In a meeting with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporters and editors Thursday, the presidents of the American Farm Bureau Federation and Georgia Farm Bureau confirmed they back the legislation and are part of a national campaign to build support for it in Congress.
Also Thursday, a coalition of religious leaders called the Evangelical Immigration Table announced a $250,000 media ad campaign in support of a bipartisan immigration overhaul. One of the radio ads featuring Cynthia Hale, senior pastor at Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, was scheduled to begin airing in Georgia this week.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Tea Party dismissed the legislation as an "amnesty bill" and called on supporters to urge Georgia's two senators to vote against it.
Spokesmen for U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss said they won't take a position until after they have reviewed the 844-page bill, which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. It is expected to come to the Senate floor for a vote perhaps as soon as next week. Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers is crafting its own immigration bill.