Foes of illegal immigration are in Washington this week to continue a fourteen-year tradition of lobbying Congress for tighter immigration control, and this year they're crediting Joe Wilson for putting their cause in the context of health care reform. About 200 people participating in this year's Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR) effort, the largest in the group's history, roamed the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington in between lobbying trips to Capitol Hill, taking photos with radio personalities and CNN's Lou Dobbs.
Dobbs said Wilson deserves "great credit" for reinvigorating the anti-immigration effort in the midst of the contentious battle over health care reform, an effort that could have a significant impact on illegal immigration. Activists attending the FAIR lobbying event, known as Hold Their Feet to the Fire, said they hope the national attention on immigration reform will lead to a major battle in 2010 -- the third over illegal immigration in five years.
Illegal Immigration Foes See Opportunity After Wilson's Outburst