Utah ‘Illegals’ Hit List Traced to ‘Rogue’ State Workers
July 16, 2010
(ChattahBox)— An anonymous Utah group calling itself Concerned Citizens of the United States that mailed a hit list of 1,300 “illegals” to local law enforcement, media outlets and state lawmakers, is no longer anonymous. A state investigation has traced the authors of the list to workers from the Department of Workforce Services. Gov. Gary Herbert held a press conference condemning the actions of the “rogue” state employees, as “deplorable.”
“These tactics by these rogue employees to go out and single out individuals and their families and, in some cases, falsely accusing people of an illegal status is deplorable and is counterproductive to the issue that ought to be the focus,” said Gov. Herbert.
As ChattahBox reported on Wednesday, the vigilante group, taking inspiration from Arizona’s harsh anti-immigration law, demanded that the 1,300 “illegals” on the list “attending our schools and entering our public welfare buildings” be deported. The names on the list were nearly all Hispanic and personal medical information was provided, “such as social security numbers, the names and dates of birth of the children and the due dates of pregnant women.”
The nature of the personal medical information led investigators to the state agency that administers Medicaid, children’s health insurance benefits, prenatal care for pregnant women and food stamps for legal residents and the children born to illegal citizens.
Two state workers have been placed on leave and others are suspected. The results of the investigation is being forwarded to the attorney general’s office for prosecution.
Kristen Cox, executive director of DWS warned ‘rogue’ employees of the consequences of illegally accessing and making public, state records.
“We feel very confident that we have identified the core group,” she said. “The people we’ve identified certainly have strong political opinions and have frustration around the issue of immigration. … If they want to go rogue, they need to quit the department.”
U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis released a statement to reassure individuals seeking state and federal services that their private information would be safeguarded.
“No one, regardless of race, gender or ethnic background, should fear that by applying for government benefits or programs, he or she is at risk of having personal information revealed. The unauthorized release of such information is against the law, and the perpetrators should be punished.”