Lou Dobbs’ Sneering, Fact-Challenged Interview With Jose Antonio Vargas | Media Matters for America
*Mexikaresistance.com Note: Lou Dobbs is a prefect example of the racist ignorance that permeates mainstream white America. Hey moron, our ancestors were among the original caretakers and inhabitants of this continent, stretching back tens of thousands of years. If you are so concerned about "legality" then I suggest you focus your efforts on giving back land illegally occupied by your squatter ancestors.Lou Dobbs has long been notorious for his attacks on and misinformation about immigrants; he has associated with an organization designated as a "hate group" for its anti-immigrant rhetoric. Dobbs continued this pattern in a June 22 interview on his Fox Business show with activist Jose Antonio Vargas -- a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is also an undocumented immigrant.
Dobbs’ bluster during the segment was matched only by both his obliviousness to the facts of the immigration debate. (Earlier this week, Dobbs couldn’t be bothered to learn even a basic fact about the Obama administration’s recent announcement that it will stop deporting some younger undocumented immigrants.)
Vargas discussed the DREAM Act and the challenges facing immigrants who, like him, were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Dobbs repeatedly suggested that undocumented immigrants should just come out of the shadows and apply for citizenship. He failed to understand that the point of the current debate is that they can’t.
Early in the interview, Dobbs suggested it’s an “oversight” on Vargas’ part that he hasn’t “applied for citizenship”:
VARGAS: So, we have, in this country, about 12 million undocumented people who want to be able to come forward —
DOBBS: I think that’s great. Then come forward.
VARGAS: OK. Great.
DOBBS: Because we’ve got 13 guest-worker programs by which you can enter. We have how many federal programs that you’ve applied to for citizenship.
VARGAS: Well, actually, I haven’t applied for any —
DOBBS: You haven’t applied.
VARGAS: No, because I —
DOBBS: Well, isn’t that sort of an oversight on your part?
VARGAS: No, actually, sir, it is not.
Dobbs later said: “I don’t understand the problem here. You have an opportunity to become citizens. Do it.”
Dobbs is wrong: undocumented immigrants like Vargas do not “have an opportunity to become citizens.” As Vargas told Dobbs, there “isn’t a system for somebody like” him. That is the whole purpose of the DREAM Act: to create a legal pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
Next, Dobbs tried to erase the Republican obstructionism that prevented the DREAM Act from passing in 2010. Even as Vargas tried to point out that Senate Republicans blocked the bill, Dobbs thundered that Obama “didn’t do a damn thing”:
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