In the wake of Lou Dobbs’ recent comments about immigration in the U.S., which some have interpreted as showing a softening stance, a prominent group that opposes illegal immigration has withdrawn its support for the former CNN anchor.
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) announced the decision, which includes the suspension of websites calling on Dobbs to run for President, because his words suggest he has moderated his views on the controversial issue.
"[Dobbs’] recent comments on Telemundo and his national radio show [are] inconsistent with positions of ALIPAC and the views of most American citizens," said ALIPAC representative William Gheen.
During the contentious interview, the 64-year-old journalist stressed the importance of a "rational, effective and humane "immigration policy for the U.S., but he added that "we [also] need the ability to legalize illegal immigrants on certain conditions."
Lou Dobbs gained substantial following in recent years as he began to vocally oppose illegal immigration and criticize both the Bush and the Obama administrations for not doing enough to secure America’s southern border.
However, he resigned from his post at CNN last month after the network decided to depart from what its president Jonathan Klein called "advocacy journalism."