President Obama kicks off overnight trip in Austin

President Barack Obama walks down the stairs from Air Force One as he arrives in Austin, Texas at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Wednesday, July 9, 2014, after a stop in Dallas for a meeting on immigration and a fundraiser. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — President Barrack Obama arrived in the capital city Wednesday night after landing at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport shortly before 10 p.m.

The president spent his morning in Denver before hopping on board Air Force One to Dallas. He was greeted by Gov. Rick Perry at the airport and the two boarded Marine One to meet up with other leaders for a roundtable discussion concerning the humanitarian crisis on the Texas and Mexico border.

After Air Force One touched down at ABIA, Obama departed for a fundraiser at filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s home.

Tickets for the private event cost between $5,000 and $32,400 which is the highest donation someone is allowed to make.

The Hollywood Reporter is stating actors Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato, and Danny Trejo will make an appearance.

The publication reported that Rodriguez and the president met back in 2012 when the filmmaker spoke to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute about the need to make television networks diverse.

Rodriguez is the founder of the El Rey Network which is based out of Austin.

President Obama will then spend the night in Austin and go to another fundraiser Thursday morning at the home of Aimee Boone Cunningham.

She serves as the assistant secretary of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Tickets for that private event are $32,400.

All of the money raised goes to the Democratic National Committee which also supports the Texas Democratic Party.

“The DNC has a number of programs whether it’s in digital assistance or press assistance across the country and assisting races in the both congressional and on the senate side,” said Manny Garcia, Communication Director, Texas Democratic Party.

Following the President’s final fundraiser he will speak at the Paramount Theater Thursday at noon about the economy and jobs before boarding Air Force One and departing Austin by 2:30p.m.

In the meantime Capital Metro is alerting riders that several bus routes will be detoured in the downtown area along Red River, 8th, 11th, and 12th Streets during the President’s visit.

Those detours are scheduled to take place from midmorning Wednesday through Thursday afternoon.

Nine bus routes in all will be affected.

The agency also warns it could impact rail service. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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