Immigration big topic at Bonamici town hall

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, speaks at Sherwood High School on Monday, April 17, 2017 during a town hall. (KATU Photo)

Members of Congress are on Easter recess and are using the time to meet constituents.

On Monday night, voters in Oregon’s 1st Congressional District heard from their representative, Suzanne Bonamici.

“We desperately need comprehensive immigration reform,” she told the crowd at Sherwood High School.

Immigration was a big topic at the town hall.

But foremost on everyone’s minds was the new Trump administration and how his plans to shrink government might change their lives.

That included a woman who worried he would scrap student loan forgiveness for those in public service.

“Currently, the public student loan forgiveness program is scheduled to forgive the first public loans in the fall of 2017, the fall of this year – that’s after 10 years of public service. President Trump has suggested he’s either going to expand that length of public service to 15 years or he’s going to eliminate the program altogether,” said Dr. Genevieve Grady, a clinical psychologist.

Bonamici has another town hall scheduled in the coming weeks. It’s set for May 7 at 11 a.m. at Lincoln High School.

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