Texas Raid Rocks Other Polygamists

Similar communities in Utah, Ariz., fear they might be next on list
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2008 10:40 AM CDT
Mary Batchelor, director of the advocacy group Principal Voices, left, speaks at a pro-polygamy rally Monday, April 14, 2008, in Salt Lake City.    (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
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(Newser) – The raid on the Texas compound of a polygamist sect has similar communities worried, reports the New York Times. Groups of polygamists belonging to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints live along the Utah-Arizona border and many fear that the crackdown on their Texas brethren means they could be next as the federal government leans on states to get tough on illegal practices.

"They think they’re going to be next—that there’s so much pressure being brought on me that I’m going to raid them,” said Utah's attorney general. He and his Arizona counterpart plan to address a town hall meeting tonight to inform concerned FLDS members that the states don't plan any mass arrests—but that child abuse in their communities will not be tolerated.