Senate Galleries Cleared to Chant of “Yes We Can!” as Immigration Bill...

Senate Galleries Cleared to Chant of “Yes We Can!” as Immigration Bill Passes

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The U.S. Senate passed an immigration reform bill by a vote of 68 to 32.  The legislation creates a path to citizenship for over 12 million immigrants currently in the U.S. 

The Senate’s effort ends a month-long debate.  Vice President Joe Biden was present for the historic vote.  All onlookers were escorted out of the Senate visitor’s galleries by the U.S. Capitol Police after a loud celebratory change of “yes we can” was heard from the gallery.

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  1. The gallery wasn’t cleared as a result of the demonstration. The Senate Sergeant-at-Arms had already planned to clear the gallery by sections after the vote to avoid a stampede. I happened to have been there – the chanting was brief, widely disapproved of, and only coincidental with gallery emptying.

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