BOSTON — Two security guards kept order in the gallery of the state Senate, located on the fourth floor of the State House. Clapping, photographing, and recording videos were prohibited.
In the chamber, senators presented arguments for and against allowing driver’s licenses for undocumented people — something so ordinary for most people, but very elusive for immigrants.
While legislators were debating the bill indoors, they could hear the shouting and singing of demonstrators outside in the street.
One of the emotional moments of the session came, when state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz changed the language of the debate and addressed the Latino community in perfect Spanish: “You have given your time, energy, sweat, and tears to this project. You have contributed to our economy and our communities for many years.
“Work, leadership, and struggle have transmitted us to this historic moment,” said the senator.
After those words, there was an attempt to applaud, and the guards’ stares stifled the effort. However, after learning the results of the Senate’s vote (35-8 in favor), no one could contain the joy and celebrations that broke out, along with hugs, tears, and dancing.
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