The State of Utah will probe an illegal immigrant list. The investigation will determine if state employees leaked some 1,300 people’s Social Security numbers. Each of them considered to be illegal immigrant on the list. How did they get leaked and how did the alleged leak become public?
An anonymous group apparently mailed the list to a number of media outlets and to several law enforcement agencies. The list has caused a commotion among the Latino population in Utah. reports that a letter which was enclosed with the list demands that those on the list should be deported immediately.
According to sources, the list not only includes Social Security numbers, but also names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers and even their places of work. Some of those on the list also have their children named. Such personal information even includes due dates for those on the list who are pregnant or expecting children.
Dave Lewis of Utah’s Department of Workforce Services said “We’ve got some people in out technology department looking at it right now. It’s a high priority.” Tony Yapias, a former director of the Utah Office of Hispanic Affairs said of the Latino community “They’re feeling terrorized. They’re very scared.”
The Utah probe of the illegal immigrant list was ordered by Utah Governor Gary Herbert, a Republican. His aim is to find out which, if any, state agency may have leaked the information. The list with the 1,300 names, Social Security numbers, and other personal information was also sent to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. ICE reports having received a similar letter in April but with fewer names.