60 TALK RADIO HEAVYWEIGHTS TAKE ON IMMIGRATION
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.”
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.