For her explosive article in this issue of The Nation, "Lou Dobbs, American Hypocrite," investigative journalist Isabel Macdonald spent a year tracking down and interviewing undocumented workers Lou Dobbs contracted to tend his gardens and care for his horses. As Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman points out, "Dobbs has been called the most influential spokesperson for the anti-immigration movement and has often used his TV and radio shows to criticize employers who break US law by hiring undocumented workers."

By interviewing workers from places such as Guatemala and Mexico who have worked for Lou Dobbs over the past five years, Macdonald found that the "fundamental issue" that Dobbs’s hypocrisy raises is that "there’s a huge demand created by people like Dobbs: affluent white Americans.… And at the same time, there is no way for [workers] to do this work legally."

—Joanna Chiu