Immigration, the environment, energy and infrastructure topped the list of what came up at Tuesday’s town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning.
Reed entered the Middlesex Hose Company fire hall to a warm reception from a number of those who turned out for the event, which had been rescheduled from Monday due to Reed staying in Washington for a vote on ending the government shutdown.
Immigration, a key issue that caused the partial three-day shutdown over political infighting, came up early in the one-hour town hall. A man who identified himself as a physician expressed the need for more skilled workers and people going into the field of medicine, positions that young adults known as “dreamers” could help fill.
Reed said he believes Congress can agree on border security and a long-term solution for “dreamers” — young people who were brought illegally into the country as children. “We have an appetite to tie those two together,” he said.