Austin Local News
Trump Launches Re-Election, Petition Pushes Back Against Homeless Shelter, Cop Fired
President Donald Trump has used his first official reelection speech to claim that a vote for Democrats in 2020 is a vote for what he's calling "radical socialism" and "the destruction of the American dream."
Thousands of people packed a Florida arena Tuesday night as Trump repeated familiar attacks on Hillary Clinton and cited a thriving economy and his judicial nominees.
He's saying little about the Democratic candidates seeking to challenge him or what he hopes to achieve in a second term.
The Trump administration is calling on illegal immigrants to turn themselves in, ahead of planned mass arrests.
Mark Morgan, acting director of Immigration and customs Enforcement, says they don't want to have to come knocking on people's doors. Morgan says if illegal immigrants come to ICE first, they'll be given 30 days to get their affairs in order.
The Austin City Council is up against growing pushback over a plan to purchase property for a new South Austin homeless shelter. More than 1300 people have signed a petition in opposition to the shelter.
South Austin resident Cleo Petricek started the petition. She says the area around 1112 W. Ben White is already a growing hub of homelessness, and despite promises from council member Ann Kitchen that a new shelter will not be near homes, Petricek says this new facility shows that city leaders are not being honest, nor listening to the wants of residents who may be impacted.
In order to save those programs, the city council is considering ending some of its economic agreements with major corporations. Mayor pro tem Delia Garza says those agreements should be cut before anything else.
Austin has major agreements with Apple, Samsung, and The Domain, all of which have combined to pump more than $4-billion into the economy and create thousands of jobs.
Chief Brian Manley says Jordan Wagstaff responded to the stalking call last year, and eventually began a romantic relationship while the case was still active.
Wagstaff claims he didn't realize that kind of relationship was against APD policy.