Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 5p, November 11, 2009

Contact: Antonio Gonzalez, 323-222-2217

Statement by WCVI President Antonio Gonzalez on Lou Dobbs Resignation

I hail Lou Dobbs resignation from CNN. I also congratulate Presente.org and all their allies for their audacious leadership in holding “Goliath CNN” accountable for their hypocritical behavior in enabling openly bigoted Lou Dobbs over the years.

The resignation of Mr. Dobbs should serve as a warning to all those that promote racism, racial profiling and bigotry against immigrants and Latinos with impunity. Dobbs resignation heralds the beginning of the end of the current era of anti-immigrant policies, practices, and laws.

Indeed, now more than ever, we must redouble our efforts to prod Washington, DC to enact laws that legalize the undocumented and end polices like Homeland Security’s 287G program that foment racial profiling of people “that look like immigrants”, namely people of color.

Just as Presente.org led the way in holding Lou Dobbs accountable, Latino leadership and their allies must now hold Congress and the White House to their promises to enact just and humane policies for immigrants.

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 About WCVI

The William C. Velásquez Institute (WCVI) is a tax-exempt, non-profit, non-partisan public policy analysis organization chartered in 1985. The purpose of WCVI is to: conduct research aimed at improving the level of political and economic participation in Latino and other underrepresented communities; To provide information to Latino leaders relevant to the needs of their constituents; To inform the Latino leadership and public about the impact of public policies on Latinos; To inform the Latino leadership and public about political opinions and behavior of Latinos.

 

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