SAN ANTONIO -

Congressman Joaquin Castro hosted a town hall meeting Thursday night for residents on the West Side. The meeting was held at Memorial High School auditorium.

It was a way to inform his constituents about what he is doing on Capitol Hill and an opportunity for them to share what is on their mind here at home.

Congressman Castro touched on a variety of issues including immigration reform and health care benefits. He also spoke about the debt problems that face our nation.

"Republicans and Democrats have to work together to make sure we address the nations deficit and debt issues, because when you come to an impasse, people threaten to shut down the government," said Castro. "I think for the nation it is causing a form of high blood pressure and we need to do better than that."

Castro added he is proud his office has recovered about $500,000 in VA and Social Security benefits since the beginning of the year.