Obama attacks conservative media personalities Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh for their militant stand on immigration policy. On May 22 of 2008 and Near Fort Lauderdale, Obama lashed out at critics of illegal immigrants and migrant workers.
New York The Sun
McCain and Obama Tiptoe on Issue of Immigration
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, Associated Press
June 9, 2008
Some excerpts :
Mr. Obama got a taste of that backlash recently. He drew heavy criticism in the blogosphere for suggesting that conservative cable TV hosts who routinely rail against illegal immigrants are partly to blame for an increase in hate crimes against Hispanic people.
"A certain segment has basically been feeding a kind of xenophobia," Mr. Obama said at a fundraiser in Palm Beach, Fla. "If you have people like Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh ginning things up, it's not surprising that would happen."
The comment was a nod to a widespread feeling among Hispanic voters that bitter rhetoric against illegal immigrants is really veiled racism against American citizens and legal residents who are Latino.