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.