July 16th, 2010
08:21 PM ET
10 years ago

Utah says 2 state workers involved in creating list

(CNN) - The Utah Department of Workforce Services said Friday it has identified at least two employees believed to be involved in creating a list containing the personal information of a purported 1,300 alleged illegal immigrants.

"At this point we don't think it was a very large conspiracy. We think it was two, maybe. We have suspicion of a couple of more people, a very small group," said Kristen Cox, the executive director of the Department of Workforce Services.

"Release of such private, sensitive information is deplorable," Gov. Gary Herbert said in a news release. "We immediately took action to discover the origins of this list, and I'm pleased with the hard work of the Department of Workforce Services. When someone does business with the state of Utah, they deserve to know that their private information will be kept private."

Herbert told CNN's John King on Friday night that the 1,300 people have Hispanic names and not all of them are in the state illegally.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. thor

    This is exactly what has most people in our country frosted !!!! I don't condone what these two people did. However,for Gov.Herbert to get himself in an uproar against these two individuals and not to do a darn thing about thousands of illegals in his state is borderline insanity.This governor needs to be shown the door and replaced with someone that will do his job correctly.

    July 16, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. jeremy..Big D..Tx

    These state employees will be in more trouble than the alleged illegal immigrants. They broke the law. Sorry Utah.

    July 16, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. La Piovra

    This violation of trust by public employees will, like the pending Arizona law, make it increasingly difficult for government agencies to carry out legitimate and necessary functions – and not among immigrants or even minorities only. Who is going to report an illness, a rape, a hate crime, or their religious or ethnic affiliation if they think they are going to be "outed" any time and held up to public retribution and ridicule? Everything from mental health to disease control to an accurate census will become impossible to achieve. I hope these people are made examples of, under state and federal law.

    July 16, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. CHUCK

    Here we go. Now the nightmare begins.

    July 16, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. Seattle Sue

    Legal or illegal, doest matter to right wing racists. Republicans and/or Tea Party people are for a master race just as the Nazi party was in the 20' s and 30's.

    July 16, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. Pat

    Criminal charges should definitely be filed. Also, if they're in any way connected to the Mormon church, serious further investigation is warranted in light of their recent involvement against groups of people with whom they don't agree.

    July 16, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. darko

    "...1,300 people have Hispanic names and not all of them are in the state illegally."

    ...just most of them?

    If your Department of Workforce Services worked as hard to identify illegals that have faulty or stolen S.S. numbers then you'd have something to congratulate yourself for.

    July 16, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. hope for change

    Is this upside down or what? Americans getting in trouble for compiling a list of illegal aliens! Oh, the audacity!

    July 16, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. key

    have the state workers ever heard of HIPPA. Its the law and they just put the great state in jeopardy. Private information can't be given out for bigotry. Some of people were legal citizens

    July 16, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  10. Jim in Florida

    Release of personal information on illegals is NOT deplorable – good god – they are here illegally – what are they still doing here?

    Release of private info on citizens or those here legally IS deplorable.

    Let's make a distinction here.


    July 16, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. JeremyW

    We need more of these illegal immigrant lists

    July 16, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  12. Gasstationman

    The employees should be fired!

    July 16, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. Tim

    Publish the list, they don't belong here. They have no rights here, they are here "illegally".

    What a joke, who cares. If we had a database of people here illegally, maybe they'd leave.

    July 16, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. Donna A. Reuter


    July 16, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  15. Wake Up

    I hope these two are escorted to the unemployment line quickly to experience what it's like to be without a steady paycheck and the state employee health benefits.

    July 16, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  16. Tim

    My favorite part of this whole conversation is that the federal government only pursues criminal aliens. By definition, someone who is breaking the law is a criminal. Someone in this country illegally is breaking the law, and is a criminal. Liberals like to redefine a whole bunch of things, like the meaning of life, marriage, and criminal.

    July 16, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  17. DENNA

    It always amuses me that we Americans think that God loves us and blesses us because we're so swell. With the way we are behaving in regards to illegal immigrants, we are lucky that he doesn't annihilate this country. Remember how Sarah Palin said that the Republicans would win the election because God wanted them too? Well, maybe not so much. We need to be better people or I am afraid that the God the CONservatives claim to love is going to destroy us. Remember, "illegal aliens" are God's children too.

    July 16, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  18. todd

    Well yea, if they are illeagal they got to go!

    July 16, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  19. George of the jungle

    Hey down in Mitts stomping grounds. Wonder if these two are tea baggers? Hum Maybe ol orin can straighten this out. Sounds like repo pranksters to me . Thoses silly wing nuts. Just out to have fun

    July 16, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  20. jabie1493

    wowww yeah he doesnt agree with what they did than go on to say that some of them are illegal and of course most are hispanic. What sad is that most of the country would probably agree with the measure.

    July 16, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  21. kuzinjethro

    Oh yeah!! Let's go after the people that compiled the list and not the "alleged" illegal immigrants. The governor of this state needs to be slapped. Alleged illegal immigrants my arse.

    July 16, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  22. borisjimbo

    Let me guess; it was that same two bright people who created that edited video that made ACORN look like white slavers, eh?

    July 16, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  23. u2canfail

    The witch hunt again, is this Salem? 1692 Or are we a country of laws?

    July 16, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  24. HeIsGod

    Put these 2 evil people in jail!!!!!!

    July 16, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  25. Bill from GA

    Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. "We think it was two, maybe." Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge

    July 17, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
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