On Tuesday, I suggested that Lou Dobbs may be softening his stance on immigration now that he has an eye for political office. Little did I know that a few days before, Dobbs had been interviewed by Maria Celeste on Telemundo's Al Rojo Vivo.
During the interview, Celeste hammered Dobbs on the leprosy controversy from his 2005 program, his comments about criminal aliens and other issues that have made Dobbs unpopular within the immigrant community. About twenty heated and rather uncomfortable minutes into the interview, Dobbs redirected the discussion towards immigration reform. When asked how he proposes we fix immigration reform, Dobbs replied:
- "We need a rational, effective and humane immigration policy in this country."
- "We need the ability to legalize illegal immigrants on certain conditions."
- "We need to be able to influence the direction of the conversation toward securing the border because until we can control immigration, we cannot meaningfully, substantively alter immigration law because it would have no point if we cannot establish the basis for the control of the flow of people across that border."
Dobbs' second point will come as a shock to those familiar with his strong anti-amnesty, anti-undocumented immigrant rhetoric. But as Celeste astutely points out, Dobbs now "sounds like a politician." The former CNN host confirmed that he is considering a run for office.
Dobbs knows that without the Latino vote, he doesn't stand a chance at the presidency. And with his track record, Dobbs will have to work magic to smooth his rocky relationship with those voters. Celeste gave Dobbs the opportunity to address that issue when she asked if he had any parting words for the Hispanic community.
"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."
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