60 TALK RA­DIO HEAVY­WEIGHTS TAKE ON IM­MI­GRA­TION

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

It could get noisy. Begin­ning Wed­nes­day, more than 60 talk ra­dio hosts from around the coun­try will con­verge on the na­tion’s cap­i­tal for the 11th an­nual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire,” a broad­cast event spon­sored by the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Im­mi­gra­tion Re­form — or FAIR for short.

The hosts in­clude

Lars Lar­son, Frank Gaffney, Phil Valen­tine, Mike Siegel, Wayne Dupree, Bruce El­liott, Arm­strong Wil­liams, Larry O’Connor, Tom Shattuck, Joyce Kauf­man and Rick Ha­mada — who jour­neyed all the way from Hawaii to ap­pear. Ev­ery one of the hosts will be broad­cast­ing live from a tem­po­rary “ra­dio row” site just blocks from the U.S. Capi­tol, their shows aired through na­tion­wide syn­di­ca­tion or from their home sta­tions. Michelle Malkin is among the jour­nal­ists who will cover the big do­ings.

Guests in­clude law­mak­ers, ad­min­is­tra­tion and law en­force­ment of­fi­cials, pol­icy ex­perts and “peo­ple whose lives have been for­ever changed by our failed and dan­ger­ous im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies,” or­ga­niz­ers say. Bor­der se­cu­rity, vet­ting pro­to­cols, E-Ver­ify and sanc­tu­ary poli­cies will all be scru­ti­nized by the hosts and their guests.

The South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter is not happy with the event, not­ing that “em­bold­ened FAIR will flood the talk ra­dio air­waves” dur­ing the two-day event.

“The na­tivist cli­mate in the U.S. is at a fever pitch fol­low­ing an 18-month pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and six months of na­tivist po­lices be­ing en­acted by ex­ec­u­tive de­cree. FAIR’s vic­tory lap later this week will only add to the ca­coph­ony,” the group noted in a state­ment Tues­day, re­fer­ring to the host or­ga­ni­za­tion as an “an­ti­im­mi­grant hate group.”

LARS LAR­SON

Ra­dio host Lars Lar­son (right) in­ter­views then-Sen. Jeff Ses­sions at the 2016 “Hold Their Feet to the Fire,” which re­turns to D.C. Wed­nes­day.

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