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King James: I'm Coming Home; Israeli Airstrikes Pound Gaza; Obama Official: "We Will Send You Back"; Possibility of Ground Invasion in Gaza; Start of Journey for Undocumented Immigrants: Traveling from Guatemala to Mexico; Gary Bailey on Coming Final Match in World Cup
Aired July 12, 2014 - 06:00 ET
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We heard about it. We ran over here. We heard, we ran. We're going to make it, dude. We're one of the finals. Lebron is the man, dude. He did it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right next to the crossing, here are people who are crossing this recover to get from Guatemala to Mexico.
WOLF BLITZER, CNN HOST, "THE SITUATION ROOM": I've been coming to this area for years. Usually when I'm here the situation is bad. Now the situation is very tense, very bad. I truly fear it's about to get a whole lot worse.
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CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: All righty, maybe the coffee isn't even made yet. Doesn't matter. Just lay there in bed and relax. We're here for you. I'm Christi Paul.
VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Victor Blackwell. It's 6:00 here on the east coast. This is NEW DAY SATURDAY. Who says you cannot go home again?
PAUL: Well, I'm trying to figure out what that guy was saying. Did anybody else understand anything he said?
BLACKWELL: We know he was talking about Lebron James headed home after four years and two NBA titles with the Miami. King James is going back to Cleveland.
PAUL: You know that I love this. I'm a Cleveland girl. I love it.
BLACKWELL: Come on, Ohio.
PAUL: He will once again wear a Cavalier jersey and return to his home state a little bit older, a little wiser but of course in time for the 2015 season.
BLACKWELL: You remember the fans who once scorned him. Look at them now. He's the hometown hero again. They lined up to buy Lebron jerseys, you know, since they burned them before. PAUL: The Cav's owner, even he slammed Lebron as selfish. He called him disloyal. That's what he said at a summer game. Last night, though, he kind of changed his tune. He said he and King James were ready to move forward again.
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DAN GILBERT, CLEVELAND CAVALIERS OWNER: Lebron has grown up quite a bit. Besides winning championships he's got two kids and a third one on the way. He's a grown man now. I certainly talked about the things I was embarrassed about and apologized that night. He talked about a few things and we got it out of the way real quick.
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BLACKWELL: All about the future now, "UNGUARDED" host, Rachel Nichols has been covering Lebron James since his high school days. She takes a look back with us.
RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN HOST, "UNGUARDED": Even if you don't know what you're going to do, what have you learned from the last time that you switched teams that will inform how you handle things this time?
LEBRON JAMES, TWO-TIME NBA CHAMPION: You learn from your mistakes. If I'm in that position again I'll be able to handle it better.
NICHOLS (voice-over): That was Lebron James before the free agency circuit that's consumed the NBA these past weeks. At the time, he promised me this decision wouldn't be anything like the decision back in 2010. Back then there was the television show that earned the scorn of the nation.
JAMES: I'm joining Miami Heat.
NICHOLS: And broke hearts all over Cleveland.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is the worst thing that could ever happen to Cleveland.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I hope he never wins anything in Miami.
NICHOLS: But four years and two NBA titles later, a much more mature Lebron stuck to the different approach he promised. Instead of the TV extravaganza, a 952-word essay published in "Sports Illustrated." remember the gaudy predictions of multiple titles he made back when he came to Miami.
JAMES: Not two, not three, not four, not five, not five, not seven.
NICHOLS: This time Lebron was much more modest. Writing, quote, "I'm not promising a championship. We're not ready, no way." He also spoke from the heart comparing his stint in Miami to go into college noting, quote, "These past four years helped raise me to who I am." It's a concept he had spoken to me about earlier. How even though he was already 25 years old when he joined the Heat, it was his first time truly away from home.
JAMES: Even though I played for Cleveland for seven years, I still lived in my hometown of Akron so I was in Akron for 25 straight years. I didn't know how difficult it was to learn new streets, new culture, learn new people, be around different things that I hadn't been around. That was challenging.
NICHOLS: Now he says that growing up process is what made him finally understand his attachment and responsibilities to the place he grew up. Cleveland fans haven't celebrated a championship in any major sport in 50 years and his loyalty to them earned praise from many corners, even the White House.
JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I think it's a pretty powerful statement about the value of a place that you consider home.
NICHOLS: Yes, this time around things are different. Back in 2010 Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert posted a now infamous public letter to Lebron on the team's web site calling his departure, quote, "A cowardly betrayal and shocking act of disloyalty." On Friday, well, Gilbert tweeted, "My 8-year-old son said Daddy, does this mean I can finally wear my Lebron jersey again? Yes, it does, son. He wrote, "Yes, it does." For CNN, I'm Rachel Nichols.
BLACKWELL: How things have changed. Lebron's announcement on Friday, a day of celebration across the Midwest. Fans were lining up on the streets, screaming and shouting, taking their shirts off all singing the praises of Lebron James.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My heart is just pounding right now. It's just a complete dream come true. Thank you Lebron James. I think you're going to bring us a championship.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm excited for Cleveland and the Cavs.
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PAUL: You realize when one place celebrates somebody else may be mourning, in Miami specifically, a slightly different tone. Fans understand I think why Lebron had to go home, but they're still going to miss him when he's gone.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, no worries. I don't think anybody in Miami is going to start burning his jersey.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Four years with Lebron we're very happy. Four eastern conferences, four championships. We're going to be sad to lose him but we got to understand he's got to go home and I respect that.
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BLACKWELL: All right, no reports of fans in Miami burning jerseys, but look at this, some of the Heat fans, they're not taking the loss well either.
PAUL: No, no. Take a look at this. This was what happened as soon as news broke that the king was leaving. Someone vandalized this championship mural. That was Lebron's face that was painted over.
BLACKWELL: The artist that painted the mural is actually happy this happened. Listen.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I spent two months in the hot sun painting this. You our idol. You really left us. I didn't do that, but I totally agree with whoever did it.
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PAUL: Rashan Ali joining us. I'm from Cleveland, we fans are passionate people because we've not always had a winning season, as y'all know. But we're always out there, right?
RASHAN ALI, "BLEACHER REPORT": Cleveland fans.
PAUL: But that I think is why there was such a passion when he left and they were so unhappy. So what is the mood -- I mean, we saw part of the mood. Is that pretty universal?
ALI: The mood is universal. People are very happy that he is back with the home team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. To say that the city of Cleveland was buzzing right now would be an understatement. The fans had immediately responded, the Cavaliers sold out of their season tickets in less than eight hours after Lebron's announcement.
Now phone lines were so jammed that the team had to redirect lines in the office to be used for ticket sales. The good thing is owner, Dan Gilbert did not increase season ticket sales. Phone lines weren't the only things jammed. So was the web site selling the "forgiven" t- shirts. A local company released the t-shirt design just days before even knowing Lebron would return to his hometown.
They sold out of their inventory in two hours. The company printed 2,500 additional t-shirts last night. Now the city of Cleveland has not won a title in a major professional sport in 50 years, but hopes are high with Lebron back and Johnny Manziel vying for the quarterback position for the Browns.
The city has real some star power that they can capitalize on and to add to an incredible week, it was announced that Cleveland will play host to the 2016 Republican National Convention. It's been one of the best weeks ever for Northeast Ohio.
BLACKWELL: If you had to rank those three, where the GOP convention would fall on the list. PAUL: Cleveland is a sports town.
BLACKWELL: So all right, 50 years you said since a championship and now they've got basketball with Lebron James. You've got Manziel. Would one of these guys be the ticket, be the key?
ALI: I say Lebron James will win a championship before Johnny Manziel. They've got the number one pick in Wiggins. They're vying to get Kevin Love. So we will see. I think they're closer to a championship than the Browns are.
PAUL: That's all right. We know it. We just love them anyway.
ALI: That's what real fans do.
PAUL: We're not fair weather fans in Ohio.
ALI: What are you saying about Miami fans?
PAUL: I'm not saying that either. I don't have experience in Miami. I have experience in Cleveland.
BLACKWELL: Rashan Ali, thank you so much. So we've talked about Lebron and a lot of people are celebrating. We've got to talk about the crisis in the Middle East because more than 115 people now, according to officials in Gaza, killed there. Now Hamas militants are warning U.S. airlines don't fly to Israel's main airport.
PAUL: And more strong words from the Obama administration this morning as well to undocumented immigrants who are in limbo here in America.
BLACKWELL: Hear those? Those are the air raid sirens ringing out in Tel Aviv in Israel as people literally run for cover from incoming rockets.
PAUL: And this is what it looks like to be across the border in Gaza. For five straight days now, Israeli air strikes have pounded the region. Hamas ministry officials said 121 Palestinians have been killed and Israel says the strikes won't stop until the rocket attacks cease.
BLACKWELL: CNN's Wolf Blitzer had been in Israel for less than 24 hours when those sirens rang and he and his crew had to run for cover. Wolf is in Jerusalem right now -- Wolf.
BLITZER: I've been coming to this region for many years. Usually when I'm here the situation is bad. I'm here usually covering bloody conflicts, though, I did have a happy experience back in 1994 when I was CNN's senior White House correspondent. I covered the signing of the Israeli Jordanian peace treaty. That was in Aqaba in Jordan, but now the situation is very tense, very bad and I truly fear it's about to get a whole lot worse.
Israeli attacks and armored vehicles, they are poised to move into Gaza, which already has taken a severe Israeli pounding from the air. There will be many casualties on both sides if that happens. Millions of Israelis have been living in fear, fear of hearing those awful air raid sirens blast out. I've encountered a few of those experiences over the past couple of days when I drove down south to the border with Gaza.
But as bad as the situation is on the Israeli side, it's a whole lot worse in Gaza. That's a small area with more than a million and a half Palestinians crowded in. Finding a way out of this awful mess won't be easy. Everyone seems to appreciate that. What's so sad is that Israeli and Palestinian leaders, they've had opportunities over the years.
They would have a wonderful coexistence if that long elusive peace process could get off the ground once again and both sides were willing to make the necessary compromises. Unfortunately, right now that seems so unlikely. Wolf Blitzer, CNN, Jerusalem.
PAUL: All right, Wolf, thank you so much. Now Israeli said it hit more than 60 target in Gaza overnight.
BLACKWELL: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says there's one way to stop the shelling, the rocket attacks by Hamas must end.
PAUL: I want to bring CNN international, Becky Anderson now. Becky, I know that you are in Jerusalem. What is the situation like there and at the border with Gaza at this point?
BECKY ANDERSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, it's alluding to the ceasefire, let me just clear that one any likelihood of that, I would say that it's extremely unlikely. In fact, on the ground, it seems the exact opposite to be developing. Watch this space. Overnight, we saw more shelling from the air, from air strikes of Gaza by the Israelis.
We saw more rocket launches from Gaza into Israel. So as far as the situation on the ground is concerned, it is tense, it is confusing and the reality on the ground, Christi and Victor, is that people are dying in Gaza. It's very, very disturbing picture. For the Israeli side no deaths but clearly injuries as well.
As far as Jerusalem is concerned, things here relatively quiet. It's a functioning city and it continues to be so. When you get the sirens, people run for cover. But there's an iron dome shield set up around the city and certainly those incoming rockets that have reached Jerusalem have either gotten to open ground or been shot out of the sky by the Israelis. Here relatively peaceful. But things outside of Jerusalem are very, very frightening. BLACKWELL: Let's talk about the warning from Hamas to airlines to stay away from the main airport there in Israel. Tell us more about what we know about that and what that implies.
ANDERSON: Yes. This was some sort of 24 to 36 hours ago and a couple members of CNN staff have come in over the past, what, 12 hours or so. One member of the staff just telling me before I came to air with you that he came through the airport only a few hours ago and it is a functioning airport. He didn't see any cancellations on the boards. He was aware of that story.
And certainly the U.S. airlines that we've contacted are aware of that threat, but say they are continuing to fly. So we'll keep up today on that story and any for information we'll bring to our viewers. So far as we understand this hour, the airlines are still flying in and out of Tel-Aviv.
BLACKWELL: All right, Becky Anderson in Jerusalem for us this morning. Becky, thanks.
PAUL: Thank you, Becky. So let's talk about the border crisis because as that worsens, an Obama top official goes to New Mexico, to a detention facility, to warn undocumented mothers and children, we will send you back.
BLACKWELL: Plus a Texas man accused of killing members of his family collapses in court as the judge reads capital murder charges against him. You'll see more of this play out.
PAUL: We will send you back. That is the message a top Obama official just delivered at the Mexican border as tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants, scores of them children continue to pour into the U.S.
BLACKWELL: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson went to New Mexico to stress the president's goal of deporting most -- anyone who crosses into the U.S. illegally and to do it within a matter of days, but this is not an easy task.
PAUL: As children fleeing gang violence in Central America, lingering U.S. detention centers, politicians agree, this is a humanitarian crisis. But a gridlocked Congress, well, they are not biting on President Obama's request for nearly $4 billion in crisis funding.
BLACKWELL: Now on Friday, Arizona Senator John McCain asserted that the Republicans will not sign off on the money and that the only way to end the crisis is to close the legal loophole that drew these immigrants north in the first place.
PAUL: Secretary Johnson toured that federal facility and we want to hear more about the -- he's asserting that in these detention centers, they're not humanitarian enough. And for the mothers that some of them come with but many come by themselves. BLACKWELL: It's a stopgap effort and it's been explained by the Obama administration to deal with the flood of people arriving illegally from Mexico. Ana Cabrera was with the secretary. Ana, good morning.
ANA CABRERA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Christi, Victor, this is the federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico that has been converted into a temporary housing facility for some of these undocumented immigrants. You go inside, it's not what you would expect for a holding facility for these undocumented immigrants. In fact, it felt more like a college campus when we had a chance to look complete will dorm rooms, bunk beds, desks, television sets.
They showed us the bathroom area, private shower areas. They also showed us some of the toys that the children here have access to, your typical bats and balls, hula hoops, stuffed animals. There are more than 400 women and children who have been brought here from Texas as they await deportation or an immigration trial.
This is a facility that's been established. Some 3600 acres is the whole Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and we understand the women and children pretty have free rain, but they're monitored very closely and nobody is allowed to leave until their fate is decided. The goal here is expedited repatriation and Homeland Security Secretary Jay Johnson spoke about that specifically when he visited on Friday.
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JEH JOHNSON, HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY: I think it's fair to say that a good number of them were surprised that they were being detained. I think they expected to be apprehended and simply let go into the interior and they're surprised that they're being detained and sent back so quickly.
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CABRERA: In fact, we've learned this center opened on June 27th and now Secretary Johnson says they have the first group that will be deported from here starting next week. Now since they have established a more efficient system for processing and housing these undocumented immigrants we are told the goal is to turn their legal cases much more quickly. In fact, the goal is two to four days of when they arrive here. Of course, some cases could take a little bit longer -- Christi, Victor.
PAUL: All right, Ana Cabrera, in New Mexico for us, thank you.
BLACKWELL: Well, the CDC revealed some safety lapses at an Atlanta lab that could have had deadly repercussions.
Also the suspect in a Florida shooting is out on bail. We have details next.
PAUL: You blink, you're already halfway through the hour. Welcome back. I'm Christi Paul.
BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell. Easing up on 6:30 Eastern. Here are five things you need to know for your NEW DAY. Up first, Lebron James headed back to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers. After four years, two championships in South Beach. And we have to say it's just in Miami. It's not in South Beach. I just got to clear that up.
PAUL: Thank you.
BLACKWELL: The king still has unfinished business in his hometown, 11-year veteran now wants to bring a championship to his city. City that raised him. According to reports, LeBron's maximum salary this year will be around $20 million, but there may be exceptions to that.
PAUL: Number two, the CDC says federal government laboratories in Atlanta improperly sent potentially deadly packages to other laboratories. It happened five times over the past decade, they say. And included anthrax, botulism and a bird flu virus. Officials say no one became infected or fell ill. All of the organisms were disposed of safely, they say.
BLACKWELL: Number three, a former police officer is out on bail months after being charged with the murder for killing a man inside a movie theater in Florida. You remember that shooting? Curtis Reeves Jr. will be under house arrest and subject to GPS monitoring. He also has to give up his firearms. Reeves allegedly shot and killed Chad Oulson after an argument over text messaging.
PAUL: Number four, a Texas man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife family - look at this - collapses in court yesterday. It was a pretty dramatic scene. You see it there. It happened just as the judge was reading Ron Lee Haskell the capital murder charges against him. Authorities say Haskell forced his way into a Texas home on Wednesday and demanded to see his estranged wife before gunning down all of - this whole family you see here, including four children. The one on the left hand side of your screen survived.
BLACKWELL: Wow. Number five, Secretary of State John Kerry will remain in Kabul for an additional meeting or two in an effort to resolve Afghanistan's disputed presidential election. Kerry made an announced trip to Afghanistan on Thursday to meet with candidates. The both sides accuse each other of massive fraud in the last - the vote last month. The final results are expected to be announced later this month.
PAUL: Let's talk more about the crisis in the Middle East. Because violence there is just spinning wildly this morning.
BLACKWELL: Yeah, in Israel, the sounds of the sirens, the echoes in the streets, that is a warning to take cover from possible rocket attacks by Hamas militants.
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WOLF BLITZER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Now, you can hear the sirens have just gone off so we're all being told to get to a shelter. So, we're running in ...
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PAUL: That was CNN's Wolf Blitzer forced to abandon his car and run to the nearest bomb shelter. What a reminder of the escalating violence between Israel and Gaza that we are seeing here.
BLACKWELL: More than 100 people have been killed in Gaza since Monday. As is for a continuous to ramp up air strikes against Hamas. And fueling fears, the region is edging toward all-out war, yesterday a rocket launched from Lebanon and landed in northern Israel. So far there have been no reports of damage of injuries from that attack.
PAUL: The Israeli military has already called on 30,000 reservists to help beef up security around Gaza, but we want to talk about this with CNN military analyst and Ret. Lieutenant General Mark Hertling. General, thank you so much for being with us. How likely is some sort of compromise or ceasefire?
LT. GEN. MARK HERTLING, (RET): I don't think it's very likely right now, Christi. It's an escalating situation. And this occurs if you look at the trend lines, this occurs every few years between Israel and Gaza and also with Hezbollah in the north. So, the two front war that Wolf mentioned yesterday with both the north and the western part of Israel is something that occurs on a daily basis. It's just gotten significantly harder right now.
BLACKWELL: Let's talk about the likelihood of another possibility. We know from the prime minister that these 40,000 troops have been called up and it's a possible that there would be a ground offensive, a ground incursion. What do you think? Is it just possible, is it probable or is it almost certain?
HERTLING: Well, I think it's very possible. It's certainly not certain, Victor. I think there's a lot more that the Israelis are looking to coordinate and hoping that Hamas will stop the rocket launches, the extensive rocket launchers that they've been doing for a very long time. Again, if you look at the trend lines, this is occurring all of the time in Israel, it's just been beefed up recently. And Israel has to deal with this. What Wolf dealt with yesterday, running for cover, that's a daily occurrence in Israel, having been there several times? But I think from the standpoint of a potential attack into Gaza, it's very likely. Because this is one of those kind of things where you have to get rid of not only the supplies of rockets and there's estimated tens of thousands of them, but also the means to launch them.
PAUL: OK. We're looking at some of the rocket ranges here, you know, 75 kilometers so we can see, you know, really how expansive this can get. Let's listen, though, to something Israel Defense Forces spokesman Peter Lerner said this week about Israel's military strategy and we'll talk on the other side of it here.
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PETER LERNER, ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES SPOKESMAN: We're trying to take out the rocket launching capabilities. We're trying to strike the command and control facilities of Hamas. This is a, I'd say, a clear design crafted mission. It's not something we're just doing out of a gut reflex.
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PAUL: Let me ask you, general, is this strategy working?
HERTLING: Well, it's not working extremely well, but I think you've seen in the past, Christi, that every time Israel counters the rocket launchers, there's a period after that where the Israeli civilians are living in much more secure condition. You mentioned the rocket ranges as well. This is something the Israeli military has watched for several years and it's continued to grow with the introduction of other types of missiles that have been sent, smuggled into Gaza from both Syria and Iraq. So, this is something that the Israeli military and the Israeli cabinet faces all of the time. And every once in a while they just have to ensure that the security of their people becomes more tangible. And unfortunately that takes destroying the systems that Hamas and in some cases Hezbollah uses.
BLACKWELL: Let's talk about that, general. You mentioned Hezbollah. We've got this rocket that came from Lebanon. What's the potential that Israel will have to fight in this iteration of the fighting there, both Hamas and Hezbollah at once?
HERTLING: I don't think that's very likely, Victor, because the rocket launch yesterday was a stray one. It was harassing fire, which is what the northern troops call that on the Lebanese border. They deal with it. It's not targeted fire. It's just rockets and in some cases mortars coming across the border. I don't think that will be the focus of any kind of Israeli action. I certainly think Gaza will be. That seems to be the more significant problem today.
BLACKWELL: All right. General Mark Hertling, thank you so much for offering your insight to us this morning.
HERTLING: Thank you, Victor.
PAUL: Thank you. Sure, thank you so much.
New developments in the murder case of the Georgia father whose toddler died in a hot car, including what's going to happen to the donations that were raised for that family. We're talking about over $20,000.
PAUL: Forty minutes past the hour right now. So glad to have you with us this morning. I want to tell about Tracy Morgan. He is suing Wal-Mart over that late night crash in June that left him and three other seriously injured and killed one of his friends. Now, we know about the lawsuit. According to it, Wal-Mart should have known that its driver had been awake more than 24 hours. The driver fell asleep at the wheel just before the crash. And that driver has pled not guilty to death by auto charges. Morgan is now recovering in a rehabilitation facility.
PAUL: You know who that is, the Ramones and fans of this influential punk rock band are pretty sad this morning. Because its last surviving member, Tommy Ramone has died at his home in New York. He was 65 years old. He's been suffering apparently from bile duct cancer. Now the Ramones came out of New York underground in the 1970s and Tommy once said he just - the band wanted to quote "Bring back something that was missing in rock music and say something new and different. Again, Tommy Ramone is dead at the age of 65 today.
BLACKWELL: Well, as more disturbing details are being revealed about the father of the Georgia toddler who died in a hot car, PayPal says it will refund all of the money donated through its site to an online fundraiser for the family, whether people have requested one or not. And the host site that people went to they're taking that campaign down. More than $22,000 have been pledged. Most of the people, they probably want their money back now that authorities have revealed why they charged this father with felony murder in the death of his son Cooper. Police say he led a double life online. Take a look at what I found.
BLACKWELL: What are believed to be the words of Justin Ross Harris written one year ago online are now taking on new relevance as Harris is charged with killing his son. "Killing a person in the sense of abortion is selfish and malicious with the intent of only satisfying your own personal agenda." They are on the social media site Reddit where Cobb County detectives say Harris read suspicious topic pages, also known as sub-Reddits.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He visited several sites and the sub-Reddits, it was people who die. He went to a sub-Reddit that was called childfree. He did - also did a search on how to survive prison.
BLACKWELL: Hundreds of comments spanning three years under the screen name Rosco UA. The most recent posted just hours before Harris's arrest. Rosco UA offered a Reddit user advice on how to avoid arrest in the context of DUI. The post marked three months ago reads, "Refuse to answer any questions and ask if you're being detained. If not, leave." He goes on. "Everything a police officer does during a possible DUI traffic stop means he's trying to build evidence against you. You should do everything in you power to prevent this." There are posts about gratitude, one year ago about a new life in Georgia. "I am now in my dream job, have a beautiful six-month-old son, and love going to work every day. I couldn't be happier." Also, posts about difficulties. Like the surprising challenge suggested during Harris's probable cause here and defense attorney Maddox Kilgore will almost certainly revisit it during any trial.
MADDOX KILGORE, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Would you be surprised to know that Ross is completely deaf in his right ear, did you know that?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I did not know that. BLACKWELL: Rosco UA explains, "I had a bottle rocket explode in my
ear that was shot by a friend. It caused me to have vertigo, terrible balance and facial paralysis for a long time. Thankfully, after two surgeries I have no outward issues, I'm just deaf in my right ear." Potential evidence investigators are scouring to better understand this father charged with killing his only child.
BLACKWELL: And another post on that website Reddit that investigators might be interested in. This was after a story that was broadcast in Atlanta about a biker being robbed. And he says this about the biker and that story, "The only reason I hold true to the biker's actions is the number of witnesses that stayed around to corroborate the story to police." And, of course, Christi we know that there are people who were in that parking lot when Ross Harris pulled in who say that all of the what have I done, what have I done, all of those dramatics were a put on. The question will be, did he learn a lesson from the biker story that you need to be in a crowd to get those witnesses to corroborate the story?
PAUL: It's not going to end anytime soon, because there' - it seems like there's still so much coming out.
BLACKWELL: Every day.
PAUL: So much police have - that they have not yet released. So, obviously we'll stay on it for you.
Also staying on this story about immigration that has so many people reeling. Immigrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally. For that the Rio Grande often is not the first national border that they have to cross. We're going to take you to Guatemala and the dangers that many immigrants there face on their journey north.
BLACKWELL: Plus, millions of people will be watching tomorrow. There's the music.
Germany, Argentina, World Cup final. Coming up, former Manchester United goalkeeper Gary Bailey joins us live to talk about what it's like to play when the pressures is on.
PAUL: Well, the U.S. border with Mexico may be the final hurdle for undocumented immigrants including tens of thousands of children, but it's often not the first.
BLACKWELL: National correspondent Gary Tuchman traveled to the border between Mexico and Guatemala where the perilous journey can get off to a deceptively easy start.
GARY TUCHMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Many people legally cross between Guatemala and Mexico. This is the Guatemalan side. The other side of this bridge is the nation of Mexico, the Mexican state of Chiapas. But most people do not have documentation to go from one country to the other, including the people eventually who want to end up in the United States. So, what they do, is something you will not see between the United States of Mexico and the United States of Canada, for that matter. Not miles away, not hours away, right next to the legal border crossing here are people who are walking across this river to get from Guatemala to Mexico. They walk, they swim, they also take rafts to illegally cross. And what's amazing is no one at this border station, either the Mexican officials or the Guatemalan officials seem to mind, and just let them cross. It happens all day. So we are going to give you a look. We're going to go under this bridge to the raft area and show you what happens.
Right under where you can legally cross, this is where you illegally cross, right under this border station. This is the raft, the wood. We paid our ten quetzals, which is the equivalent of $1.30. We're going to go along on this raging rafting trip.
(speaking Spanish) Hello. Can I go with you? (speaking Spanish) .
What you should know is these people, they tell us they are not planning to go to the United States. They just want to go to Mexico. We ready? OK. Everyone here is quiet. Now, you got to duck your head so you don't get decapitated by the rope. And now we've crossed the international boundary and we're in the nation of Mexico. What happens when people get here, eventually they want to get to the United States, this is standard. They climb on these rocks and their trails and their path up there, there are also shelters there. So many people who want to begin their voyage to the United States, will stay in the shelter while they figure how they want to get there. This is the easy part. People are very friendly, it costs almost nothing. But to get to the United States border could take weeks if they're successful. In many cases they're not successful. But this for many people is the beginning of the journey.
This is the trail that Guatemalans, Hondurans, Salvadorians first see when they step foot into Mexico from the river. It's rocky, jungle like, steep at spots. We should tell you that the people who are in our boat, it's not clear where they were going. No one wanted to tell us they were going to the United States. Some swore they were just staying here in Mexico, but you really never know because once you get into Mexico, that's when the serious business begins, that's when you've got to look for shelter, look for help to get into the United States. You can see it's watery, of old people, of young people navigating this. Trying to make their way into town near. This is the town of Talisman, Mexico. By the way they used to over the river have zip lines. The zip lines, like you would see in recreational places. The zip lines were taken down by the Mexican government, not because it's illegal to cross, but it wasn't safe. People were getting hurt sometimes, killed when the zip lines collapsed. And once people get up this trail and get into the little town, they figure out how to get to the shelters to continue their journey towards the U.S. border.
So these vans go directly to Tapachula, that's the town 20 minutes from here where there are shelters for migrants, where they can get advice, and food and health care. And you could see the people on the bus here ...
(speaking Spanish). Hello.
(speaking Spanish) Tapachula?
They're all going to Tapachula.
(speaking Spanish) United States. Si? Bono Suete. Bono suete, senior.
He says he's going to the United States. Anyone else? (speaking Spanish). Look, the bus is leaving. If they are going to the United States, they might always want to tell us. (speaking Spanish) Close the door. (speaking Spanish)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (speaking Spanish)
TUCKMAN: But the door is reopened. More people journeying north. Gary Tuchman, CNN, Talleesman (ph), Mexico.
PAUL: I couldn't help but look at the trails and think of those little children who are navigating that.
BLACKWELL: Yeah, some as young as eight years old who are on their own sent by their parents, just make your way.
PAUL: All right. We'll obviously continue to talk about this this morning, but we also have to focus on soccer.
PAUL: It is that time. And you know, this is the last weekend we're going to get to enjoy this music.
BLACKWELL: We should just keep this for like breaks or something.
PAUL: Germany and Argentina facing off in the World Cup final tomorrow. Coming up, we're talking to legendary goal keeper Gary Bailey who shares his tips for playing under pressure. And this goes beyond the fields. This is in life, folks, we're all going to learn something.
BLACKWELL: A month now of World Cup drama action and heartbreak comes to one matchup. Tomorrow millions will watch Germany face Argentina. And a class to win the biggest single event in sporting in the entire world. According to FIFA, nearly a third of the planet, think of that, a third of the planet, at least will watch some portion of these World Cup matches, at least back in 2010. And more than a billion people saw the last final match.
PAUL: Can you imagine really the pressure on the players?
BLACKWELL: No, I cannot. With all those people watching? No, I cannot.
PAUL: Not even the people watching, but just the pressure to win, the pressure for, you know, their team, for their country, that whole thing. I just can't imagine what it's like to prepare for that. So, we have to ask a professional about that.
BLACKWELL: Yes. We're joined now by someone who knows what it's like to play when the world is watching. The legendary former goal keeper from Manchester United Gary Bailey.
Good to have you with us.
GARY BAILEY, FMR. GOAL KEEPER, MANCHESTER UNITED: Very excited for tomorrow's game.
BAILEY: You are right. It's massive, massive pressure. It's not your normal soccer match. I'd played for Man United for a while, I'd played in FIFA Cup finals. That's the sort of stuff you get to handle. You play 60 times a year. You're used to it. This is a once every four years, you're representing your country. Even the seasoned professionals are sitting there today thinking tomorrow is a big game. I hope I don't mess up. I hope I don't let the country down.
It is just huge, huge pressure.
PAUL: So, how do you psychologically get ready for that?
BAILEY: It's not easy. There's a number of sort of steps about it. I've got a program that I use when I teach businesses, stuff I've learned from the spot myself having played in Cup finals knowing what it's like and the very first tip for me is always gratitude. It's a gratitude to be playing. . It's a gratitude to be on the park. These players for Germany and Argentina, Germany in particular. McElroy (ph) got injured in the final warm up game, he didn't even get here. So if you've got the chance to walk out on the biggest stage in the world, what an opportunity, what a day. You've got to get the gratitude there. Because you're going to have negative feelings, you are going to have concerns. You want that to be swept out of the way. And gratitude - all the research has shown is a wonderful -- it reduces stress, it makes you positive and you want to be in the zone. You want to be focusing on your skills. That would be the first tip. Reframing, which is important for goal keepers. Because as goal keepers, we make a mistake, you can lose a World Cup final. It happened to all of the Germany in 2002 against Brazil. Great goal keeper dropped the ball, they lost the match. So, when you reframe it, you look at it and you think, well, if something goes wrong, you know what? I'm still playing in one of the greatest games in the world. You've got to find a slightly positive angle to it. So, those are the first two things I would start with.
BLACKWELL: Can you give us an idea, and I'm asking figuratively and literally, how do you focus with all the noise, not just the noise in the stadium, because that can be deafening, but the noise in life? How do you focus? BAILEY: You just get used to it. Something you do. I mean these players play with this Germany-Argentina - the greatest players in the world. They are both to learn here. They're under that pressure all the time. So, they're used to the noise, they are used to these situations. What they're not used to is representing their country in a World Cup final. It's only once every four years. The majority of these players, if not all of them, will never get another chance either because they're too old or the chances of either these two teams making the next World Cup is pretty small. You think last time around, it was Holland-Spain, this time it's Argentina, Germany. This is their one chance for their country to become amongst the greatest.
And especially for Messi. He wants to be the greatest. He has to win the World Cup.
PAUL: You talk about your speaking for businesses. What is one tidbit that you can give all of us, you know, in general in life itself about reaching our goals?
BAILEY: Would it be the first two things that we've got I shouldn't reframe it. The energy, which I think is so important for business. In sport, we always watch what we eat. We're very healthy eaters, we are training all of time. I don't see that enough in business. And it's about being energetic, it's about having energy to get through the day. So, your food an exercise is crucial. Adapting is very important. It's the one thing we saw Brazil not do in the semifinals.
BAILEY: And instead of adapting to the circumstances, they got absolutely obliterated. So, adapting.
And the final thing is, team, we us, not me and I, it's us we. That's what you need.
PAUL: Amen to that.
Gary Bailey, it has been so fun to have you here.
BLACKWELL: A pleasure.
I've got actually one more question.
BLACKWELL: One country, Germany or Argentina.
BAILEY: Anything can happen, but you've got to favor Germany. They're such a great team. As the team, they are the best. I think they might just sneak on the day.
BLACKWELL: All right. We've got Gary Bailey's choice, Germany. Thank you so much.
PAUL: Thanks, Gary.
BAILEY: Thank you, Victor. Thank you, Christi.