Utah Vigilante Group Sends List of 1,300 ‘Illegal Immigrants’ to Media, Law Enforcement
July 14, 2010
(ChattahBox)—This is what the Obama administration is trying to prevent with its lawsuit challenging the harsh Arizona anti-immigration law, permitting racial profiling. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, with her hysterical fearmongering and bigoted falsehoods demonizing undocumented immigrants, has unleashed a wave of nativist racism that has now infected neighboring Utah. A mysterious vigilante group has compiled a list of 1,300 “illegals” having Hispanic names, “attending our schools and entering our public welfare buildings,” and mailed the list to local media outlets, law enforcement officials and state lawmakers, demanding that the people on the list be deported.
The list contains private information, such as social security numbers, the names and dates of birth of the children and the due dates of pregnant women. Gov. Gary Herbert is launching an investigation to determine if state databases were illegally accessed to retrieve the personal information. News of the illegal immigrant hit list has terrified members of Utah’s Hispanic community who believe they are being stalked, and are concerned for their safety. At least two people on the list contacted by The Salt Lake Tribune are here legally.
The anonymous group of anti-immigration vigilantes is calling itself Concerned Citizens of the United States and the group sent an ominous statement accompanying the detailed list, demanding that law enforcement act:
“Our group observes these people in our neighborhoods, driving on our streets, working in our stores, attending our schools and entering our public welfare buildings,” the letter reads. “We then spend the time and effort needed to gather information along with legal Mexican nationals who infiltrate their social networks and help us obtain the necessary information we need.”
“We plan to provide your office with new lists on a continual basis and request — no insist — that your agency take immediate and forceful action to the individuals on this list and begin deportation now.”
Herbert’s spokeswoman, Angie Wellin promises an investigation to uncover any unauthorized accessing of state databases. “If it reveals any kind of evidence of wrongdoing or release of private information we will turn it over to the Attorney General’s Office,” she said.
A group of Republican lawmakers in Utah, supported by Gov. Herbert, are in the process of drafting an anti-immigration law that mirrors Arizona’s SB 1070.
“A Utah law that took effect last year made it illegal to harbor or employ undocumented workers. Gov. Gary R. Herbert (R) has said he expects to sign new immigration legislation next year and is meeting with all sides to find a way forward.”
Gov. Herbert, says he finds the list of illegal immigrants “disappointing,” but he doesn’t plan to back down from his anti-immigration campaign.
‘”We won’t let this distract us,” the governor said in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C.”
If an anonymous vigilante group that’s targeting, stalking, stealing and making public, the private medical records of Utah Latinos won’t “distract” Herbert, nothing will.