Despite all the outrage lawmakers in Utah supposedly had at the release of the state’s infamous immigrant hit list, at least some seem to be caving into conservative pressure. At least three dozen social security numbers from the list are under review by the Utah Attorney General’s office:
> Spokesman Paul Murphy says only two of the 36 numbers on the list were valid. He says the state will investigate to see if any numbers were used fraudulently. >
> The AG’s office is investigating whether two Department of Workforce Services employees compiled the list. The department alleges the employees inappropriately accessed private data to create the list, which was sent to law enforcement and news media. >
> The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah has asked the Department of Homeland Security to condemn the list. A DHS spokesman says the department doesn’t believe the list has been used for any investigations.
The news was announced yesterday, as 200 people rallied at the state capitol building in protest of Arizona’s SB 1070. Utah lawmakers are considering similar legislation, and with the list, they seem to be one step ahead of the game.