50 Talk Radio Hosts to Gather in Washington for National "Town Hall" on Immigration
WASHINGTON, March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) announces April 6 and 7 as the dates for Hold Their Feet to the Fire 2011. Fifty talk radio hosts from all across the United States, led by Roger Hedgecock of Radio America Networks, are scheduled to participate in Hold Their Feet to the Fire 2011, making it the largest immigration "town hall" of the airwaves to date. This year's event marks the fifth time FAIR has organized and hosted a live radio row devoted to the discussion of immigration policy.
The fifty broadcasters will spend two days interviewing members of Congress, immigration reform experts, and law enforcement personnel. In addition to the broadcast component, dozens of activists from across the country will be in Washington to meet their elected representatives to urge them to enact immigration reforms that protect and serve the interests of the American people.
Among the key issues to be discussed by participants at Hold Their Feet to the Fire 2011 are:
- The need to enact mandatory use of E-Verify by all U.S. employers to protect American workers from losing jobs to illegal aliens.
- The refusal of the Obama administration to effectively enforce existing immigration laws.
- The mounting costs of illegal immigration at the federal and local level.
- Public opposition to all amnesty or legalization proposals for illegal aliens.
- The need to reduce overall levels of immigration to the United States.
"The Obama administration has stifled local and state efforts to enforce immigration laws, dismantled interior enforcement, and continues to push an amnesty agenda using backdoor methods," stated Bob Dane, Communications Director of FAIR and Event Manager for Hold Their Feet 2011. "Americans want their jobs protected, national security strengthened and the rule of law upheld. Responsive politicians respect and listen to the electronic town hall of talk radio and Hold Their Feet to the Fire is a yearly bellwether of public sentiment on the immigration issue."
"This year, with the largest gathering ever of talk radio hosts, the goal is not just to stop bad immigration legislation in its tracks, but to advance positive reforms that relieve many of the burdens that mass immigration – legal and illegal – imposes on the American people," Dane said.