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Lou Dobbs' Immigration Reform Fixes

By November 28, 2009

Lou Dobbs

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:

  1. "We need a rational, effective and humane immigration policy in this country."
  2. "We need the ability to legalize illegal immigrants on certain conditions."
  3. "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."

Watch the interview.

Photo: George De Sota/Getty Images


November 28, 2009 at 1:52 pm
(1) W.G. Berger says:

If, in fact, the U.S. is successful in controlling our borders then, and only then, should we turn our attention to the “plight” of illegal aliens. Until then (don’t hold your breath) it should be no special consideration whatsoever to illegal aliens.

We have the tools at hand: E-Verify, no Federal money to Sanctuary Cities, fines and imprisonment to those who hire illegal aliens, and prison and deportation to criminal aliens.

Everything you need to know about immigration and what to do about it humorously told.


(Roy Beck and NumbersUSA are the “gumball” heroes)

November 28, 2009 at 8:16 pm
(2) Bettybb says:

Is his change of mind, wanting to give lawbreaking illegals preferential immigration treatment over law abiding immigrants, due to the fact his wife was attacked?

Per the polls, 2/3 of Hispanic Americans are anti amnesty. They, like the rest of us, know right from wrong.

November 28, 2009 at 8:31 pm
(3) Delaware Bob says:

If Lou is starting to pander to these illegal aliens, then I’m done with him. Illegal aliens are destroying this Country. I thought he could see that.

I for one, am sick and tired of these illegal aliens snubbing their nose at our immigration laws and the many other laws of this Country. If our Federal Government can not ENFORCE our immigration laws, and get these illegal aliens out of this Country, then let the States do it! One way or another, an end has to come to this illegal immigration, and not with AMNESTY! Amnesty will only encourage more illegal aliens to invade our Country and reward those who broke our laws and raped the American taxpayer in many ways…depressing our wages, taking our jobs, overwhelming our schools with their ILLEGAL ALIEN children, driving without a license or car insurance, all the crime from stolen identities to rape, drugs and everything else.

It’s time for ZERO TOLERENCE with these illegal aliens. It’s time for them to get back to their own Country where they belong. There will be no amnesty!

November 28, 2009 at 9:15 pm
(4) Armando Cahn says:

He is starting to kiss Hispanic Behind. Hey! Kiss my Behind too, I am a voter with a Chinese descent.

November 28, 2009 at 9:42 pm
(5) Latino says:

How funny!!!! for years this clown bombarded innocent ignorant main stream america with all kinds of misinformation leading them to believe that the reason of all evil in this country was brought by Illegal immigrant who “take away our jobs, spread leprosity and spike criminal statistics”. and now, all he could say is :”that was 4 years ago” like his ideas have a “statue of limitations”. Well Lou boy, you played you card with the latin comunity and you lost. Man that up

November 29, 2009 at 1:34 am
(6) wer says:

During his show it was obvious that he had some decency in his head. Occasionally he’d express some of it, but most of the time not, which is why the hard right fringe felt comfortable about him.

November 29, 2009 at 1:40 am
(7) sdflk says:

Illegal immigrants aren’t ‘destroying this country’, as someone said. That’s just a popular view of the racists (who readily deny their racism at it). It’s obvious that most illegal immigrants are mainly here to work and pursue the same dreams as any average legal immigrants, which is why they’ve been tolerated so long at many levels. The ones who accuse them as people of ‘destroying this country’ are the racists, period. It wouldn’t be difficult to say that illegal immigration also has partly negative consequences. Which is a FAR cry from saying ‘they destroy this country’. The former would be factual, the latter is xenophobic/racist scapegoating.

November 29, 2009 at 4:58 am
(8) Marc says:

Don’t give this dumb-ass, xenophobic talking head any consideration for any office. Let Fox News take care of giving him a paycheck! Lou has had all the time in the world to make amends with the immigrant community and has chosen to bring fox news channel style populist bullsh*t as a counter weight to the progressive stance of CNN and MSNBC. He’s already got the birther, white supremist, sarah palin loving moron vote, but suddenly realizes that he needs the brown vote, too! He needs to face the fact that all the hard working people in this country are not just of white western european stock, but we come from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, too! The vast majority of Latin Americans are in this country legally and are tax paying citizens. They’re not in this country to pick your crops, cut your lawn, raise your kids, and pick up after your lazy asses for slave wages and no healthcare insurance!!! When you treat one segment of a particular ethnic group with the contempt he’s shown, it makes other segments within the same ethnic group wonder if they’re next. I know his wife is hispanic, but his solutions are devoid of compassion and misses the point that we need legal immigration procedures which reflect our realistic needs for agricultural labor vs. the dangerous game of INS/Minutemen human trafficing “grab ass” that goes on at border today.

If he’s so worried about illegal immigration, why is he always looking South of the Border vs. our open, unfenced border with Canada, the Great Lakes, and the Gulf coast from Brownsville, TX to the Florida Keys which can be reached by chartered boat by terrorist the same way they did it in Mumbai back in 2008? Before you say it can’t happen, just remember the terrorist’s sole focus is making it to shore, not surviving afterwards.

November 29, 2009 at 9:57 am
(9) Luis Panita says:

you are full of [it] Lou Dobbs, your strong words against us will remain in our hearts forever-it will never heal-you have treated us [badly] and now-you have soften your tone because you will need our votes-no way jose-over my dead body.

November 29, 2009 at 11:02 am
(10) Bradwhg says:

Actually Dobbs hasn’t changed a bit. He was opposed to the Kennedy McCain plan for obvious reasons. Just because a person is against a certain proposal, doesn’t mean the general idea of legalization under “certain conditions” doesn’t warrant their consideration.
Certain conditions may include returning to their birth country, getting in line and applying to come to this country legally without any penalties or advantages.

This whole topic is really about perception.Those on the pro amnesty legalization side are trying to spin this to their benefit. They want their supporters to perceive this as some kind of big victory.

Dobbs did a great service to this country by bringing illegal immigration and the safety of our borders to the national front. He for a number of years was the only media figure that raised questions about illegal immigration/border security.

For a couple of years now sides have been formed and his show was just preaching to the choir. He was never going to change those who opted for amnesty or open borders. The ethnic hustlers were never going to talk about illegal immigration rationally without accusations of racism.

Dobbs was never the hardliner on immigration both legal and illegal, that some would make him out to be. He has become in effect a strawman to be held up as a victory for the open border crowd. Dobbs has always advocated for more legal immigration when it suits the national interest. It is really nothing new.

Dobbs leaving CNN was really a great move on his part. He got 8 million dollars, still has his radio show and can pursue other avenues to get his opinion out. If that is what constitutes a victory for the amnesty crowd, they are delusional. They would have been better off for Dobbs to have remained at CNN talking to his loyal audience. Now he is free to speak his mind without being reminded of contractual duties.

How many of the pro Hispanic, pro open border, pro amnesty leaders wouldn’t take 8 million dollars to leave their positions?

November 29, 2009 at 11:21 am
(11) Eddie Brown says:

He’s talking to the millions of Hispanic Americans and legal Hispanic immigrants who are dealing with massive illegal competition in the manual labor sector for a job. He tried to point that out. That is the biggest fear of the pro amnesty groups, That Latino Americans And Legal Hispanic immigrants will say, “Waite a minute! Why should I support millions of people who violate My countrys immigration law and want to compete with Me for My job just because they happen to have the same ethnic background???” Hispanic, (As Dobb’s said) Does not equal illegal. And it’s far time Latino Americans and Legal immigrants from all Nations resist being forced into a corner as a “group” that supports “immigration reform” When it is in fact the very sector of our population that will face the most competition for employment if millions of illegal immigrants (From any Nation) are added to the legal labor pool.

November 29, 2009 at 11:26 am
(12) MaryJ says:

Lou won’t get anywhere by pandering toward the treasonous, ethnocentric crowd. They will hate him no matter what, and he will lose other supporters in the process.

November 29, 2009 at 11:47 am
(13) Eddie Brown says:

It was also interesting to hear Maria say “I speak for all Latinos” And Dobbs reply that he does not assume to speak for all Anglos, Why would she assume to speak the oppinion of the entire Hispanic comunity? Wake Up! We are Latino, Asian, African, And European Americans. Do not let political or interest groups tell You what You should or should not think. The ethnic groups of this Nation are being split apart by ethnic interest groups that encourage the thinking of “We” Instead of the joining together as a Nation of Citizens.

November 29, 2009 at 11:54 am
(14) MaryJ says:

The problem is that many Latinos do believe in being Latino first, American second. Which is a big problem for our country.

November 29, 2009 at 12:21 pm
(15) Eddie Brown says:

The problem pretty much spans all ethnic and racial groups now. I’m a carpenter in N.Y.C. and work with quite a few illegal immigrants from Ireland. I told one I didn’t support or agree with His sneaking into the states. He was Stunned and said “Come on, Your My Irish Brother!” I just had to shake My head and walk away from the moron.

November 29, 2009 at 2:17 pm
(16) Brittancus says:

Has Lou Dobbs, the people’s savior turned into a Benedict Arnold and committed an act against–THE PEOPLE–who followed his auditory without question on CNN (Cable) ? Now I have lost interest in CNN broadcasts and only occasionally watch parts of the evening news. It’s like being betrayed by our own brother and sister?


The open border movement has started a drive to get those who approve of another disastrous AMNESTY, to send postcards to Washington. Well anti-illegal immigration, pro-sovereignty and–NO–Comprehensive Immigration Reform can do-one-better? Opponents of AMNESTY should call their politician at 202-224-3121, or go there in person to their offices. SPELL OUT TO THE SCREENER OR AID, to take your name and phone number, stating decisively–NO AMNESTY. Then every American, black white, red or brown person, who see this as a treasonous portrayal of American and legal immigrant workers, should also buy a postcard and bombard your Senator or Representative. We can stop this travesty to our immigration laws, because under President Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Sen.Gutierrez D-IL, Sen.Harry Reid (D-NV), Speaker N. Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Diane Feinstein D-CA, and the rest of the cast of Un-American characters, will have us paying billions of dollars, to support the 20-30 million plus already here, and then the rolling uncountable numbers that will attack the border once the word is heard from Belize to China.

Another Amnesty will just start a stampede, which all taxpayers will have to support. As the fence is now, the underfunded barrier will not stop the human deluge. It is a catastrophe waiting to happen and a matter of survival in America. A majority of tourists who overstay their tourist visa are illegal aliens. Neither crossing the border or overstaying tourist visas, is a violation against THE RULE OF LAW. Unlike other countries–entering America without permission is a minimal offense/’.This is thanks to globalists, business organizations that politicians have catered to for generations. If our laws–WERE ENFORCED–from the beginning, not weakened or dismantled by previous White House occupancy we would not have been–INVADED? NOW WRITE YOUR POSTCARDS AND REMEMBER TO PUT A STAMP ON IT. GOOGLE–your local and state policy makers or find their electoral address, email address and phone numbers. Even your local phone book has this information. THE OTHER SIDE THINKS WE DON’T HAVE THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE, TO STOP THIS CRAZY MOVE TOWARDS THIS ILL-CONCEIVED AMNESTY? THEY WILL SOON FIND OUT THAT THEY ARE–DEAD WRONG!

We can derail the open border zealots, ACLU, Council of Foreign Relations, Catholic Church, and other congregational faiths and the business owners–NOT FORGETTING FOREIGN NATIONALS–AS WE CAN BEAT THEM AT THEIR OWN GAME? Want to save America from OVERPOPULATION, rising illegal immigrant crime, paying for all their education, health care and other unrevealed government ENTITLEMENTS? VOTE THE MORONS OUT! VOTE SEN. HARRY REID, JOHN McCAIN OUT NEXT YEAR Demand E-Verify as a permanent addition to 287 (g) local police restriction, ICE audits of piratical business. Demand E-Verify to eject illegal workers taking your jobs, so they will leave when unable to obtain a job. EVERYBODY IN THE WORKFORCE MUST BE IDENTIFIED–THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED FOR YEARS–AND NEW HIRES–EVERYBODY? OTHERWISE IT’S A GOOD EXCUSE FOR OPPONENTS TO FILE A DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST BUSINESSES WITH DEEP POCKETS. THAT WAY THE COMMUNIST (FOUNDER) ACLU WILL BE UNDERMINED BY THEIR RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF DESTROYING E-VERIFY, 287 G, ICE RAIDS AND OTHER ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES.

This is a battle we must–WIN–against illegal immigration, but we must have an orderly flow of legal newcomers specially professional people in the highest pinnacle of Engineers, computers and other skills. We cannot, shouldn’t accept anymore poor people, when our nation has millions of mixed gender at the bottom rungs of the employment ladder living in poverty. NO AMNESTY, but amendments to the 1986 (IRCA) can achieve this goal, even though the American people are constantly lied to by those in power. Prior to any new laws all those potential immigrants waiting in other lands, already processed should be given first priority in receiving a work visa. While we spend billions of taxpayer dollars on the incessant wars, some of The People’s money should have been appropriated for the originally designed border fence, not the single-layer barrier that was underfunded, with no intention of stopping the rush of desperate humanity to satisfy the money-craving business community. Who is also behind pushing for BLANKET AMNESTY? George Soros! The far-left billionaire has donated big money to the ACLU, the New York Times, ACORN and open subversive border groups.

NUMBERSUSA will show you the illegal immigrant costs, Sanctuary State policies and the enforcement gradings of those in Washington. CAPSWEB will explain irreversible population growth in California and nationwide. Other sites of interest on Immigration enforcement is ALIPAC and AMERICAN PATROL and THE DARK SIDE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. OH! DON’T FORGET THE 28 CENTS POSTCARD TO THOSE WHO THINK THEY CONTROL US.

November 30, 2009 at 5:18 am
(17) nananan says:

he starting changing his hatres toward immigrants now . because i know running for office must get latino support. but i thing only crazy immigrant who forget all what loud said will give his or her voice tp lou. i think no immigrant can forget that lou said in the past whatever he is going say.he don’t deserve any immigrant vote or anyone who have close parent immigrant or close friend. lou will regret all what he said to immigrants when he run for the office

November 30, 2009 at 11:22 am
(18) WatchDog says:

I would like to know how these comprehensive immigration, pro-illegal alien supporters know that Lou’s conditions to legalize illegal aliens isn’t just simply to follow existing law?

Do they understand that leaving OUR country, and then getting in line to come legally would solve their problem? I doubt it!

November 30, 2009 at 3:35 pm
(19) John Q says:

I knew this guy was a FRAUD! Lou Dobbs was anti-ILLEGAL immigration so long as it boosted his ratings. Now that CNN has kicked him to the curb he’s attempting to re-invent himself in a failed effort to run for political office.

November 30, 2009 at 3:57 pm
(20) Dick says:

There is a difference between a legal immigrant and an illegral immigrant. Our vote pandering politicians always fail to make that distinction. America is no longer “a melting pot”, but rather a country within a country. I hope Lou Dobbs gets enough of the Latino vote to offset the votes lost from his prior base. He will not be getting my vote.

December 1, 2009 at 5:29 pm
(21) Hankjr says:

If the Illegls are here in a great number then why worry about the votes, they CAN”T vote if they are illegel..Only the peole that have signed up to vote can Vote..the Illegels will never go near a voteing booth if they have any brains, they dont want to give away where they live.

December 2, 2009 at 4:56 am
(22) Leo says:

Marc – you are an idiot . Progressive MSNBC ???? Who is watching them??? Only liberal morons like you . About 2% populations of country .With IQ about 65 ….

December 4, 2009 at 11:04 pm
(23) Veronica says:

If Lou Dobbs had been around in the early 20s, when my maternal grandfather came here from Mexico, he would have told him and my great-grandfather to go back there. Then I wouldn’t be here. He gets no support from me.

December 6, 2009 at 1:33 pm
(24) Scott S- Florida says:

I believe Lou is moving to the center to bring the two sides of the immigration debate together. We need a resolution and I believe Lou is reaching out taking the steps toward a resolution. What’s the old saying… “If your not part of the solution your part of the problem”.
The United States is in the midst of some major difficulties
aside from immigration such as Foreign policy, Domestic policy and Economics. Lou has always addressed all issues and has stood up and represented Americans. After all, isn’t that what’s it’s all about? Lou represents ALL Americans and whatever is next for him, you can be sure it will be of the people, by the people and for the people!

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