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.”

Republican state lawmakers, with Gov. Herbert’s support are planning to enact an anti-immigration law similar to Arizona’s SB 1070, which has unleashed a wave of bigoted nativism.


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  3. Montana on July 21st, 2010 5:43 pm

    The Tea Bag Party are just “haters not debaters” or as others have dubbed them “screamers not dreamers”, with their failed attempts at stopping Healthcare reform, they say they respect the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence but they do not mind passing laws, through weak Governors (no one voted for this crazy) who only cares about getting elected Governor, on the backs of undocumented workers, and this law will not pass Constitution muster. I love the way our President of the United States, side set the trap, and stilled filed a lawsuit against Arizona, too sweet (what Arizona no “Plan B”?).

    Brewer signed into law;
    1. S.B. 1070,
    2. No permit conceal weapons law,
    3. The famous Birthers law,
    4. Banning Ethnic studies law,
    5. Banning human-animal hybrid (aren’t most GOPers crossed with the Reptilian race?) or are they just giving Laurence Gonzales, some great promotion material for his new book “Lucy”.

    6. Could she be behind the Mural in Prescott, Arizona, ordered to be whiten,
    7. On deck to pass, no citizenship to babies born to undocumented workers,

    8. If she can read she should look up Arizona’s House Bill 2779 from two years ago (which was un-constitution and failed when legally challenged),
    9. The boycotted Martin Luther King Day, what idiots don’t want another holiday? Yes, you guessed it Arizona.

    Well Arizona, you can boycott new holidays and keep passing crazy laws and the rest of us will continue to challenged them in a court of law and continue to add cities to our Boycott of your state.

    I real cannot believe anything that comes out of Brewer’s mouth, in an interview she first said her father had died in Germany fighting the Nazi in World War II (war ended 1945) but of course we find out the truth that father was never in Germany and died in California in 1955. But we are suppose to believe everything else she says, right! No one voted for you for Governor, yet you keep listening to the tiny brains of the crazies and signing into law everything that comes into their feeble minds, it only make you look dumb, stupid or racist, or maybe all three.

    As for the Tea Bag Party, their phony patriotism is sickening; they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, energy (remember Cheney’s secret meetings with oil companies where loosening regulation and oversight were sealed), climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion) of their party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions).

    The Birthers and the Tea Bag party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and people like Hamilton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it’s about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits and the crazy Birthers who have not learned that the way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, do you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called “Internet facts”. Let’s face it no one will take the Birthers seriously until they win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. I heard that Orly Taitz now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, that is like saying that the Catholic Church cares about the welling being of children in their care, too late for that. Yee Haw!

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