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8:51pm June 27, 2013

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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Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog that covers African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin and on WHUR in Washington, D.C., WURD in Philadelphia, and WVON in Chicago. Ms. Burke has enjoyed employment at USAToday.com and ABC News. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail anytime: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @Crewof42. Instagram: LVB325.




 
 

 
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2 Comments


  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.


  2. [...] get crowds chanting during his first presidential campaign in 2008. *****Update: According to Politics365, the gallery was cleared as a result of this demonstration. [...]



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