Former Representative John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) has stepped into the debate in Washington over immigration reform as a lobbyist at Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
Shadegg, a Steptoe partner, has registered to lobby for the Center for Opportunity, Protection and Fairness, a conservative Denver-based group advocating for immigration reform, according to a lobbying registration report filed with Congress on Wednesday.
The paperwork doesn't elaborate on the objectives of Shadegg's advocacy efforts. But Redcardpermit.com, a website affiliated with the organization, promotes a guest-worker program expansion that doesn't include a pathway to citizenship.
The Center for Opportunity, Protection and Fairness hasn't had a federal lobbyist before, according to congressional records. The group's chairwoman is philanthropist Helen Krieble, who also is the founder and president of The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation, a conservative public policy organization.
Krieble said this month that the immigration bill Congress is debating has "major flaws." She said the measure inadequately addresses the future flow of foreign workers and doesn't help those workers in the United States illegally who don't want citizenship.
"If we believe in freedom and opportunity, the current immigration bill is the antithesis," she said in a column published July 1 for Human Events.