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Date: Oct/08/2010 05:49 PM

Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs said Thursday said neither he nor his companies have ever hired illegal immigrants and it was not his responsibility to check their papers. Ed Hardy Hats Dobbs challenged an online article accusing him of hiring contractors who employ illegal immigrants on his properties. During his afternoon show on WOR NewsTalk Radio 710 in New York, he and Isabel Macdonald, author of The Nation piece, debated what he should have done to ensure the workers were in the United States legally. Dobbs, who left CNN in November 2009, repeatedly asked Macdonald whether he or his companies had ever hired an illegal immigrant. AdvertisementAds by Google Online Master in 1 Year Online MA in Leading Innovation and Change from York St John University college.ch "No," she said. But Macdonald said that the situation involved Dobbs and his Dobbs Group hiring contractors that she said used undocumented workers. She pressed the journalist on whether he had ever checked on the status of workers at his properties. Dobbs, who called the article a "hit piece," countered that he had no legal right to do so. "They want me checking citizenship and status?," he said later in his show. "I don't think so," adding he could be sued for stepping in. "I have documented that undocumented workers have been fundamental in the maintenance of your estate in West Palm Beach," said Macdonald. The talk show host said workers at his New Jersey farm receive health and retirement benefits. "You can understand my sensitivity in you going after my 22-year-old daughter. That doesn't sit well with me," Dobbs told the author.Ed Hardy Shoes He defended the hiring of those working at the stables. "I have been told they are absolutely legal." Macdonald said Dobbs is responsible for those working at his properties. "I didn't hire him directly," Dobbs replied to a claim that an undocumented Guatemalan was paid $8 an hour to watch his grounds. "I didn't hire him undirectly." In the article posted Wednesday on The Nation's website and headlined "Lou Dobbs, American Hypocrite," the leftist political magazine reports that Dobbs hired contractors who used illegal immigrants for landscaping work and caring for horses ridden by his daughter, Hillary Dobbs, a champion show jumper. It says the landscaping and equestrian industries depend on illegal immigrants due to the low pay, long hours and physical labor. In the article, several people identified as current or former workers on Dobbs' properties say they were in the United States illegally at the time. Ads by Google New Business Opportunity Run Your Own Energy Saving Business Complete Start-Up Pack from $14k www.Enigin.net/BusinessOpportunityRelated Articles ? Dobbs: Will the Democrats save their souls? February 20, 2007 Dobbs: Border fence will leave Texas-size hole October 24, 2006 Federal court throws out limits on illegal immigrants July 26, 2007 Find More Stories About ? Lou Dobbsed hardy swimwear Advertisement Ads by Google

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