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Aquí y Ahora - 12 de septiembre, 2021

Crece la tensión en la frontera sur de México, pues muchos migrantes se acercan pensando en cambiar su vida, pero los problemas que encuentran ahí los sobrepasan.
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the tension on the southern border increases.20 years after 9/11, the story of a pair of shoes that becamewitnesses to the tragedy. >> i could not let them end upin a garbage can. >> hundreds of thousands offamilies are waiting to hear what will happen with theeviction moratorium. >> im worried there is no moneyto pay the rent. >> a decision brings up newissues regarding the death of a transgender woman.>> what if i hadnt made that video?>> a young man, a product of the foster care system, shows thatdespite circumstances, has been able to succeed.>> he is breaking with the trend of a few young people graduatingfrom school. >> this and more today on aquiy ahora. >> the last few days on thesouthern border have been rocky. >> these images speak forthemselves. we hear about the people in themiddle of this crisis that could worsen.♪ >> tapachula in the mexicanstate of chappattas is the first real step toward theunited states. for many, for a while, this hasbecome a living hell. >> she came from honduras a fewmonths ago. >> i have suffered very much,the worst things someone can experience and i dont want herto experience the same thing. >> looking for a better life forher daughter, she risked everything and came here, tomexico, like 80,000 migrants who have arrived here, she has towait to get a permit and that weight, she says, has her on thebrink. >> i do not want to be herebecause i cannot feed my daughters.she has asked for money, she has slept on the streets.>> this situation is even harder for guillermo and his friends,members of the lgbtq community. >> we have approximately fourmonths that we have been here. the situations we haveexperience have been very difficult.to some extent, our lives are in danger because we have beenthreatened. >> and then, there are those whohave been incarcerated because of migration issues.>> we have had our liberty denied us illegally.some people, for more than 60 days despite seeking refugeestatus. >> situations like this arebehind every migrant. >> we cannot survive here.>> everybody knew when they started their journey, themexican authorities would try to contain them, but they did notexpect this attitude. [screaming]>> please, please, no. >> lets go.>> ive been covering this border for 20 years and ihavent seen such a violent reaction.>> she is maria dejesus peters who has won a nationaljournalism award. she captured the horror of thecaravans. >> the children crying andscreaming and the saddest scene was they were watching theviolent way in which their parents were treated.their parents were beaten, humiliated.>> they are trying to take my daughter.>> ollie hundred get taras, who came from venezuela, experiencedthe separation of her daughter in chiapas >>.they got into the van and they pushed their way in.they were crying and pleading. >> her daughter was missing, shesaid. >> a venezuelan rescued theyoung girl and contacted her family in venice villa.they were able to be reunited. this is another man who wasabout to be separated from his daughter.some say that with this violence, mexico is trying toget in the good graces of the united states.president open door denies this. -- president obra door deniesthis. >> he said the operations wouldcontinue to protect them. human rights watch and otherorganizations such as the coalition for human rights inlos angeles condemning these actions.>> you can see the roof is made of tin.when it rains, water comes in and we have to move beds andmove things so the leaks do not fall on us.>> what little he has is borrowed.they are under constant death threats.>> we dont have a vote -- a voice or a vote here.im going to find him and im going to [keep]-- [beep] >> they want to make it to theirdestination without further repression from mexicanauthorities. this thursday, two activistsbegan working to get people who have an appointment withimmigration will be taken by caravan to their appointment.>> meanwhile, at border points between mexico and the unitedstates such as this one, every day, more migrants arrived.they are able to defy the containment walls.the problem is the places like tijuana b -- threatened tobecome a pressure cooker. >> its incredible whatshappening. a problem that has grown andbothers some people. >> jose has brought otheractivists together. the head of immigration will nowhave to answer to the senate. peters, meanwhile, continuesdocumenting what is happening even though she herself has beenthe target of violence. guillermo is waiting for a joboffer as a journalist to get out of what he calls a hell.>> they revealed their action plan if the situation does notchange. we will be back soon with moreaqui y ahora. later, despite thecircumstances, hes determined to change his life, but before,tonight on aqui y ahora -- where are the silent witnesses>> 20 years ago, a reporter among dozens that we did after9/11 became one of the most remembered ones.we broadcast it originally on aqui y ahora and we aretalking about to elements of the tragedy.the correspondent relives it two decades later.♪ >> this is the embrace that noteven the best screenwriter could have written.>> dont cry. dont cry.>> it was a reporter meeting up with an interview subject from20 years earlier. >> the whole building hascollapsed. >> im looking for informationabout my husband. he worked at the world tradecenter in tower one. it was the second one that fell.he worked at windows on the world, on the 106th floor.>> it was the first few hours after the tragedy.>> it looks like there are many more things we dont know thanwhat we do know. weve been here for over a week.>> one week later, it became a report for aqui y ahora onseptember 18, 2001. file she talked about going overthe victims list. >> sometimes you say can icheck, can i look and then check again.but they never say to you heres the list, you look.>> that story care eight another story inside of it.a pair of shoes, abandoned at ground zero and the uncertainfuture of the owner. four days, she would find mewhile i worked on the street and told me how she felt not knowingwhat happened to her partner, victor hugo.>> i want to know what happened, whether hes alive or dead.i want to know. >> thinking of her in theabandon she is, i realized they had something in common --uncertainty. >> we dont know who they belongto. it could have been a world tradecenter executive or someone who ran.these are the silent witnesses of the tragedy.>> i couldnt allow them to end up in a trashcan.>> youre never giving these away, right?>> no. >> i decided to keep them sothey wouldnt end up in the garbage.i kept them for two decades. they were flat and now they havecurved. they have dust from 9/11, butthat has gone away. >> what happened the hours later. i tried talking to her at the10th anniversary in the 11. someone we contacted said shewould not grant us an interview. >> i interviewed you and imasking you to reach me. >> been two years later, ilooked for her -- d2 later -- 20 years later, i looked for her onsocial media. i interviewed you.>> this area was not open to the public.>> no, you could not get in here.>> two decades ago, it would have been unimaginable to walkby here. >> time has passed.thousands of family members of the deceased at ground zero, ithas become a monument were people come to remember theirloved ones, so they never received their remains.they know they all experienced their last moments of life atthis location. >> how do you remember him?>> smiling. he always smiled.he was never in a bad mood. he was always in a good mood.in fact, as long as i knew him, i never saw him angry.>> i remember him. you had this flyer, you weredoing it away, posting it. how did you make it?>> at home, with the computer i had at home.it is a homemade flyer. >> were you aware that you hadthis for 20 years? >> i was aware i had it, but notthat it had been 20 years. >> lily and victor hugo hadplans destroyed by 9/11. >> i see this picture and i seethe things that could not be. >> but they remain in your mind,which is the most important thing.>> we had dreams of having a family, of having children.that was not to be. >> if a feeling has been withher for two decades, it is the feeling of loss.she never got anything from victor hugo.>> he left our house, and that was it.he disappeared. >> she has had 20 years to facesolitude and return to the fountain with the names ofnearly 3000 victims, including victor hugos name.>> life goes on >>. >>>> but you learn that withpain. thats right.>> issues also returned to where the twin towers had been.they never found out if their owner was alive or dead.for these shoes and for liliana, these the -- life in these yearshas been a lot of penance. they both pass this tragic test.>> liliana, like many other family members of the victims of9/11 has to settle for the memories and keeps caring forthe shoes that she found. we return after the break.>> when we return, many families explore their options to avoidif actions. >> im always calling to seewhat they say.with the end of the month, hundreds of thousands offamilies will face a problem that began with the pandemic --how to pay the rent. the protections offered by thegovernment have come to an end. that has launched many rentersinto uncertainty, but there is a light of hope for people whoneed help. tiffany roberts tells us how toobtain that hope. >> roxana in dallas, texashardly sleeps at night. >> i wake up every day at 1 a.m.to cook so i can be there at 6 a.m.>> she lives in a two bedroom apartment with her husband andthree children. she works selling food and,since the pandemic began, her income has dropped.>> ive been very stressed and worried because theres no moneyto pay the rent. >> the pandemic coincided withher husbands illness. >> there is a lot of pressurethinking about the bills for this month.theres no money but the little i make.ive also got to pay for my husbands medicine.>> alejandro was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver.his doctors have not given him much hope.>> the doctors said your liver is badly damaged.>> the only option is a transplant.>> he admits that when he was young, he drank more than heshould and eight poorly, but he has not had alcohol in years.>> every morning, i wake up and thank god because there are manypeople who are sick and die. >> now, his wife bears theresponsibility. >> sometimes, when im in theshower, i start to cry and i pray to god for strength.>> like in every family, there are unexpected things.>> now that they are back in school, the ones they had didnot fit anymore, so i had to buy them for them.they had to go to school. i wasnt able to pay rent lastmonth. i brought -- i bought new shoeswere all three of them. >> the couple said since thepandemic began, they have not been able to pay their rent ontime and have been shielded by the eviction moratorium.>> she would call and say we would pay the rent two weekslate or 10 days late. >> last august 26 supreme courtdetermined the cdc did not have authority to order an evictionmoratorium, which raised the fear of eviction among hundredsof thousands of family -- of families.yarmo was a cook his entire life.at the age of 63, he is retired. his plan was to live off therent he and his wife bought several years ago.>> i thought that, retired, i would be here at home and mywife would work while she waited to retire, i would make repairsaround the house. make it look better.that is my desire. >> they bought a duplex, asingle building with two homes. a couple and their two adultchildren live in one half. the other half is rented in theuse the money to pay for some of the mortgage.>> because of the pandemic, the rent has been sporadic.now they pay to any 5%, which is $400, and they pay whenever theywant. i think they feel they can livefree. i said youre not going to livefor free, you have two pay a certain amount, and depending onhow you are working and how your situation improves, you willkeep paying. >> with their deficit andfinances, they worry that in november, they have to pay taxes. >> they are going to take awayour property because we fell behind on the property taxeslast year. we have been paying little bylittle. >> this will affect everyonefrom the people who are renting to the government itself.renters will be effect did, property owners will beaffected. >> carlos is a financial expertin los angeles. he says even though themoratorium has expired and has given owners the power to evicttheir renters, financial aid to pay for back rent is stillavailable. the money is there.how can i ask whats going to affect me.the government wants to help but you need to ask for it.>> the federal government has set aside $46 billion to payback rent. but until now, only 11% of thatmoney has been paid out because experts say the applicationprocess is done on a local level which causes confusion amongrenters. in dallas, roxana said it wasvery difficult to request aid during the pandemic.she has cps status and did not meet the legal requirements.she had to use her sons help. >> i asked a friend who had acomputer for help and there were a lot of requirements.>> every state is different, in california, where the garciafamily lives, the government has promised help to propertyowners. >> i call and say there a lot ofmoney to pay. but there have not been a lot ofapplications. the few that you have, why dontyou process them? >> sometimes, i think they arelies because they say the money is there, that people dontapply, that maybe they dont know.we have applied twice and they have not helped.>> now, the law allows landlords to evict renters.>> they are thinking twice about it.>> i dont want to kick them out.i understand what things are like and i know there arehomeless people on the streets. but he doesnt want toparticipate. i say you have to pay the rent,i dont have money to pay the mortgage on the house, now weare going to be two families on the streets.i dont want to evict him, but i cant because he has two smallchildren. >> princeton university tracksif action requests in courts. new york, houston, and las vegashad the highest number in the last few weeks.it will take a while for these to go into effect, but theprocess has begun. in dallas, misses compass saysthe owners of her apartment have been very understanding.but they are no longer forgiving .>> i called and told them im taking the money at a certainday. i have to borrow it.i/o a lot of people money now. and i trust this month i will beable to pay for it. >> she says that despite thecrisis, she doesnt forget that what is most important is herhusbands health and childrens well-being.>> he is the father of my children.i cant abandon him. when he was healthy, he had twojobs. now even if he wants to help, hecant. >> rosanna finally submitted anapplication that would give her up to 18 months of back rent,but she has not been approved yet.meanwhile, the garcia family has not received any response fromlocal authorities. we will be back soon.>> after the break, an officer involved in a death was letfree. a recent decision revives thecontroversy over what happened.a trans woman who was in love and had many dreams died understrange circumstances. her partner recorded a videothat became viral and was used in an investigation.from columbia, why the investigation has only prolongedthe fame of her loved ones. >> every day, francisco lights acandle and praise for his girlfriend.it has been a year, but memories remain in that house.>> we started talking and got closer and closer.>> what made you fall in love with her?>> the way she treated me. >> she was 36 and a transgenderwoman. she had been with francisco forthree years and in this apartment for -- in southerncolumbia. >> she was happy, she was inlove. >> he said life smiled on him.>> every day was happy when we were together.first, we wanted to restore our health -- our house.we had projects. she also wanted a beauty salon.she worked in that field. and now, im waiting to see whatdestiny has in store for me. >> on september 24, last year,destiny took them to a place they never should have been.that day, close to their house, they into others went out butleft their ids at home. when they realized the militarywas there, they went back. >> this is where we turn back.they never imagined what might happen.september 24, 2020, in this place on the highway, giulianaslife ended. this point is a silent witnessto what happened. >> out of nowhere, soldiers cameout and started shooting. they came to this point here andshot. in a matter of seconds,franciscos life change. >> my giuliana was dead.there were no signs of life. >> you killed her.>> in the middle of the chaos, he took out his cell phone andrecorded everything that was happening.>> help me. >> in his mind, the image hasbeen played many times. >> help me distribute thisvideo. >> a year later, with the painstill present, he said the video made his tragedy public.>> they just told her please spread the video.>> what would have happened if i hadnt made the video and itwasnt known by the world? >> francisco said he confrontedthe shoal -- the soldier that shot and his superiors.he never got an explanation, he says.novice soldier who killed her.>> there were stories i had argued with them and i had hurtthem verbally and physically. there are many differentversions. >> authorities said those in thevehicle had not stopped at a military checkpoint and the shothad been a warning shot. media witnesses and otherauthorities say there was no check point, that the car wasnot a threat, and that they shot to kill.>> you only shoot when there is imminent risk.the soldier that shot has a record of bad behavior, druguse, and shooting. >> the government acknowledgewhat happened. >> regarding the incident wherea woman was killed by a shot from a member of public safety,i want to express my consternation for what hashappened. >>>> he said he went throughdifficult times. >> she remembered that thesoldier is the last in the chain of command.who is in charge of them? for me, the responsible peopleare the people who are their superiors.the soldier faces a trial for the death, but he was sent home.>> the house still holds memories.they dont know whether to restore it, sell it, or tear itdown. the car still has bullet holes.the military prefers not talking about the case and less than oneweek ago, a new judge said that the soldier should go back tojail. when they went to find him athome, he was not there. now he is a fugitive.>> how many times have you come here after a tragedy?>> i have come many times. ive come by myself, i have satdown and cried, i have lit cigarettes for her because sheused to smoke. i pray that her soul can be atpeace. >> francisco is worried abouthow slow the investigation is going.>> the truth is i do not want her death to go unpunished.>> the investigation is not going how it should.>> he says she will always live on >> in his heart.>>do you still love her? >> i still love her.she may not be present. >> with the former militarymember a fugitive, francisco says he worries about his life.we will be back. >> when we return, this youngman changed his life after overcoming abuse, exploitationand despair. >> i focused on school and paidattention in class.a young immigrant lived a nightmare from a very young age.in school, his home, and the country came to at the age ofthree hoping to escape adversity, but he found his wayto a family that changed his life.>> from a very young age, tito knew he lived in a world wherebeing a child was very difficult.>> i did not want to go to school.>> why didnt you want to go to school?>> because the teachers would hit you if you didnt learnsomething. >> they would hit you?>> i was afraid of them, but i got use to it.thats what the culture is like there.>> in the midst of need in guatemala, he helped hisparents. >> i always worked with them inthe fields, but if i didnt learn something, i would gethit. my close world torn and theynever bought anything for me. >> you eight what you harvested?>> yes. >> one day, he decided to leaveeverything. >> i had heard it was verydifficult to cross the desert. many people died there.>> where there other children? >> i was the youngest.>> tito said he saw images he will never forget.>> i saw a pregnant woman and the people who were with usabandoned her in the desert. >> the trauma only intensifiedwhen he was sent to tucson. >> i was 13 years old.i didnt understand what anyone was saying.>> he speaks and indigenous language.he did not speak spanish or english at the time.a friend of his father said he promised to find him and househim but he changed his mind. >> thats why i was in thatprogram the longest amount of time.they were going to put me up for adoption.no one was interested in me. >> seven months later, anotherfamily friend interceded and took him to south carolina towork in the fields. tito says the work was verydifficult. >> a friend said open your eyes.they are taking advantage of you.you should not be working. you should be going to school.you are a child. >> he decided to run away again,this time, to florida. >> i escaped from the person whotook me from arizona. i got the courage to tell thosepeople here i am. tell police am here.>> the reality is he had no protection, no family, no homeand no money until a woman met him and offered him her home.he lived with her for two months.>> she said i promised i will take care of you.the police came and saw what was happening in the computer andsaid i was a lost child in the united states.i wanted to escape. >> for years, the couple becamefoster parents. they were hoping to adopt andhave taken care of for minors. they tried adopting one of them,but it did not work. >> its still hard to talk abouthim. >> foster parents care forminors temporarily. people whose guardianship is inthe hands of the government. they want to adopt one or twobabies, but sometimes destiny can be capricious.>> they told us about a child who is 15.thats not what we were looking for.>> they had had a miscarriage. >> that child was the same ageas a child we might have had. ♪>> tito came to live in a house, supposedly for two days.that was the initial agreement. four years later, he remainswith them. >> they always supported me,like a father and a mother. they sent me to therapy becauseof everything that had happened and that helped me a lot.>> does it feel strange to be loved?>> at first, it felt odd. they were very affectionate.my parents, nobody else could give me that love.>> carlos is 72 and has been serving the community for 15years, a guardian who was always there for what i needed.>> he was assigned by the court to guarantee his well-being.>> if you bring a child from your house like this, problemsbegin to get resolved because of the love they get from theirfoster parents. love is the best medicine ateenager can get. >> he says that love allows youto harvest accomplishments. >> what are you studying?>> accounting. i always paid attention inschool. when i was in the 11th grade, iwas in an honors class. i ended up with na.-- with an a. >> hes defying the statisticsof a small number of children who graduate.>> he has a message for people who have lost hope in theteenagers in the foster care system.>> sometimes we feel bad, we feel alone.be patient. give them a chance to live withthem because they can improve. >> look in my eyes.would you like them to adopt you?>> yes. i think they can adopt me untilim 21. i feel like im their son andthey are my family. >> we are willing to adopt him.>> as an older brother, they still want to adopt one or twobabies. >> i dont want to leave theirhouse. >> sometimes he still hasmemories, bad memories of his parents.>> i love them, they are my parents.>> in florida, children in the foster care system are theresponsibility of the government until they get to age 18.>> but they can stay with their foster parents until they finishcollege. its an opportunity titoappreciates and is thankful for. >>we will see you next time. ♪