Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner plans to let go of 400 firefighters in order to fund a voter-mandated measure to give the fire department pay raises. Houston city officials plan to lay off 400 firefighters, or about 10 percent of the department's personnel, to fund pay raises that voters mandated in a November referendum. The administration of Mayor Sylvester Turner, a Democrat who opposed the raises, plans to mail layoff notices within a few weeks. Those who'll be out of work include 68 cadets whom the mayor declined to promote amid a hiring freeze. The raises required by Proposition B -- which was approved by 59 percent of voters -- would grant city firefighters the same pay as police officers of corresponding rank.
The mayor of Houston doesn't want people who need to be rescued fearing deportation after Hurricane Harvey pummeled his city. SEE ALSO: Houston's local businesses pitch in as Harvey's flooding wreaks havoc At a press conference Monday, Mayor Sylvester Turner made bold statements about deportation concerns amid relief and rescue efforts. In no uncertain terms, he assured his city that anyone who needs rescuing and support can call for help -- no matter their immigration status. He said worries about SB 4, derided as the "show me your papers" law, that's going into effect next month should be shelved. "If you're in a stressful situation and you need help, you call us for help.
JUDY WOODRUFF: In Houston today, the cleanup from Harvey continued. A number of large employers and universities began reopening, but many residents are just beginning to deal with damaged homes, the debris from flooding, and they are applying for assistance. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs up with the city's mayor, Sylvester Turner, as he was touring through one of those neighborhoods earlier today. MARCIA BIGGS, Special Correspondent: Mr. Mayor, thank you so much for joining us. MARCIA BIGGS: My first question is, we're 11 days out now.
Tropical storm Harvey has moved deeper into Texas, bringing heavy rain to the southern US state's coastline and killing at least two people. Throughout the region between Corpus Christi and Houston, many people fear that death toll is only the beginning. Harvey came ashore as the fiercest hurricane to hit the US in 13 years and the strongest to strike Texas since 1961's Hurricane Carla, the most powerful Texas hurricane on record. The Category 4 hurricane weakened to a tropical storm by Saturday afternoon and the National Hurricane Centre said it was likely to weaken to a tropical depression later on Sunday. The storm ripped off roofs, snapped trees, triggered tornadoes and flash floods and cut off power to nearly 230,000 people, mostly in the Houston area, on Saturday night.
In less than a week, the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons will play in the final game of the year, Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Houston mayor says protests won't hurt Super Bowl LI activities Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says demonstrations during Super Bowl week won't prevent fans from having a good time. Turner said Monday that demonstrations like the one Sunday outside Super Bowl headquarters with protesters opposing President Trump's travel restrictions from some Muslim countries are "about people exercising their constitutional right to voice their opinion." Calling Houston "the most diverse city in the country," Turner noted "we can do that and have good football at the same time." Turner stressed that security would not be an issue and that the city has worked for four years preparing to host the game for the first time since 2004.