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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill discusses DACA and Government Shutdown in town hall

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Sen. Mccaskill speaks at a town hall at Harris Stowe University Saturday ( Credit: KMOV) Sen. Mccaskill speaks at a town hall at Harris Stowe University Saturday ( Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill hosted her first town hall of 2018 in St. Louis at Harris Stowe State University on Saturday morning. This is her 51st town hall since January 2017. 

Quite a few St. Louisans filled the seats of the Emerson Performance Center anxious to hear from the senator and get their questions answered.

"It was important for her to just be here in person," said Darlene Green, who attended the town hall, "To see what’s going on in Washington and how it relates to us locally here."

Most of the questions were focused on DACA and the future of young undocumented immigrants in the U.S., as well as the country's recovery from the Government shutdown. Senator McCaskill said she was happy to see President Donald Trump move forward towards citizenship for Dreamers.

However, she said she would not agree to what he wants in exchange for DACA to stay intact, which is the funding for a wall along the Mexico border. "I’ll be honest with you, I don’t think there is anyone in Washington who thinks there’s going to be a wall built from sea to shining sea," said McCaskill. 

Another focus of the town hall was the recent Government shutdown. Senator McCaskill said the shutdown ended because some members of congress took a stand by working across the aisle.

"I hope that the best thing that came out of this shutdown is we keep this group together. This group of bi-partisan senators that want to be practical and pragmatic," said McCaskill.

It's this kind of bi-partisan team work that she hopes will start happening more in Missouri after the next election.

"I’m hoping this year might be a turning point, where we begin going back to the middle in Jefferson City," said McCaskill. 

Senator McCaskill also addressed Prop P money by saying, "If they utilize that correctly, in terms of community policing, I think it could really make a difference."

On this same topic, she reacted to the newly appointed St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief.

"I think he’s going to be a great leader for the St. Louis Police Department," said McCaskill, "I think it was a very wise choice."

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