Americans for Legal Immigration PAC – one of the nation’s most strident voices against illegal immigration, so much so that it has drawn fire from the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center – said today it’s parting ways with its former hero, former CNN pundit Lou Dobbs.
ALIPAC chief William Gheen said his group is suspending its Facebook page and Web site calling on Dobbs to run for President due to an interview Dobbs gave last week to Telemundo, in which he said he favors finding a path to legalization for many of the people who’ve come to the United States in violation of existing laws.
“While Mr. Dobbs claims his positions have not changed, however, that is not the perception of many of our mutual supporters,” Gheen said in a news release. “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.”
“Our internal polling shows that over 70% of our supporters are upset with Mr. Dobbs’s comments on Telemundo in support of legalizing illegal aliens. ALIPAC opposes any path to citizenship form of Amnesty for illegal aliens currently in the US,” he said. “Therefore we are dropping our support for Lou Dobbs and suspending the fan sites we have created.”
“We’ve received so many demands from prior Dobbs supporters to remove their pledges of support that we have to suspend all operations on the Dobbs fan sites,” Gheen said. “Lou Dobbs has deeply offended his base of supporters and ALIPAC is going to remain loyal to those Americans who support our existing immigration laws instead of Amnesty disguised as reform.”
So I guess it’ll have to be Limbaugh/Beck 2012 instead of Dobbs/Beck 2012. Unless, of course, most people disagree with ALIPAC, a group many believe regularly crosses the line from touting tough immigration enforcement into racial bigotry.
Watch the Telemundo interview with Lou Dobbs in its entirety (in three parts) after the jump…