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Utah Agency at Heart of Undocumented List Leak

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Posted on Jul 16, 2010
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Investigators believe the list of 1,300 individuals was leaked by a Utah state agency.

A list of 1,300 allegedly illegal immigrants has been given to Utah media and state policymakers—a list that includes individuals’ first and last names, Social Security numbers, addresses, and even pregnancy due dates—and many are looking to a particular state agency as the culprit for the leak.

The state’s current investigation is focusing on the Utah Department of Workforce Services after it was learned that all of the information provided on the list was available through that agency’s databases. —JCL

CNN:

Utah officials are trying to determine whether government data were used to compile a list of more than 1,300 alleged illegal immigrants that included contact information, Social Security numbers and pregnancy due dates.

A state investigation is focusing on the Utah Department of Workforce Services, Gov. Gary Herbert’s office said Thursday, because all information on the list is contained within that agency’s database. Information from the investigation may be turned over to state prosecutors, a statement from the office said.

“They have very strong leads, first to indicate that it came from that agency and now it’s just a process of drilling into the information a little deeper,” governor’s spokeswoman Angie Welling told CNN-affiliate KSTU.

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By call me roy, July 17, 2010 at 12:09 pm Link to this comment

The problem is what?

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By Peter Knopfler, July 16, 2010 at 9:33 pm Link to this comment

That is correct Carl, truth dig does have some predictable responses, I find them amusing,
Its been a while since I last was in Salt Lake couldn`t get a beer at the airport.
Yes Utah wants to maintain a MORMON Profile no room for Catholic invaders!
Lets tell the truth,
most Americans are with Arizona, most over 40 years old, and baby boomers, are 2nd ammendment fans. Protect Yourself is the MOTTO, the FEDs won`t do it. Obamanation is a amnesty nation, Obama said"America is not defined by it`s borders”, good luck Utah- Book Of Mormon and Arizona-sheriff Arpio, good luck, happy hunting.

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By jean gerard, July 16, 2010 at 1:41 pm Link to this comment
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Sick and dying in the Land of NOT:

Of course Americans are more “entitled” to public services than Foreigners
because it is American money that pays and it comes out of American
taxpayers’ pockets.  So to hell with Foreigners even though they may be just as
human, even if pain and illness hurt them just as much and their need is as
great or greater than American needs. Even though we could afford to pay for
all of it if we stopped killing people in Afghanistan.  Let Foreigners go back
where they came from even though that place is too poor to provide them with
any care at all. 

I do not want American money to be spent on Foreigners. American money is
for Americans.  However, if I happen to be working and paying taxes in a
foreign country sometime and I get sick or have an accident, or want to send
my kids to a foreign school for a while, I hope that country has provided those
services for me because I just might not have enough money to pay for them
myself—if I am broke or out of work or have no friends and relatives I can call
upon to help me out. 

NOT   NOT   NOT   NOT   NOT   NOT   NOT   NOT   NOT   NOT   NOT   NOT   NOT

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By cynner, July 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment
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The data was sent to the media and some government offices.  The state gov is quoted as saying,  “...immense hypocrisy to take someone to task for being illegal and doing so by breaking the law”.

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By jean gerard, July 16, 2010 at 10:52 am Link to this comment
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My name isn’t on that list.  Why not?

Because my grandfather crossed the border out of Germany and landed on the
shores of Pennsylvania some years ago when getting out was important but
getting in was no problem.  He was “illegal” in the sense that he voluntarily
gave up his birth rights, hoping to find a better livelihood in a country that
needed workers.

He was able to stay, though he suffered some “impressment of labor”
difficulties, moved west, took up free land and put down roots.  During World
War I he was socially discriminated against in the hysteria of anti-German rage,
but, passing through that, he became a “respectable” citizen with a definite
accent, and, as a farmer, an unspoken second-class status.  My mother spoke
only German until she started school. Fortunately,  the Constitution was written
to accommodate their inclusion.

The argument is that then there was room; now there isn’t.  Then there were
jobs; now there aren’t.  But this is only partly true. If we were genuinely
interested now in “inclusion” (as rich as this country is) we could stop wasting
billions on wars in the Middle East and spend it on development of this country
in such a way that borders and rules of entry would be fairly regulated,
nondiscriminatory and orderly. There would be plenty of jobs.

Life-and-death decisions should not be legitimized when based merely on
whose grandfather got here first, and panicky rejection does not lead to
democratic government.

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By Carl, July 16, 2010 at 10:31 am Link to this comment

I understand the outrage cited in this article. If I snuck into a foreign nation and committed fraud by collecting funds intended for their poor citizens, I would be angry to think someone had IDd me. Have they no decency! I would be afraid of this “terrorist” tactic. Can’t they just leave criminals alone!

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By Carl, July 16, 2010 at 10:08 am Link to this comment

The data was compiled of foreigners illegally receiving government benefits intended for poor Americans. It was a list of criminals, sent to law enforcement agencies. Why did “truth dig” not mention that critical fact?

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