Names of Suspected Illegal Immigrants Leak in Utah

State government scrambles to find out who's to blame

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 14, 2010 7:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – An anonymous group has released a list of 1,300 Utah residents who, it alleges, are illegal immigrants. The list, which was sent to media outlets, law enforcement, and lawmakers, includes the names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, and in some cases even Social Security numbers of those suspects, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Utah’s governor has ordered an investigation to determine if any state employees helped create or leak the list.

It’s unclear how accurate the list is. The Tribune contacted two women on the list at random, and both said they were in the country legally. Nearly every surname on the list is Latino. The leader of one Hispanic organization decried the list, and amazingly, so did a representative from Utah Minuteman Project, saying the list might disparage actual citizens. But he added that he wished he had that kind of data. Then “I might really be able to report some illegal immigrants to ICE.”

The first two names on the list that the Salt Lake Tribune checked were in the country legally. One said she had recently become a permanent legal resident.   (Shutterstock)
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