Historic Day at Mount Rushmore & in Washington DC for Immigrants
The U.S. Senate has passed a historic immigration bill. The vote on the bipartisan measure -- crafted by a group of lawmakers known as the Gang of Eight, was 68-32. It now goes to the House.
The legislation offers the hope of American citizenship to millions, while promising a military-style surge to secure the border.
The vote was far more than the majority needed to send the measure to the House. Prospects there are not nearly as good and many conservatives are opposed.
Vice President Joe Biden presided, and senators cast their votes from their desks, both steps reserved for momentous votes. The bill, a priority for President Barack Obama, would amount to the most sweeping changes in decades to the nation's immigration laws.
On this same day. nearly 160 people from around the world packed the Mount Rushmore Amphitheater to officially become a U.S. citizen. In an annual naturalization ceremony at the Shrine of Democracy Thursday was not only a significant day in the lives of those becoming an American citizen at Mount Rushmore, but a significant day in U.S. Congress.
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