Hard-line immigration group shuns Lou Dobbs

Lou DobbsAmericans 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.”

William GheenALIPAC was the first national organization to call on Dobbs to consider a run for President of the United States.

“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…

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    And your point is?

    But thanks for sharing your opinion with us Josh.

  • jeff

    I don’t know much about ALIPAC. But then I’m probably not alone in that, nor in having an opinion about rewarding people with legal permanent residence and eventual citizenship by “virtue” of having violated our immigration laws and being in the country illegally. Nor would I have expected that many people thought that Lou Dobbs wanted to do that before this interview.
    I know the Southern Poverty Law Center is a radical and self-serving (“The church of Morris Dees: How the Southern Poverty Law Center profits from intolerance”) organization that conflates real extremist and hate groups with those that simply oppose its liberal agenda. Of course that game is exactly what Josh Richman is trying to do, insinuating that those who don’t agree with his industry’s promotion of illegal immigration (and abandonment of any semblance of journalistic integrity) are racial bigots.

  • John W

    Did Lou Dobbs wear a corset for that portrait?

  • Elwood

    I guess Jeff is the latest member of the Josh Richman fan club.

    I wouldn’t slam an outhouse door that hard!