Lou Dobbs Used Illegal Workers On His Properties: Report

October 7, 2010

Frank James

Lou Dobbs, the former CNN anchor who tapped into the wave of popular anger against undocumented workers, is being accused of benefiting directly from the labor of some of those workers on his own properties.

An investigative piece in The Nation is getting much attention. An excerpt:

But with his relentless diatribes against "illegals" and their employers, Dobbs is casting stones from a house—make that an estate—of glass. Based on a yearlong investigation, including interviews with five immigrants who worked without papers on his properties, The Nation and the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute have found that Dobbs has relied for years on undocumented labor for the upkeep of his multimillion-dollar estates and the horses he keeps for his 22-year-old daughter, Hillary, a champion show jumper.

As the story points out Dobbs, who has a radio show, has left open the possibility of a run for Senate or even the White House.

It's safe to say the Nation's report won't be helpful to those ambitions. Copyright 2010 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Copyright 2010 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.