A list disseminated in Utah by an anonymous group called Concerned Citizens of the United States is sparking all kinds of controversy. The list, distributed by mail to various law enforcement agencies and media organizations, contains the names, addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers of 1,300 supposed illegal immigrants in the state. In six cases, the due dates of pregnant women are also listed.
Utah’s governor has called for an investigation into the matter to determine if confidential state records were accessed inappropriately. Meanwhile, a state representative drafting Utah’s version of Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 called the list the wrong approach to dealing with immigration.
The accuracy of the list is uncertain. The Salt Lake Tribune contacted people on the list; two women claimed to be in the country legally. Another woman, contacted by KSL, says her citizenship ceremony is scheduled for August.
Obviously, this has shades of McCarthy-era vigilantism all over it. Will historians look back on this period of U.S. history and call it the Brown Scare?