Sen. Bennet urges House action on immigration bill

DENVER - Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet is urging the U.S. House to take up legislation to reform the U.S. immigration system this year despite the recent paralysis in Washington.

The Democrat is one of eight U.S. senators who crafted a bill to create a lengthy path to citizenship for those who entered the country illegally and to strengthen security along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Bennet told the Inter American Press Association in Denver on Sunday that he is confident the House and Senate could reach a compromise this year on immigration reform -- despite the partisan paralysis shown in the recent government shutdown.

He urged the reform movement's backers -- ranging from chambers of commerce to farmers and unions -- to keep pushing for a final package.