After a string of successful radio shows on WNBC, WABC and WMCA in New York, Alan Colmes gained a reputation as a hard-hitting liberal known for his electric commentary on the American agenda. He has interviewed many key political and pop culture figures, including President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, Lynn Cheney, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senators�John Kerry and John McCain, Newt Gingrich, Deepak Chopra, and Carole King.
After penetrating the Boston and New York markets with hit local radio shows, Colmes went from major market success to national talk radio prominence in 1990 with his fast-paced and informative afternoon news-driven show, which aired daily on hundreds of affiliates nationwide. He joined FOX News Channel in 1996, and co-hosted�Hannity & Colmes for over twelve years. Today his radio show is syndicated by FOX News and heard on terrestrial radio stations across America, XM and Sirius Satellite Radio, and the American Forces Radio Network.
Originally from the Seattle area, Joel moved east to attend NYU Film School, which somehow led to work in TV, radio and the Internet. As the very first intern on Hannity & Colmes, Joel began working with Alan shortly after the launch of Fox News Channel. Alan never bothered to complain about Joel to Fox executives, who eventually gave him a paying job at the network. This led to work on several early FNC programs such as Fox In Depth and Fox On Health, and on the Fox News Guest Booking Unit. He left Fox for a few years, during which he worked at MSNBC and on a political website called Vote.com. After Alan returned to the radio airwaves in 2003, Joel joined him on the Colmes show staff, where he�s now Alan�s Senior Producer. In his spare time, Joel enjoys traveling to Pearl Jam concerts, supporting the Seahawks, and being a couch potato.
Aimee De Benigno
A native of Danbury, Connecticut, Aimee De Benigno has been working with Alan since 2006. After attending Marymount Manhattan College in New York to pursue a career in media, Aimee interned at WABC Radio where she found her niche in broadcasting. She was hired full-time after college and worked with several hosts including Monica Crowley and Alan�s former TV partner, Sean Hannity. Aimee left the business for a brief period to explore an opportunity in the medical field but was pulled right back to her calling and happily landed on Alan�s show.
A former sanitation worker and graduate of Syracuse University, Mike Boyle is the technical producer for Alan�s radio show. Mike has been fascinated with radio for as long as he can remember and knew it was what he wanted to do at an early age after begging his parents to bring him to meet New York radio legend Cousin Bruce Morrow at an appearance in his native Westchester County, NY. After being part of a morning show on college radio Mike went on to work as a jock on Long Island before coming to Fox in 2005. Mike enjoys sleeping in and pursues this enthusiastically given the late hours of Alan�s radio show.
Assistant to Alan Colmes
Robin got her first taste of television news at WBFF Fox 45 in Baltimore. After that she headed further south to Washington DC, where she interned for a Sunday show on another �Cable News Network� and fell in love with TV and production. She now assists Alan on his television appearances, on new projects, and on the radio show, making sure Alan stays informed and up to date. When not at work, Robin likes spending time with her friends and going to the beach in her home state of New Jersey.
Speaking in Las Vegas, the president said, ”If Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, I will send them a bill based on my proposal and insist they vote on it right away.”
President Obama’s commonsense immigration reform proposal has four parts. First, continue to strengthen our borders. Second, crack down on companies that hire undocumented workers. Third, hold undocumented immigrants accountable before they can earn their citizenship; this means requiring undocumented workers to pay their taxes and a penalty, move to the back of the line, learn English, and pass background checks. Fourth, streamline the legal immigration system for families, workers, and employers.
The most controversial part of the plan, a pathway to citizenship, has these elements:
· Create a provisional legal status. Undocumented immigrants must come forward and register, submit biometric data, pass criminal background and national security checks, and pay fees and penalties before they will be eligible for a provisional legal status. Agricultural workers and those who entered the United States as children would be eligible for the same program. Individuals must wait until the existing legal immigration backlogs are cleared before getting in line to apply for lawful permanent residency (i.e. a “green card”), and ultimately United States citizenship. Consistent with current law, people with provisional legal status will not be eligible for welfare or other federal benefits, including subsidies or tax credits under the new health care law.
· Create strict requirements to qualify for lawful permanent resident status. Those applying for green cards must pay their taxes, pass additional criminal background and national security checks, register for Selective Service (where applicable), pay additional fees and penalties, and learn English and U.S. civics. As under current law, five years after receiving a green card, individuals will be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship like every other legal permanent resident.
· Earned citizenship for DREAMers. Children brought here illegally through no fault of their own by their parents will be eligible for earned citizenship. By going to college or serving honorably in the Armed Forces for at least two years, these children should be given an expedited opportunity to earn their citizenship. The President’s proposal brings these undocumented immigrants out of the shadows.
· Create administrative and judicial review. An individual whose provisional lawful status has been revoked or denied, or whose application for adjustment has been denied, will have the opportunity to seek administrative and judicial review of those decisions.