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CAPITOL HILL - It's getting emotional on Capitol Hill, where senators have voted to build more fence and vehicle barriers along hundreds of miles of the U-S border with Mexico. Senator Jeff Sessions argued for the new walls, saying "Good fences make good neighbors." The Alabama senator says the barriers also "signal that open-border days are over."

As they craft an immigration bill, senators also voted in favor of a plan to give a chance at citizenship to the millions of illegal immigrants already here. That came amid renewed debate over whether that amounted to "amnesty." Republican Chuck Hagel said it's "nonsense" to refer to it that way. But in a concession to conservatives, the Senate unanimously agreed that any immigrant convicted of a felony or multiple misdemeanors will be denied a chance for citizenship.

Thousands of demonstrators are just a few blocks away, hoping Congress will hear their demands for immigrant rights.

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