Greg Casar

Gregorio Casar was elected to Austin City Council in 2014 and re-elected two years later.
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Gregorio “Greg” Casar was born in Houston, the son of Mexican immigrants. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2011 with a degree in politics. He served for four years as policy director for the Workers Defense Project, where he fought for better job-site working conditions and higher wages.

Casar was first elected to represent District 4 in December 2014, becoming the Austin City Council’s youngest-ever member at the age of 25. He was re-elected in November 2016. Casar’s priorities include social equity, civil rights, shared prosperity, housing affordability and public safety.

Casar is an active member of the Austin’s Economic Opportunity Committee, Austin’s Development Committee and Public Safety Committee.

Since taking office, Casar has sponsored and passed major housing initiatives aimed at keeping working- and middle-class people in Austin. Casar also authored an initiative called Fair Chance Hiring, which ensures job applicants are judged solely on merit and not conviction history. He has initiated policies to raise the minimum wage for both city employees and private-sector workers on city contracts.

During the 2017 Texas legislative session, Casar was outspoken about his opposition to Senate Bill 4, the state’s so-called anti-sanctuary cities bill. During a sit-in to protest SB 4 he was even arrested and charged with trespassing.

In September 2017 he helped launch a campaign requiring all employers in the city to provide paid sick leave to their workers.

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From Texas Standard.

The Austin City Council will vote this Thursday on a package of proposals designed to make the capital city Texas’ first “freedom city.”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Internal emails between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials show that Austin-area immigration officials tried to highlight the most “egregious” cases of suspected undocumented immigrants picked up during two days of immigration raids in February. 

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The Trump administration said today it plans to phase out the Obama-era program that protects from deportation people who were brought to the United States illegally as children.

But in an announcement this morning, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Congress could officially authorize the program known as DACA before it expires in March.

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Austin City Council has voted to sue the state of Texas over a law that blocks the city from enforcing an anti-discrimination housing ordinance.

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The Austin City Council on Thursday decided to do away with the city’s 27-year-old daytime curfew for juveniles, but extended the city’s nighttime curfew for people under 17 until Oct. 1.