Lou Dobbs

Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, the illegal immigration opponent with possible presidential aspirations, is stunning many today as 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.

“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,” he told Maria Celeste of the Spanish-language network Telemundo. (Click here for video of full interview.) “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.”

“Many Hispanics consider you to be the No. 1 enemy of Latinos,” Celeste told Dobbs. “Do you think that the community is somehow misjudging you?”

“Oh, not somehow. Definitively, absolutely,” Dobbs responded. “By the way, I don’t believe for a moment that the Latino, Hispanic community in the United States believes that of me at all. It has been the efforts of the far left to characterize me in their propaganda as such.”

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 told

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.”

Reaction from the public is already strong, including online comments such as:

  • “Obviously, the old boy is losing his wits. Never trust a politician, which is what Dobbs now is.”

  • “Well at least his disingenuousness is in keeping with a politician. On CNN: ‘I hate you dirty foreigners!’ Preparing to run for office: ‘I love you foreigners! And you’re not that dirty!'”

  • “Just another pathetic sellout. Lou, don’t bother.”

  • “The only thing Dobbs had going for him was his anti-illegal stance. He just blew it. Otherwise he’s just another pundit. He’s suddenly Bill O’Reilly.”

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