Lou Dobbs denies hiring illegal workers

VIDEO: Calls report 'a smear piece' on 'GMA' Friday

Lou Dobbs denied a report by "The Nation" that his company employed illegal workers.

"I had been told that they were absolutely legal," he told the magazine's reporter, Isabel Macdonald (who spent a year investigating the story), on his nationally syndicated radio show Thursday. "And you were told the same thing, and you didn't mention it in your piece.

On Friday, the former CNN talk show host, who once said those who hired undocumented workers should be charged with felonies, continued to deny the claims.

"They went after me as hard as they could in a smear piece," he said  on "Good Morning America." "And the fact of the matter remains I have never hired an illegal immigrant, never will. None of my companies have hired illegal immigrants, and we work very hard to make sure that we do not do so. My accounting firm goes through every single person on our payroll to make certain that they are absolutely legal in every aspect."

Dobbs said he decided not to respond to the story because The Nation reporter only gave him a few days -- and he felt the publication had already decided the direction of its story.

"Why would we even waste our breath," Dobbs said.
 
Macdonald interviewed five undocumented employees who worked for Dobbs' company maintaining his daughter's $1 million horses and his Florida mansion. One described living in a two-bedroom apartment with nine people.
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