Lou Dobbs, Anti-Immigration Nut-in-Chief, Used Illegal Labor At South Florida Mansion

We'll call it the Law of Hypocrisy: Just as every virulently homophobic preacher and expert will someday be caught with their pants down and a hot young rent boy, anyone who makes a living by spewing intolerance will eventually be exposed as a humongous hypocrite. It's science!

So welcome to the club, Lou Dobbs. A staggering expose in The Nation today shows that the chief voice of insane anti-illegal immigrant rhetoric has for years relied on undocumented workers right here in South Florida to care for his mansion and his daughter's horses. GAG!

Dobbs has made a handsome living in recent years by bloviating on any xenophobic rumor at hand, from the fake story that illegal immigrants were spreading leprosy to rants that Mexican immigrants were responsible for basically every problem in the U.S. today.

Dobbs made quite an industry out of immigrant-bashing. So much so that he owns both an enormous New Jersey mansion and an estate right here in South Florida, in West Palm Beach's exclusive Eagle Island neighborhood.

His daughter, a championship horse rider, also stables a number of her horses just up 95 in Wellington.

Turns out owning that much real estate and that many pricey animals means you need a lot of cheap labor for upkeep. And most of that labor was undocumented.

Take it from here, The Nation:

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.
If there was justice in this world, Lou would now be forced to smuggle himself across the Canadian border to eke out a living cleaning horse shit in Calgary.

Instead, he'll probably be running for president in 2012. Le sigh.

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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