December 3rd, 2009
08:21 PM ET
6 years ago

Advocacy group drops its support for Lou Dobbs

A group that opposes illegal immigration announced Thursday that it no longer supports former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs.

A group that opposes illegal immigration announced Thursday that it no longer supports former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs.

(CNN) – A political organization that opposes illegal immigration announced Thursday that it will no longer support commentator and former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs.

After being a vocal critic of proposals for federal amnesty for illegal immigrants, Dobbs appeared to soften his stance late last month in an interview with Telemundo, a Spanish-language television network.

Dobbs told Telemundo he is one of the Latino community's "greatest friends."

"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 also said in the interview.

At the time, Dobbs maintained that his position on immigration has not changed despite what appears to be a more moderate stance.

But the political action committee that has supported Dobbs disagreed, announcing on its Web site Thursday that it now opposes him.

"Americans for Legal Immigration PAC is withdrawing support for Lou Dobbs after years, including the suspension of websites calling on Dobbs to run for President due to the perceived change in Mr. Dobbs's stances on immigration issues," the organization wrote.

"His recent comments on Telemundo and his national radio show supporting some kind of path to citizenship for illegal immigrants is inconsistent with positions of ALIPAC and the views of most American citizens," William Gheen, a representative of AILPAC also said in the written statement.

In a separate telephone interview with CNN, Gheen said that the group continues to respect Dobbs for helping to highlight the issue of illegal immigration.

But, Gheen added that Dobbs' recent remarks have "just blown everyone's minds" and that the group found itself at an "unexpected impasse" with Dobbs at this point.

"We feel like: Who are you and what have you done with Lou Dobbs?" Gheen explained.

Dobbs, who parted with CNN in mid-November, has since suggested that he might run for president or challenge New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez in 2012.

–CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney contributed to this report.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Shelly

    What is the matter with this man? Did a rock hit his head? He incessantly ranted about illegal immigration and now he has a change of heart.
    Glad he left CNN. He has his own creepy agenda just like all right wing nuts.

    December 3, 2009 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  2. Dee, 1 Vote

    as I wast saying Dobb is a GOP nut. He is here, because the 2 New Gov, NJ and VA, ARE GOP'S winner's. Mr. Dobb just get a job!

    December 3, 2009 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  3. cgillette369

    ratings have dropped at CNN and obviously Dobbs can't ad-lib and chew gum.

    retirement for Dobbs.

    December 4, 2009 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  4. B

    This guy belongs back on the FARM !

    December 4, 2009 12:43 am at 12:43 am |

    Americans for Legal Immigration PAC,

    Good! More Spanish-speaking votes for Obama!

    Keep up the good work!

    December 4, 2009 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  6. scott

    We recently toured CNN headquarters and asked the tour guide to what extent the commentators on various programs were free to express their own opinions.

    The guide specifically said that commentators like Lou Dobbs were told what points to make, although they were free to find their own words to express those views. In other words - these guys are the hired help - and they pretty much say what they are told to say.

    We thought this was quite an admission.

    December 4, 2009 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  7. Matt

    I'm against ILLEGAL immigration. Why would the Hispanic community be in support of it?

    (Note: Being against Illegal immigration does not mean that a person hates or is against Hispanics/Latinos)

    December 4, 2009 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
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