WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following release is issued by Take Back Washington:
Date: Wed. Sept. 21, 2011
Time: 3 –3:30 pm EDT
Place: Via telephone (712) 432-3900 Event code: 342212#
Event: Telephone news conference to reaffirm opposition to E-Verify in HR 2885, comment on today's mark-up of bill in House Judiciary Cmte, and announce future action.
Michael Ostrolenk, Liberty Coalition
Donna Weisner Keene, TheTeaParty.net
Andrew Langer, The Institute for Liberty
Bruce Fein, American Freedom Agenda
Jim Babka, Downsize DC
Judson Phillips, Tea Party Nation
Representatives of almost 30 conservative, Tea Party and limited government groups, representing millions, will affirm their opposition to the bill that would make E-Verify mandatory for all workers and businesses, according to Kathryn Serkes of Take Back Washington. Last week, the group launched a media campaign and sent a letter to Congress outlining their concerns.
"Many of us are taking some heat for our action, but we stand by it because in no way does it compromise our position against illegal immigration, " said Kathryn Serkes of Take Back Washington. "This is a great opportunity to discuss the negative unintended consequences of well-intentioned actions out of Congress."
The headline in the first paid ad – a full-page in Washington's "Politico" - read:
"Punishing businesses and telling citizens they can't work
is no way to stop illegal immigration…
OR fix the economy
"So why is Congress even thinking about passing
H.R. 2885, the 'Legal' Workforce Act &
universal, mandatory E-Verify?"
Since last week, the coalition has added groups representing at least another 350,000 members across the country. Included in the 29 signatories to the letter and ad are some big names in conservative and Tea Party circles, such as: Tea Party Nation, American Grassroots Coalition, Institute for Liberty, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Rutherford Institute, Gun Owners of America, Taxpayer Protection Alliance, Constitution Alliance, Republican Liberty Caucus, American Freedom Agenda and TheTeaParty.net.
In coming weeks, the group will launch radio ads in targeted Congressional districts, and will hold a national tele-town meeting on immigration.
NOTE: Full text of the letter to Congress is posted at http://www.takebackwashington.org/
Kathryn Serkes, Take Back Washington (206) 841-0100
SOURCE Take Back Washington