Lou Dobbs, Nation’s Isabel Macdonald Clash Over Illegal Immigration Story On ‘Last Word’

By Jack Mirkinson | Puffington Post

The night after The Nation published its explosive article alleging that former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, who has become infamous for his hard-line stance on illegal immigration, had had undocumented workers tending to his estates and his daughter’s horses for years, Dobbs and the author of the article, Isabel Macdonald, appeared on “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell” Thursday to discuss Macdonald’s claims.

In a lively, lengthy sparring match, refereed by Lawrence O’Donnell, both Dobbs and Macdonald essentially stuck to two basic points.

Macdonald said that she had concluded that Dobbs, who has become infamous for his hard-line stance on immigration, “had been exploiting undocumented labor.”

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Dobbs countered that Macdonald had admitted on his radio show Thursday that she was not accusing him or his company of ever having knowingly and directly hired an undocumented worker. He acknowledged, though, that contractors and trainers he was paying could have done so.

“What I mean by indirectly is intentionally hiring a contractor who — for the specific purpose of hiring an illegal immigrant…I have never done that. Either directly or indirectly,” he said.

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