Immigrants in Utah Targeted When Personal Info Leaked to Public

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A list containing the names and personal information of 1,300 Utah residents, who an anonymous group claims are undocumented immigrants, has been released to law enforcement, state agencies and media outlets, igniting fear among the state's Latino community.

The group, who call themselves Concerned Citizens of America, released the list on Monday and Tuesday along with a letter, urging immediate action be taken to deport the individuals listed and that their names be published by the media. Tony Yapías, former director of the Utah Office of Hispanic Affairs, told Fox News that he has received innumerous calls from people wondering if they’re on the list. "They’re feeling terrorized," he said. "They’re very scared."

The specificity of the information that has been leaked is disconcerting: social security numbers, birth dates, workplaces, addresses, phone numbers, names of children, and even due dates of women on the list who are pregnant are included.

Although some have questioned whether the state of Utah is somehow involved with the release of this information, a spokeswoman for Gov. Gary R. Herbet of Utah told the New York Times Wednesday that an investigation has begun to determine if state employees are responsible for providing the list’s private information. 

Intentionally releasing information from state records is classified as misdemeanor, but the information regarding pregnancies violates federal medical privacy laws, which is a felony. Calls from Latina.com to Governor Herbert's office about these claims have not been returned.

For more on SB 1070, Arizona, the latest on the immigration crisis and tips on how you can get involved in the debate, visit Latina.com's Call to Action page here.

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