WASHINGTON — Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition is staging a “Road to Majority” conference this week, and today’s kickoff lunch included a star-heavy lineup of Republican senators: Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson.
Reed, one of the most prominent conservatives pushing for immigration reform, started the day by announcing that the 500 folks heading to Capitol Hill to lobby legislators after lunch would be talking about immigration, among other topics. Faith and Freedom’s immigration priorities include:
– A border security “enforcement trigger;”
– Getting nuclear families of legal immigrants to the front of the visa line;
– Allowing a possible path to citizenship to those who overstayed their visas but not those who crossed the border illegally;
– And getting rid of the country quota visa system in favor of one based on job skills and family ties.
The former Georgia GOP chair told the AJC that the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” bill does not live up to those principles — yet. “We don’t know what we’re going to do when it comes to final passage because we’re awaiting the outcome of these various amendments that Marco and [John] Cornyn and [Chuck] Grassley and others are going to offer,” he said, though he was not confident the Democratic majority would allow those amendments to prevail.