The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) will hold its annual "Hold Their Feet To The Fire" event on April 17 and 18 in an effort to derail immigration reform and stop the passage of a recently-introduced comprehensive immigration reform bill.
The event -- which will host more than 60 talk radio hosts -- will allow the hosts to broadcast live and urge listeners to push lawmakers to oppose immigration reform.
Last year's event played host to many anti-immigrant radio commentators, including several who have announced that they will attend again this year. These hosts have used their platforms to attack immigrants for bringing diseases to America, committing a disproportionate amount of crime, and illegally voting in U.S. elections, and one host even called for the hanging of undocumented immigrants who commit crimes in the U.S. and sending their bodies back to their home countries:
Boston radio host Howie Carr trumpeted a caller's voicemail that discussed shooting an "illegal alien" with an "illegal gun" Friday, after Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick cautioned against blaming "illegal immigration" for a fatal automobile accident involving an alleged drunk driver.
From the "Chump Line" segment where Carr comments on listeners' voicemails:
VOICEMAIL: Hey, hey Deval, I didn't shoot that illegal alien, my illegal gun did. Technically, is that illegal, to shoot an illegal, with an illegal?
HOWIE CARR: You see how you can tie yourself in knots when you begin to say one law is going to be enforced but another law is not going to be enforced.
(h/t Kyle de Beausset)
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