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‘State employees behind illegal immigrant list? – Campbell Brown – CNN.com Blogs’

(CNN) Utah officials have identified at least two state employees who are believed to be involved in creating a public listing of some 1,300 purported illegal immigrants.

Two employees of Utah’s Department of Workforce Services (DWS) have been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the full investigation. The workers could face fines, termination and/or criminal charges.

Following the document’s release, Governor Gary R. Herbert directed all state agencies to conduct an internal review. The DWS quickly drew attention in light of its database, containing data for Medicaid, food stamp programs and unemployment benefits. That type of information was discovered on the list.

“When someone does business with the state of Utah, they deserve to know that their private information will be kept private,” Herbert said Friday.

The investigation comes on the heels of the 29-page list’s release on Tuesday by a group calling itself Concerned Citizens of the United States, which sent the list to several media outlets, government agencies, and lawmakers. The list contained highly personal information, including Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers and even the due dates of expectant mothers. An accompanying memo urged publication of the list and immediate deportation of those mentioned. Citing privacy concerns, all media outlets opted to withhold the names.

Herbert urged Utah lawmakers – some of whom recently began discussing a new immigration law mirroring one recently approved in Arizona – not to harp on the issue to further their political agendas.

“This is a serious public policy matter that should be discussed in a rational and reasonable manner,” Herbert said. “This ‘list’ is not something that should be used for political gain, which is something we have seen over the past week. I encourage everyone, no matter their views on immigration, to approach this with respect for all people and points of view.”

via State employees behind illegal immigrant list? – Campbell Brown – CNN.com Blogs.

WOW!  State employees behind the list… who saw that one coming?  After releasing this list to news agencies, residents, and government officials, we find that the real problem is that the government is stumbling through immigration reform instead of actively creating a pathway that works!

What this has done is created hostile citizens and non-citizens that find that they are on the list.  This is exactly like what is happening over in Arizona, as we all know to well.  The rising of deaths in the Arizona desert because of the heat, and more people are coming because of many reasons, one could be the increase in violence happening within the drug industry in Mexico.

I’m sorry to those that are affected by this list.  Both the people that are on it, and the people who think that identifying the people on this list will serve some sort of greater purpose.  Equal Rights For All!

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