Un juez federal bloquea nuevas solicitudes de DACA, poniendo el futuro de muchos jóvenes en el limbo. Nuevos casos de COVID se disparan en Estados Unidos. El Presidente Biden anunció nuevas sanciones a funcionarios cubanos responsables de la represión.
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a blow to the daca program.a judge blocks new applications,
placing the future of manyapplications in limbo.
the only hope for dreamers mightimmigration reform.
but do democrats have enoughpolitical power to accomplish
it?we speak with california senator
alex padilla.and might they find any support
from republicans?republican strategist adolfo
franco response.>> if you are unvaccinated, you
are not protected.>> new covid cases throughout
the country.now its considered a pandemic
of the unvaccinated.why are some people unvaccinated
and what is the latest inobligatory mask usage?
>> of freedom.>> president biden announced new
sanctions against cubanofficials for repression and
violating human rights.we speak with the man who
advises biden on the bidenpolicy in cuba.
los angeles mayor eric r said hehas been nominated to be
ambassador in india.his potential successor in los
angeles will speak with us.actor gael garcia bernal speaks
about his new role in thesurprising villain of the film.
begin now.-- we begin now.
♪>> lets get to the point, al
punto with jorge ramos.>> lets get to the point.
im patricia janney out.we begin with the young
undocumented people living inlimbo after a federal judge
decision in texas.he bought new dock applications,
a program that provides -- heblocked daca applications, a
program that helps immigrants inthis country.
with us as the executivedirector of united we dream, an
organization of young immigrantsin the country.
she met with vice presidentkamala harris to talk about the
subject this week.welcome to al punto.
we know youre part of the groupof dreamers who met with kamala
harris this week to talk aboutthis decision from a federal
court in texas.what did the vice president say
to you?>> does a pleasure to be here
with you and everybody watching.what we heard from the vice
president is a compromise.a commitment to make this
campaign of reality.we have been working toward this
for over 35 years.working toward a path for
citizenship for undocumentedpeople in this country for us as
activists and organizers.its about making sure that
those words are not in vain andthat it becomes a reality.
>> you said you are hoping forlegalization of dreamers and
other immigrants this year.what did you ask from the vice
president so that you can find apermanent solution?
>> what we asked was very clear.she has the power.
she is the dividing -- decidingvote in the senate.
we will be in a reconciliation,a budget reconciliation process
where you only need democraticvotes to pass legislation.
so she will be key.what we are asking is that she
wrote for us regardless of whatmight happen.
united me dream may havesupported the immigration topics
in that budget toyreconciliation in the senate.
but this proposal still facesseveral challenges before it can
be approved.why do you think you may be
successful with thisreconciliation?
>> it has been 35 years we havebeen working on this project.
this is the year we are going towin.
ive been working on this for 10years.
i was in the senate when thedream act in 2010 failed.
as the moment we have beenwaiting for.
democrats dont need republicansto win.
they have the power in the lowerchamber of congress, in the
senate and the white house.we need to place pressure on
those democrats who might be alittle bit nervous.
this is the year.we are undocumented.
we have faced a lot ofuncertainty, a lot of pain.
as we mexicans say, we nevergive up.
we are going to keep fighting.we are not going to stop.
>> and some republicans supportthe plan to legalize some
dreamers but not all.what would you be willing to
accept to get the republicanvote?
>> we dont need republicanvotes.
we only need democratic votes.so at this moment of course
republicans want to give ussomething.
but they want more money for iceagents, for people who have our
loved ones in cages in thiscountry so we are not going to
give them a single cent more.we do not need republicans.
all we need is democratic votes.>> what might happen if dreamers
cannot be damaged -- if not cap-- if dreamers cannot be
legalized this year?>> young undocumented people
have a plan a, plan b and plan call the way to plan z.
we never give up.if at this moment you might feel
the shadow of uncertainty, theni ask that you join the
movement.that you take action, call your
senators be carried -- becausethis is the moment we have to
win and we need you.>> your message is inspiring.
never give up.good luck with congress and i
hope you will be back on the>> we will be celebrating.
>> president biden has committedhimself to protect dreamers, but
the decision in the courthousein texas means that there may be
a need for legislation for dacato continue in its current form.
senator alex padilla is workingfor the past citizenship for
dreamers and others in a budgetreconciliation.
i want to talk about thisdecision from a court in texas
that affects dreamers.youre being asked to find a
permanent solution for them.what are you going to do to
protect the dreamers?>> to dreamers and the family of
dreamers, dont lose hope.biden administration will appeal
this decision.this is not the endpoint for
this case.but it reminds us of not just
the importance but the urgencyfor congress to take action to
protect dreamers.these infrastructure
negotiations need to includeimmigration reform to protect
dreamers, essential workers, tokeep them safe and give them the
possibility of citizenship.>> you are talking about this
proposal in congress.your party wants to include
these benefits in this budgetreconciliation.
how would it work and how longwould it take to achieve it?
>> we have heard two paths toget to an agreement.
to invest in infrastructure inthe country.
democrats are clear and united.it is not just important to
invest in physicalinfrastructure and the families
of this country.theres a need to invest in
transportation.but the democratic plan includes
support for education and healthprograms and we hope it will
include immigration reform aswell.
if we are successful it can beapproved in the month of
september and take effect verysoon thereafter.
there are current negotiationswere at the end of july.
in august we hope to take thefirst steps for final approval
in september.>> from one to 10 what are the
possibilities for theseimmigration reforms including
possibly a path to citizenshipfor dreamers, tps recipients and
farmworkers.from one to 10 what is the
possibility this may be includedin the infrastructure package?
>> we have a lot of hope becausethere is precedent to take this
kind of action.when republicans had the
majority in 2005, use thisbudgetary reconciliation process
to change immigration lawsregarding the number of pieces
that are allowed every year.so it has been done in the past.
we are negotiating with theparliamentarian and the senate
to approve this process.>> lets think of the worst case
scenario.something we already used two.
supposing these immigrationreforms are not approved, what
other plans do you have beforethis current session of congress
ends?>> we cant stop fighting, so we
are focusing not just on thebipartisan negotiations but we
havent seen republicans willingto support protections for
dreamers without conditions thathave nothing to do with
protecting dreamers.they say that they want to keep
farmworkers and other essentialworkers safe but they always
have excuses and conditions thathave nothing to do with this.
we are going to focus on thisbudget reconciliation and we
hope to have good news in ashort amount of time.
>> thank you once again forjoining us.
immigration reform used to be abipartisan issue but that has
changed in the last few years.with the republican perspective,
we are joined by republicanstrategist adolfo franco.
lets talk about daca.beneficiaries of this program
hope that congress will find apermanent solution for them.
the question is what wouldrepublicans be willing to do for
these young undocumented people?>> well, get into a debate about
comprehensive reform like wehave said from the beginning.
i dont think we can deal withthese topics individually.
we have a lot of complicatedissues with the border.
i think the political will rightnow with the failure of this
current administration at theborder, we have seen how collin
has elected a republican mayor.there are problems in del rio
texas.its time to deal with this in a
bipartisan comprehensive manner.we have seen that democrats are
planning to violate the normsand procedures of the senate to
include it in packages that havenothing to do with immigration.
that would be a failure not justpolitically but also a step back
away from bipartisanship whichis the only solution to this
problem.>> democrats are planning to
include daca and other measuresto help immigrants in the budget
reconciliation in order toapprove it in congress.
>> the problem is that fromsomeone who has worked in
congress, it doesnt work likethat.
there are rules in the senatethat dont permit that.
they need to deal with thisissue directly and not as part
of the packet that is notrelevant to immigration.
thats what we are talkingabout.
you say undocumented people, isay people who are here
but as a big topic in thiscountry that needs to be
discussed openly, not try toincluded in a package at
midnight and force people tovote yes or no.
>> some activists say democratsdont need republican votes to
approve this kind of law.they had the majority in the
house of representatives andwith the vice president support
they could approve it in thesenate.
the republicans whittling --willing to do in this plan?
>> people who say that dontunderstand how the senate works.
it requires 60 votes, not 50.unless there is some kind of
prior agreement.this has nothing to do with
reconciliation which deals withmoney and the budget.
so just as recent efforts didnthave 60 votes, it doesnt matter
if they have 50 votes.there needs to be republican
support in the senate, not justa simple majority.
>> but what are republicanswilling to do?
>> patricia, to get into adebate like weve done in the
past.senator rubio and other
republican senators havepresented plans.
lindsey graham.>> but give me an example.
what would republicans bewilling to do?
what points would republicans bewilling to concede?
>> whats been done in the past.it was done 7, 8 or nine years
ago.unfortunately that senator obama
was opposed to it.he was a key vote against those
efforts.publicans are open to sitting
down and discussing immigrationreform that includes daca and
all the other topics thatinvolve border security and the
status of people who are hereillegally.
>> thank you for joining us onal punto.
we will see you next time,adolfo franco.
republican strategist when wereturn, the cases of people with
coronavirus skyrocket.what is the cause of this
increase.medical experts are here to tell
us about the causes and somerecommendations to protect
ourselves.also what is the united states
governmento.we return to patricia.
>> if you are unvaccinated, youare not protected.
so please get vaccinated now.>> it has been called the
pandemic of the unvaccinated.new coronavirus infections are
up an average of 30,000 casesper day.
due to the highly contagiousdelta variant.
some experts disagree with thecdc recommendations that
vaccinated people dont needface coverings.
the vaccine may not be aseffective against the delta
variant.we have dr. elmer huerta at
george washington university andwe have edith from the
university of columbia.welcome to you both.
thank you for being here on alpunto.
to begin with, why is this deltavariant spreading so quickly
throughout the country?>> this delta variant has a
characteristic, the mutation inthe spike makes it twice as
infectious as the originalstrain that appeared in wuhan
last year.with the original strain, one
person could spread it to one ortwo people.
now its many more people.it spreads much quicker.
before you needed 15 minutes topass the disease to someone
else.now its just a matter of
seconds.>> dr., how dangerous is the
delta variant for the youngpeople and children who are
still not vaccinated?>> this variant is much more
infectious and it is spreadingamong people who are not yet
vaccinated.there are many children who have
not been able to get vaccinatedbecause they dont qualify.
this is very worrying because wedont know how dangerous this
variant is in children.we are observing that the virus
seems to be working about thesame.
children dont seem to begetting more sick.
but we still dont know, so weneed to take it very seriously
and do what we can to getvaccinated.
>> how are the tests forchildren under 12 who have not
been vaccinated yet?>> we know we are going to have
data.we may have a vaccine available
this autumn.until we see data, we will not
make any kind of recommendation.we need to follow proper
procedures to make sure that ifwe are going to vaccinate a
healthy child, the vaccine needsto be safe and effective.
>> a study indicates the johnson& johnson vaccine is not as
effective against thecoronavirus.
what recommendation would youmake for someone has received
the johnson & johnson vaccine?>> the study is coming out this
week.it contradicts another one that
was published last month.this is what science is like.
data needs to be compared upuntil now.
whats been demonstrated is thatthe johnson & johnson vaccine
compared to the pfizer ormoderna vaccine produces less
antibodies against the deltavariant.
lets remember a fundamentalissue.
there are two components toimmunity.
the production of antibodieswhich is whats being measured
with the johnson & johnsonvaccine and the cellular
immunity which is much moreimportant than the antibodies.
so we have to wait.>> lets talk about the
controversy regarding facemasks.
the academy of pediatricianssays all children above the age
of two should use face maskswhen they return to school.
but this goes against the cdcdirectives that say that
children over the age of 12 whohave been vaccinated would no
longer need to use face masks inschools.
what is your opinion?>> i agree.
we need to have face masks onall children in schools but also
adults.we know this works.
we have seen this in studiesaround the world.
we know that if we wear facemasks, have good ventilation and
separate children, we will beable to have children back in
school in person and be able tostay and be able to stay in in
person classes.>> thank you for joining us.
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you will find where to getvaccinated and youll find the
kind of vaccines that areavailable.
the united states announces newsanctions against cuban
>> it was a very special moment,and omas to cubans who are
fighting for freedom.it happened last thursday.
the biden administrationannounced sanctions against
cuban officials responsible forrepression and violating human
rights.president biden is also asking
for a review of policies towardcuba.
all of this after hundreds ofpeople were arrested during the
antigovernment protests at thebeginning of the month.
im joined by juan gonzalez,special assistant to the
president and senior directorfor the western hemisphere at
the white house.thank you for joining us.
lets talk about cuba.cubans on the island are facing
violent repression as a responseto these massive historic
protests.we have seen abuses committed by
agents of the regime.there are people who have been
arrested.many people have been
disappeared.i would like you to see the
opinion of the cuban citizen.>> what i want is freedom.
thats all i want.i want to be able to buy for my
child whatever i can with mywork.
i dont want children to gohungry.
>> what is your opinion?>> thank you for the invitation.
he is completely right.the president needs to do is
mobilize the internationalcommunity to put pressure on the
regime.we are seeing the failure of
communism.we need to do everything
possible to provide internet asa right to the cuban people.
we are trying to find concreteways to advance that.
we need to sanction individualswho are responsible for acts of
oppression, repression andviolation of human rights.
thats the immediate and clearthing that we need to do.
we also need to make sure thataid is going to the cuban people
and not the government.>> mario diaz said that it is
inconceivable that at thismoment when the cuban people are
being massacred, biden has awork group to discuss
remittances.thats what he said.
>> that is one thing we areproposing.
the state departmentsconsulting to see how we can do
this better.remittances is just one part of
what we need.we need international
mobilization.>> some people are trying to
blame the embargo for thesuffering of the people.
in cuba.we need to make sure that
everyone in the internationalcommunity is bringing to light
the abuses that are happening atthe organization of american
states.we need to continue applying
pressure so that everyone keepscuba front and center.
we will take concrete stepstowards individuals that we have
identified as being responsiblefor these abuses.
important thing is thatdictatorships maintain control
by controlling information andthrough fear.
we need to make sure there isaccess to the internet so that
these abuses can come tonightand cubans can communicate with
each other.>> there have been at least 590
arrests and disappearances as aresult of these protests.
but the cuban government says noone has been arrested or
disappeared.well the biden administration
do anything to guarantee therelease of these prisoners?
>> we will apply pressure forthat.
we have heard over 500 peoplehave been arrested.
i have friends, cuban-americanswho havent heard from family
members who may have beenarrested.
many artists have been arrested.performers have been arrested.
the patria ev to -- patria yvida song has been mobilized.
they said an invasion of cuba isnot an option.
>> not to senator menendez butours -- also marco rubio have
said that kind of rhetoric, whatdoes is justify the regime to
abuse the rights of the cubanpeople.
it also takes away the focusfrom people who have mobilized.
that should be the focus, notthe political debate we have
here in the united states.cubans want freedom.
they want to determine their ownfuture.
the regime has respondedviolently.
we need to continue callingattention to this.
>> thank you for joining us.we will see you soon.
>> thank you very much.>> when we return, meet nury
martinez, who may be the nextinterim mayor for the city of
los angeles.>> lets go to the west coast.
los angeles.the city government is preparing
for an important change.president biden has named eric
garcetti mayor of los angeles.if he is confirmed, the
president of the city councilwould become the first woman,
the first mother in the firstlatina to be mayor of that city.
she joins us from the city oflos angeles.
thank you for being with us.>> thank you.
>> you would become the interimmayor of los angeles if eric our
study is confirmed asambassador.
what would be your primaryconcerns for the city?
where would you begin?>> we have to begin with people
living on the streets.we are continuing to build
homes.we need to make sure housing
continues to be built while alsoproviding help for indigent
people living on the streets inlos angeles and begin cleaning
the garbage and items throughoutthe city.
we need to focus on housing butwe also need to realize the
situation we are experiencingnow is not tolerable
particularly for immigrantcommunities in los angeles.
>> what would be an acceptablesituation for people living on
the streets?>> im seeing a lot of indigent
people who need help.i need mental help assistance,
drug treatment.we are seeing people die on the
streets of los angeles becausethey need a different kind of
service.the city of los angeles is
responsible for building homesfor people.
the services come from adifferent part of the
government.its not just about housing.
it is about services for peoplewho do not have the capability
to take care of themselves.>> in los angeles as well as
other cities in the country,there is an increase of covid
cases as a result of this deltavariant.
how would you face and deal withthis new surge in covid cases?
you have already implementedmandatory mask wearing indoors.
if you consider closing the cityagain?
>> i would.we are seeing how many of our
own employees have beenvaccinated.
i ask the community to pleaseget vaccinated.
learn about this new variantwhich is much more contagious
than regular covid.we are seeing the number of
people who are going tohospitals in the majority, the
vast majority of those peoplewho are hospitalized have not
been vaccinated.>> another topic.
gun violence.it is something that worries a
lot of latino families.what would you do to deal with
this phenomena?>> i am seeing what other cities
are doing.the mayor of chicago is talking
to the president about reforms.not just seeing violence in
major cities like los angelesbut also the trafficking of
firearms that happens in ourcommunities.
this is not surprising.people have been cooped up for a
year.people have not worked.
the anxiety our community isexperiencing is at a maximum
point.we are seeing this with the use
of firearms, the number offirearms we see in our
community.people who have been stuck at
home for over a year.we have seen an increase in
crime and robberies with theseweapons but we also need to see
the situation differently.we need to dedicate resources to
make sure our children do notend up in gangs or get involved
in that kind of violence.>> if you became mayor, he would
be the first mother, latina,woman.
do you have a plan to helplatina women or mothers in los
angeles?>> the recovery from this
pandemic is very importantespecially for women and women
of color.over 5 million of women have had
to leave their jobs.in this last year the pandemic
has simply added moreresponsibilities many of us had
to leave our careers.we havent been able to return
to work because we dont have aplace to leave our children.
childcare is very important forwomen to return to work.
especially with the reopening ofschools.
we need to acknowledge that whenthere is a crisis in this
country, it affects women most.the responsibility of taking
care of children is on women.if somebody gets sick, the
responsibility falls to women.>> thats an excellent point and
good luck if you finally getconfirmed to be mayor of los
angeles.>> it is a point of pride to
represent the community in losangeles.
>> when we return, we will learnabout the new film from mexican
actor kyle garcia>> we are connected to
something bigger.>> thats part of the new film,
old.which premiered in films -- in
theaters this weekend.its a suspense film about a
group of tourists unable toleave the bg who mysteriously
begin aging very quickly.it has an international cast
including golden globe winnergael garcia bernal, who joins me
from new york.thank you for joining us on al
punto.lets talk about this movie that
you starring, old.the film were a group of people
go to a mysterious beach andbegin aging very quickly.
you portray a father.tell us what appealed to you
about this story.>> everything.
the idea of this film began fromwhat i heard, was that m. night
shyamalan wanted to work withme.
he was considering me for amovie and i listen very excited
about that.i admire the films he has made
and later when i was offered therole, i read the script and
everything.everything began to take shape
and i started feeling veryenthusiastic about working on
this film.>> i understand that every 30
minutes in the movie is a yearof life for the characters in
this story.so we see children grow quickly,
we see adults age as well.its time the villain of old?
>> at the premiere of this film,part of the problem is that time
begins advancing quicker and atthat moment, given that time
rules our lives, theres nologic that matters anymore.
no logic can help us understandwhat is happening.
i think that is something thatsgoing to resonate with people
who see the film.people will reflect, i hope they
will reflect after seeing thisfilm.
>> i wonder if having worked onthis film lefty with a lesson
that you might not have learnedotherwise.
what did you learn from thisstory?
>> it was very interestingphilosophically to deal with
this topic.i would say that one of the
things i appreciate most is thatfrom the western point of view,
we see aging as somethingpejorative, something that
leaves something obsolete or notworking anymore.
and its the word we use forgrowing, for living more.
even for acquiring more wisdom.so i think that what has helped
me with this film and all of uswho worked on it is to try to
subvert that term that gets usedand try to find more positive
ways of talking about growing.living more, basically.
>> at the beginning of theinterview, you mentioned you are
interested in working with thedirector of this film, m. night
shyamalan.he has made some very well-known
films like sixth sense, signs.what do you like about this
director and his style?>> i like that he always has
interesting structures,contradictory things.
he juxtaposes the supernaturalwith the mundane and i find that
fascinating.>> hes got all these enigmas
and mysteries that promptcuriosity.
i didnt recognize you with yourhair dyed landes.
what are you new projects?what are you working on?
>> im very superstitious abouttalking about what youre doing
or what you havent done yet.i dont like talking about what
i havent completed.because of my belief in the film
gods.so i would rather not talk about
what i have not yet completed.>> when you are ready to tell us
about those projects, the doorof al punto is open to you.
thank you for joining us.>> inc. you.
>> much success.-- thank you.
>> much success.>> in mexico, there is a church
dedicated to diego armandomaradona.
caesar munoz has prepared atango.
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will get to the point, al punto.♪