Toomey addresses veterans services, immigration reform

Toomey addresses veterans services, immigration reform

READING, Pa. - United States veterans may soon have easier access to services, thanks to suggestions from veterans in Berks County.

Republican Senator Pat Toomey stopped in downtown Reading to give an update on the status of the "Service Members Transition Improvement Act."

It will make sure troops returning from overseas know about the services available to them. The legislation was introduced last year.

Toomey met with veterans Thursday morning and got more suggestions that could lead to future legislative proposals.

Toomey also said the U.S needs to send a message to parents sending unaccompanied children to the country.

The border patrol has apprehended more than 52,000 immigrant children since October. Toomey said some estimates say the number could reach 100,000.

"This is a humanitarian crisis," Toomey said. "It's a risk for the United States because we don't know who these people are. It's not all kids and some of the older folks can be dangerous. So what we've gotta do is send a clear message to the Central American countries that this is not a ticket to America."

On Tuesday, President Obama said he'd take executive action on immigration reform. Toomey said that worries him.

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