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Reid chokes up before final passage

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) got emotional Thursday moments before the Senate passed immigration reform legislation.

Reid was telling the story of his father-in-law Israel Goldfarb, who was born in Russia, when he paused to hold back tears.

“Some may think he didn’t contribute much to our society, but he had one child: my wife,” Reid said before breaking into tears.  

Reid also remembered the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who led an effort to pass an immigration bill during President George W. Bush's administration.

“Sen. Kennedy knew the day would come when a group of senators divided by party, but united by love of country, would see this fight to the finish,” Reid said. “That day is today. And while I am sad that Sen. Kennedy isn’t here to see history made, I know he is looking down on us proudly.

“He’s not alone. My wife’s father, may he rest in peace, is here today in spirit.”

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