Thursday, June 27, 2013

Immigrants shed tears, hug children as they watch historic immigration vote

The immigration bill has passed the Senate, it will be interesting and probably painful to watch the House work on it.    - - Donna Poisl

By Alvaro Ortiz

The familiar rallying cry of "si se puede" (yes we can) rang out as a dozen people gathered for a watching party in Houston Thursday afternoon for the U.S. Senate's passage of sweeping immigration reform legislation.

They were watching the 68 to 32 vote live at the Houston offices of FIEL (Familias Inmigrantes y Estudiantes en la Lucha which means Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle).

Some in attendance cried; others hugged their children, excited by the prospects of a bill offering a path to citizenship to 11 million immigrants who came to this country illegally.

One of those people is 53-year-old Gerardo Tobar who arrived in the U.S. from Monclova, Coahuila-Mexico. He's been living here since 1993.
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