Listen Online to FAIR’s Talk Radio Event

Hold Their Feet to the Fire 2014This morning, FAIR kicked off the 8th annual Hold Their Feet to the Fire radio row from Capitol Hill. Around 50 talk radio hosts from throughout the country are in town urging Congress to support true immigration reform on April 9-10.

Want to listen to the broadcasts and participate in the 8th annual Hold Their Feet to the Fire? Here’s how to listen online to several of the participating radio hosts.

The Jon Justice Show: 6-10 a.m. MDT

Jon is from KQTH in Tucson, Ariz. He’s live in the mornings from 6-10 a.m. MDT/3-7 a.m. EDT. Jon will also be broadcasting his show from Capitol Hill on Friday morning.
Listen live on KQTH’s website.
Visit Jon’s website

The Cindy Graves Show: Noon-2 p.m. EDT

Cindy is from AM600 WBOB in Jacksonville, Fla. Her show airs weekdays from noon-2 p.m.

Listen live on WBOB’s website.
Visit her website

Joyce Kaufman: Noon-3 p.m. EDT

Joyce is from WFTL from West Palm Beach, Fla. and broadcasts from noon – 3 p.m. EDT.

Listen online via WFTL’s website
Visit Joyce’s website

The Lars Larson Show: 3-6 p.m. PST

Lars is from FM News 101 KXL in Portland, Ore. He broadcasts a show in the Northwest from Noon-3 p.m. PST and is syndicated nationally from 3-6 p.m. PST/Noon-3 p.m. EDT.

How to listen:
Tune in on
Listen live on iHeartRadio
Find a radio station near you syndicating the Lars Larson Show.
Hear a recording of Lars’ show on Soundcloud.

Chris Baker: 2-6 p.m. CDT

Chris is from Newsradio 1110 KFAB in Omaha, Neb. He broadcasts during each work day from  2-6 p.m. CDT/1-5 p.m. EDT

Listen live on iHeartRadio
Visit Chris’ website

The Phil Valentine Show: 3-7 p.m. CDT

Phil is from Super Talk 99.7 WTN in Nashville, Tenn. And is syndicated nationally through Cumulus Radio Networks.  His show airs from 3-7 p.m. CDT/2-6 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday.

How to listen:
Listen live on iHeartRadio
Find an affiliate station near you
Visit Phil’s website

Talk Radio Hosts Go to DC to Send a Wake Up Call on Immigration

Hold Their Feet to the Fire 2014Hold Their Feet to the Fire 2014, an annual radio row organized by FAIR may be one of this year’s best indicators for the future of immigration reform. The event occurs on April 9-10 on Capitol Hill and features the largest gathering ever of talk radio hosts gathered on a single issue.

Dozens of hosts from across the country will spend two days discussing immigration policy with listeners, lawmakers, law enforcement, immigration experts, activists and members of the media live from radio row while broadcasting their shows back to their home markets.

In a op-ed in February, Joyce Kaufman, talk radio host for WFTL in West Palm Beach, Fla. explained the goal of these radio hosts:

In short, do what the law says and what the public wants. It’s not too much to ask and we’ll be pressuring our lawmakers to do it while we’re in Washington.

Hear us, fear us, and join us. We’re talk radio – America’s Electronic Town Hall – and we’re proud of speaking the truth and holding our public officials accountable for the one basic thing we’ve elected them to do; serving our broad national interests.

The radio event occurs while the Department of Homeland Security reviews their deportation practices with a goal of expanding the categories of illegal aliens who will be exempted from removal. (See FAIR’s series on Administrative Amnesty.)

The national radio row will also coincide with – and attempt to blunt – a massive lobbying effort by special interests to resurrect S.744, the Gang of Eight amnesty bill. This occurs with an even more aggressive push by corporate interests to convince House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to enact legislation that grants them greater access to low-wage foreign labor, even as some 20 million of Americans are unemployed or underemployed.

Hold Their Feet to the Fire 2014 punctuates the increasing GOP divide over the immigration issue. Days after releasing a set of “immigration principles“ Boehner backpedaled due to public disapproval and announced that legislation is unlikely in 2014. The Wall Street Journal directly credited talk radio for that decision, a sentiment echoed by NPR:

The truth is, the wind had shifted; and it had taken only a weekend. Within hours of leadership bringing forth its principles on Jan. 30, they were being denounced by conservative activists, bloggers and radio talk shows. The central objection: the idea that those now in the country illegally should have a path, albeit a difficult one, to legal status.

However, Dan Stein, the president of FAIR, warns activists and talk radio that the threat isn’t over:

 But the moment the pressure is off, Boehner may proceed. Thus, our goal, and the goal of the hosts participating in Hold Their Feet to the Fire 2014, is to make sure that the House leadership continues to hear the voices of the American people and is reminded that it is their interests that our immigration laws are supposed to serve.

Boehner has already proven this warning to be true. Just 20 days after downplaying any Republican attempts to take up immigration this year, Boehner had a “healthy conversation“ with President Obama on the issue. Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary, corroborated Boehner’s report, “I can certainly confirm that immigration was one of the topics they discussed. I can certainly confirm that there is broad agreement that this is an issue that needs to be addressed.”

Since some House Republicans are currently working to sneak a form of amnesty through the National Defense Authorization Act, Hold Their Feet to the Fire 2014 comes at the perfect time to send another wake-up call to Congress.

New from the FAIR Archives – the Previously Unheard Audio of Dick Lamm’s Famous “My Secret Plan to Destroy America”

Gov. Dick Lamm

When I asked former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm, then Chairman of our National Board of Advisors, to be a commentator at our Advisors dinner in October 2003, little did I expect that his pithy, three minute talk would have such enduring fame.

I had asked the Governor and Otis Graham to be commentators on Victor Davis Hanson’s presentation on his then new book Mexifornia. Victor Davis Hanson and Otis Graham both gave wonderful presentations and both had much to recommend them. But over the years, Governor Lamm’s “My Secret Plan to Destroy America” has taken on a life of its own, and has achieved nearly legendary status at this point.

The reason? Proving once again the strength of brevity and organization, Dick Lamm has powerfully revealed the manner in which a short-sighted immigration policy can tear at the core fabric of the national civil framework. He does it in a brutally brief, but highly organized way.  The effect is powerful. Although he later expanded the written version that appears all over the Internet, until this week, few could enjoy the experience of the original audio of this presentation.

Mark Levin has released this audio from the FAIR archives, and you can enjoy hearing the original presentation from October 18, 2003.


House Democrats: We Wish You A Very Happy… Discharge Petition?

nancy_pelosi_cakeToday, on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) birthday, House Democrats filed a discharge petition on H.R. 15. There will be 74 candles on Nancy Pelosi’s birthday cake this year, but the number she’s really wishing for is 218 – the number of signers needed to pass the discharge petition.

H.R. 15 is the House Democrats’ mass amnesty bill which misguidedly cobbles together the disastrous S.744 (the Senate Gang of Eight’s bill) with Representatives Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Sheila Jackson Lee’s (D-Texas) weak attempt at a border security bill (H.R. 1417). H.R. 15 would grant mass amnesty to illegal aliens and couple it with little to no enforcement. A discharge petition, if it gathers 218 votes (a majority of the House), forces a bill onto the floor for a vote. (See FAIR’s legislative update for more information on what a discharge petition means.)

House Democrats have already used this unusual House procedural move to try to increase the minimum wage and to extend unemployment benefits. Both discharge petitions failed to meet the vote threshold necessary to pass. While President Obama was silent on these previous two discharge petitions, the H.R. 15 petition today quickly received a round of applause from the White House.

House Democrats shouldn’t cut Pelosi’s cake in celebration just yet. Don’t forget that just a few weeks ago Pelosi admitted on a radio show that the discharge petition would be a failure. She declared unequivocally, “We’ll never get to 218 on the discharge petition.” The three House Republicans who co-sponsored H.R. 15—David Valadao (R-Calif.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)— are refusing to sign this discharge petition, which would be seen as an affront to Speaker Boehner’s authority. Even amnesty supporters like the managing director of United We Dream, Cristina Jimenez, characterized the discharge petition effort as “gathering meaningless petition signatures.” Perhaps, instead of Nancy Pelosi’s birthday, they should have acted next Tuesday, on a more fitting day for the H.R. 15 discharge petition: April Fools’ Day.

Amnesty Advocates Go Global

mercatormapD.C. protests and a cross-country bus tour are just not enough for amnesty activists. They’re going global. Several open borders activists are trying to influence American politics from outside U.S. borders by begging for help from the United Nations and the Holy See.  These activists, who fail to generate support from Americans for amnesty (as seen in the recent NBC News-Wall Street Journal and Washington Post-ABC polls), are now going to foreign or international bodies to try to pressure U.S. lawmakers.

Last week, the National Guestworker Alliance, a pro-amnesty group, sent a letter to the United Nations, along with other amnesty supporters such as AFL-CIO, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Immigrant Legal Resource Center and National Immigration Law Center. They complained to this international body that U.S. actions “arresting, detaining, and removing” illegal aliens who complained about working conditions constitute “serious violations” of international law.  The National Guestworker Alliance seeks to gain for illegal aliens the “right to stay in the country and continue to work while pursuing a labor or human rights complaint.”

The United Nations isn’t the only pit stop for amnesty advocates. Several family members of illegal aliens are flying to the Vatican. A group of activists and children of illegal aliens are part of a delegation supported by a Los Angeles archbishop s to seek assistance from Pope Francis  in stopping illegal alien deportations.

U.S. lawmakers already encounter international pressure on the immigration issue.  Just this past weekend, Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny lobbied for amnesty directly to President Obama at the White House.  However, Irish illegal alien’s interests, which Kenny advocated for, are not the same as the American worker’s interests, which President Obama ought to represent.

In reality, the point of U.S. immigration policy should be to serve U.S. interests.  That’s why efforts to seek foreign help for pressure on this issue are inappropriate and severely misguided.