Sellout

26 11 2009

It turns out Lou Dobbs, the former CNN anchor whose popularity was built on his vehement anti-illegal immigration stance, is just another two-faced phony baloney.

Today, in an interview with the Spanish-language network Telemundo, Dobbs did a complete about-face when he recasts himself as a champion of Hispanic immigrants, now looking to legalize millions of illegal aliens in the United States. Despite his long-held opposition to “amnesty,” Dobbs now actually supports a plan to legalize undocumented workers. He told Telemundo’s Maria Celeste: 

“Whatever you have thought of me in the past, I can tell you right  now that I am one of your greatest friends and I mean for us to work together. I hope that will begin with Maria and me and Telemundo and other media organizations and others in this national debate that we should turn into a solution rather than a continuing debate and factional contest.”

Twice during the interview, Dobbs mentioned plans to legalize millions of illegal aliens in America, saying “we need the ability to legalize illegal immigrants under certain conditions. What isn’t working is a penalty to those who are in this country illegally for whom we can both be building a bridge to the future in which there is legalization and at the same time constructing an environment in which everyone is clear and unequivocal about the need for border security and a regulated flow of immigration.”

Dobbs’ spokesman Bob Dilenschneider told the Wall Street Journal the former broadcaster draws a distinction between illegal aliens who have committed crimes since arriving in the U.S. and those who are “living upright, positive and constructive lives” who should be “integrated” into society. He said Dobbs recognizes the political importance of Hispanics and is “smoothing the water and clearing the air.”

Dobbs, 64, of Wantage, N.J., has admitted an interest in politics, and the New York Times reports a run for the U.S. Senate is possible in 2012 before testing presidential waters.

The Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee, or ALIPAC, was stunned by Dobbs’ apparent reversal, especially after it set up a website urging him to run for the presidency or Senate, a site which to date collected more than $666,000 in donations.

“This news is going to break a lot of hearts in America. The American people are suffering so much and so many of us, myself included, believed in Lou Dobbs,” said William Gheen, president of ALIPAC. “I am hurt, dismayed, angry, sad, exasperated, red faced, embarrassed, and more after seeing this video.” Gheen is now asking for feedback from the public on Dobbs’ new remarks.

For the rest of the WorldNetDaily article on this, go HERE. The video of Dobbs’ interview on Telemundo is below.

~Eowyn

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10 responses

26 11 2009
K Williams

HMM not sure if the harsh comments are warranted. There is no doubt that at some point there will have to be some legalization of a portion of the ones here. Even I one of the most staunches supporters of immigration reform would concede that fact. I merely think Mr. Dobbs is making the logical argument. There is no way without some very harsh Hitler style tactics that would be very upsetting to many communities that anything less could be accomplished. But, as Mr. Dobbs pointed out without securing the borders you can have no legalization.

26 11 2009
Eowyn

K,

If that is as you say, then Dobbs should have discussed amnesty WHILE HE WAS ON CNN. Instead, he was one of the most strident anti-illegal immigration voices because doing so was good for his ratings.

Now, however, he’s changed his tune ENTIRELY because he’s positioning himself to run for office. I don’t begrudge him for changing his mind, if this were as a consequence of a thoughtful consideration of the problem. I do begrudge him for doing an about face BECAUSE OF SELF-INTEREST.

Did you read till the end of my post? Dobbs’ about-face is leaving high and dry ALIPSC (Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee), which collected over $666,000 in donations for Dobbs’ anticipated run for the presidency or Senate. Now, that’s betrayal.

27 11 2009
Steve

Eowyn, It’s like you say…….I just can’t stand the Hypocrisy of it. Heck I am an open minded person and when presented with new facts and ideas I am most certainly open to changing my mind/opinion. But like you say Dobbs ponced for ratings and now nothing has changed other than maybe his next job he seeks , so now he starts pandering……………Are there no more John Waynes….maybe not a good analogy, but just a straight talker who says what he means, and means what he says?

27 11 2009
Eowyn

You say it well, Steve. And the short answer to your question about straight talkers is: “No!” LOL

Following the news every day is turning me into even more of a cynic and misanthrope.

27 11 2009
Cec Moon

The article quotes a spokesperson as saying, “a distinction between illegal aliens who have committed crimes since arriving in the U.S. and those who are “living upright, positive and constructive lives” who should be “integrated” into society.”

Under US law, a person who enters the country illegally is breaking the law and committing a crime. Therefore, each and every person who has done so is a criminal. I see no available alternative to these conclusions.

27 11 2009
Eowyn

Just what is it about the word “illegal” in illegal immigration do people not understand?

Americans have become so brainwashed by liberals that we’ve become brain dead.

27 11 2009
Steve

27 11 2009
Steve

I had nothing to say……so there…LOL

27 11 2009
michele

Besides Dobbs being two-faced, how in the world can this country afford to take in more and more people everyday? California is broke and other states are hanging on by threads. The entire county will follow suit if the economy continues to tank (not to mention the world’s economy). Then the jerks in Congress want to shove healthcare down our throats with the intention of including each and every “undocumented worker” they want to provide amnesty for. It galls me that there are clauses in their “healthScare” package to arrest people who refuse to sign up for it, but God forbid, they won’t arrest a person for being here illegally.

The lefties also love to bring up the point that a huge wave of people migrated here illegally in the early 20th century. Well, yes, some did, but you never really hear what happened to them. Were they deported? It’s a fact the immigrants were exploited and wrongly treated and xenophobia ran rampant. Who could argue the same doesn’t happen today? But, welfare didn’t exist at that time, nor many of the programs that are in place now that people take advantage of and/or abuse. I have to stop here since I’m short on time…but again, at this moment, this country CANNOT afford to take on any more people. Sorry if I’ve angered anybody.

27 11 2009
Eowyn

Well said, Michele!

Quite apart from the unlawfulness of illegal immigrants, we just can’t afford supporting the estimated 12 million of them, at a time when our economy has tanked and unemployment is in double digits, with economists saying that many of the lost jobs will never return.

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