Yesterday, I read this article on Lou Dobbs and his new Latino outreach effort since he has left CNN. A week ago Dobbs went to Telemundo for an interview with Maria Celeste and indicated that he now supports a plan to legalize millions of undocumented workers. He also told Latinos that he is one of our greatest friends:
“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 said in a live interview with Telemundo’s Maria Celeste. “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.”
I think that Lou is being rather disingenuous, but he’s also spinning, as Joshua Holland from AlterNet points out in his piece here. With his eye on public office, Dobbs begins to promote the mainstream comprehensive immigration reform jargon about paying fines, learning English, and jumping through other hoops to legalize those who are already here. Public opinion polls show that most favor the “hoop jumping approach” to granting legal status for the undocumented. I think that Dobbs is just conveniently pandering to the Telemundo audience, much as he did for his fans on CNN.