State Workers In Utah Fired Over Leaking Immigrant Information

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Last week, a list of alleged "undocumented immigrants" was sent to multiple media outlets and law enforcement officials with a note attached demanding that all of the people named be deported from the U.S.

Now, Utah Governor Gary Herbert says that two female employees of the Utah Department of Workforce Services were responsible for the creation and distribution of the list, and that both will be fired. One worker has already been laid off, the other was given notice that her final workday is soon to come. State officials suspect as many as ten people were involved in creating the list; but only the two will receive disciplinary action. Legal investigations are underway as to whether the two former Utah employees have committed federal crimes, but so far it has been determined that they broke Utah law by intentionally releasing private personal records, which is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

On Tuesday, July 20, Governor Herbert hosted a summit discussion regarding illegal immigration. Utah is currently considering implementing laws similar to the controversial SB 1070 legislation in AZ, which is set to take effect on Thrusday, July 22.

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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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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