:00 p.m. local time to vacate the construction site they have occupied since last year. the army corps of engineers is forcing them to leave because of the possibility of spring flooding. protesters who stay after the deadline will be arrested. and the 2017 conservative political action conference gets under way in maryland. president trump and vice president pence are among headliners scheduled to speak.
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natural gas takes a big hit. more bad news for lowe's employees and air travel goes back to basics and we have this report from cnbc and london with the details. good morning, nancy. >> reporter: good morning, gigi, and it may not feel like it if you're commuting in the dark early hours but winter is basically over according to some meteorologists and that helped drive a near 10% decline in nat gas prices yesterday falling a nearly 7% decline over the last week. this is on supply and really an optimistic outlook when it comes to the weather that temperatures are set to stay warmer. also looking ahead to the summer, meteorologists are looking for an el nino which could result in actually cooler temperatures in the summer which means lower air conditioning bills. let's give you another update on lowe's because the home improvement retailer has announced its second round of layoffs in just over a month. this time they are talking about more than 500 jobs, full-time jobs mostly located at its north
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carolina headquarters. and elsewhere, just when you thought economy couldn't get any more basic, well, now american and united are joining delta in announcing its basic economy fares. they are are $20 to $40 less than normal fares on a round trip basis but you will lose some of the perks. that includes not being able to store your hand luggage in the overhead compartment. you can expect to get in the back of the line when it comes to boarding, and these fares will not be refundable, but for those of you who are trying to compare between the ultra budget carriers and the big three, this may give you a little bit of an incentive to go basic economy. >> i like the action. nancy hungerford, thanks. just ahead, the officer went way beyond the call of duty when he got a call for help. check it out. stay with us. but entresto is a medicine that helps make more tomorrows possible. ♪ tomorrow, tomorrow... ♪ i love ya, tomorrow
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other. >> she was up doing her homework and decided it was the best thing to do to call the police for some hope? a few days ago on the facebook page of the marion ohio police department lanea asked i'm having trouble with my homework, could you help me? it was unique. i've never asked to help with homework before on facebook messenger. lanea posted this math problem and lieutenant gruber wrote book. >> do the numbers in the print sis first. >> reporter: and lanea followed up with another head-scratcher so she replied. take the answer from the first present sis and the send from the second and multiply that by time >> reporter: parent better at solving crimes than math problems because that advice was wrong. you're supposed toed a the second paren,hesis and multiply that by two. >> math is not my favorite subject. >> reporter: call it a teachable moment but not the one that's the most important lesson from a
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nbc 10 vai sikahema. that 400 pll sounds nice about now. let's get right to bill henley with his most accurate forecast. >> a million dollar forecast for you. for february temperatures that are unreal coming your way.
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not only today, but over the next couple of days. however, this morning, starting off with clouds and a few light rain showers moving through bank of america county and lehigh valley. allentown getting very light rain. not going to last for long. clouds will linger for most of the morning. good news, temperatures in lehigh valley and bank of america county above freezings. in philadelphia we're in the 40s right now for most neighborhoods. somerton just dropped to 39 degrees. 43 in center city. port richmond at 45. starting point. big warmup today. in spite of a lot of clouds this morning. should stay dry in philadelphia. just a slight chance of sprinkle this morning in the suburbs. clouds break in new jersey. 60 drooes this afternoon. nice day at the shore. cooler with temperatures in the 50s. upper 60s for the lehigh valley. delaware as well.
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break these forecast down hour by hour when i'm back in ten minutes. first, janet yellen watching your first alert traffic. >> starting off in new jersey. crash reported on new jersey turnpike on the north side. you don't have po worry about it for right now. vine street expressway closed for construction. camera right around broad street. diverting traffic off now. closed in between this point and schuylkill expressway for the next half hour until about 5:00 this morning. lastly check in with mass transit. specifically market frankford line after yesterday's train collision. everything running on line. close to schedule. no problems reported at this time. everything else looking good. patio, new jersey transit and amco. new from overnight. two people in the hospital following a crash on the north east extension on the


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