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Utah Closes In On Origin Of 'Illegal' Immigrant List

Jul 15, 2010

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Utah officials say they've figured out from which state database the names and personal information of 1,300 supposed illegal immigrants were culled to create a list that was sent anonymously to media outlets and state law enforcement officials.

The database belongs to the Department of Workforce Services, the agency which oversees social service programs like unemployment, Medicaid and food stamps.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that state officials are fairly confident they will identify the person or persons who accessed the database to create the list. And they vow that once the person or people are identified, their names will be referred to state attorney general for possible prosecution.

The SLT reported:

Angie Welling, spokeswoman for Gov. Gary Herbert, said the inquiry is now turning to who might have accessed the information on the list.

Welling said the identity of the individual or individuals should be available within the next few days and the case will likely be passed to the Utah Attorney General's Office by Monday.

Paul Murphy, spokesman for Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, said attorneys will review the information and decide whether to pursue the case.

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