Jorge Ramos, host of the Fusion Network show America with Jorge Ramos, disclosed Friday that his daughter Paola has signed up as an employee of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
In a statement posted to Fusion’s website, Ramos expressed pride for his daughter but insisted his family connection would not affect his objectivity as a journalist:
As journalists the most important thing we have is our credibility and integrity. We maintain that, in part, through transparency with our audience, our colleagues and our critics. That is why I am disclosing that my daughter, Paola, has accepted a position working with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
As a father, I am very proud that she has decided to actively participate in our democratic process. I hope that more young people get involved, regardless of political parties or ideological preferences. Our democracy and our future depend on that.
I completely support and respect Paola’s decision. In our family we have always cherished tolerance, dialogue and active participation in what you believe.
Like many reporters who have parents, siblings or other family members that are active in politics, this will not change how I approach my duty as a journalist. I will continue to report with complete independence and ask the tough questions, the same way I have done for the last 30 years.
Despite his declaration of “independence,” Ramos has long flaunted his extreme activism on the issue of immigration. In an open letter to Republican lawmakers, he said that a stance to enforce immigration laws currently on the books, including deportation of illegal immigrants, “Latinos have no choice but to take this personally.”
The New Republic summarizes his book:
In A Country For All: An Immigrant Manifesto, one of several English-language books Ramos has written on the subject, he lays out his stance on immigration reform, making it clear that he wouldn’t accept anything short of citizenship—not even permanent legal residency—for the undocumented workers in this country.
In a recent, hostile interview with author Ann Coulter, Ramos refused to answer whether he would accept any limit to the number of illegal immigrants entering America:
“We have taken in one quarter of the entire Mexican population,” Coulter asked him. “At what point will we have taken in enough, in your view?”
That’s where Ramos made his stunning admission.
“I think that with the legal system—“ he started to answer.
“Half the Mexican population? The entire Mexican population?” Coulter kept pressing.
“No, I think with the legal system we wouldn’t need and we wouldn’t be having hundreds of people dying crossing the border,” Ramos replied.
“That isn’t an answer to the question,” Coulter corrected him. “One quarter of the Mexican population. How much more do we have to take?”
Ramos dodged again.