An anonymous group of “concerned citizens” in Utah have sent a list of people that they suspect might be illegal immigrants including: their names, the names of their children, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, home addresses, and work addresses to media outlets and law enforcement officials. As if that wasn't creepy enough, the list also includes the names of pregnant women, including their specific due dates.
The anonymous and cowardly group named "Concerned Citizens of the United States" demanded that the people named on the list “be deported immediately.”
The group said that it came up with the list by "observ(ing) these individuals in our neighborhoods, driving on our streets, working in our stores, attending our schools and entering our public welfare buildings."
How can they pick out "individuals" who shouldn't be in their neighborhoods?
Not surprisingly the people on the list are Hispanic. I haven't been reading a lot about “concerned citizens” following around the Danish, Swedish, Canadian, Italian, Russian, British, Australian, Austrian, Belgian or Scottish recently to check on their immigration status. No, “concerned American's” tend to über focus on the Hispanic community when they think of illegal immigration.
Already members of Utah's Hispanic community had been increasingly nervous about anti-Hispanic animosity, especially after the controversial Arizona immigration bill became law.
"All of these people are terrified. I don't have words to describe how scared they are. It just breaks my heart what they are telling me,” said Tony Yapias, director of Proyecto Latino and a former state director of Hispanic affairs.
Because of the confidential nature of the information that was released, Gov. Gary Herbert has called for an investigation to see if state employees were involved.
The anonymous group (ironic, yes?) claims to be “concerned” about illegal immigration. However, they don't seem concerned that they might be opening the door to xenophobic vigilante violence. Or identity theft. Please, please, let there be loads of American's on that list. And please, please, let them possess that greatest of American attributes: litigiousness.