UPDATE: Utah Attorney General Condemns Immigration Knock List

Written by on July 16, 2010 in News Flash with 3 Comments

Utah officials and community leaders reacted swiftly and with revulsion to the announcement this week that confidential state records had been breached to compile a list of more than 1,300 supposedly undocumented people living in Utah, including pregnant women and children. At a press conference this afternoon, State Attorney General Mark L. Shurtleff condemned the list, noting that “some call it a blacklist, but I call it a hit list.” Speaking for himself and on behalf of the governor of Utah, Gary R. Herbert Shurtleff made it clear that the release of confidential information was “not the way we do things in Utah” or in this country. He noted that the state government of Utah is trying to speak with one voice to condemn the release of information, will not be using the list to initiate actions against anyone on it, and roundly criticized those who would use lists, hate mongering and political rhetoric to stir up racism in Utah. Instead, he called on the federal government to continue to work for a truly comprehensive solution to immigration reform. He noted that the governor has called a meeting next week to produce Utah’s recommendations for immigration reform that will help to keep Utah from going down the road of S.B. 1070. Schurtleff is also awaiting results of an internal investigation before determining how many laws at the federal and state level may have been broken and who is subject to prosecution.

Other speakers included Paul Mero, head of the conservative think tank, the Sutherland Institute, who also condemned the list, calling it “reprehensible.” He noted that the “good people of Utah won’t stand for this” and predicted that the list itself may backfire, given the controversy it has created, and serve as a tipping point for a more rational discussion on immigration reform. Mero also noted that he believed support for comprehensive immigration reform represented a tenet of an “authentic conservative position” as fixing the immigration system went directly to what kind of people we are and what kind of world we want to live in.



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  • Victoria Sethunya

    It is reprehensible enough that lack of support for immigration reform by the Utah majority is ostensibly antagonistic to the major religious belief in Utah.

    More reprehensible is running into Utah immigration judges ( largely Melchizedek 7 days a week) tearing or building families of other individuals who have been ” hit” on long before the list administering justice.

    God is not a small boy. Finally everyone all over the world will decide for himself or herself the taste of Utah fruit!

  • Patrick Henseler

    Mary Giovagnoli,

    I found your post on the Utah Attorney General condemning the immigration “hit list” very insightful and gave credit where credit was due. Schurtleff’s timely response to a list intended to create possibly violent mobs was the right move and his comparison of such tactics to those found in Nazi Germany sadly appears to be coming true.

    There is hope. As you pointed out Schurtleff put the ball in the feds courts by mentioning the gravity of this issue makes it one for federal law. The only way that is possible is to have efforts at reform across the aisle. This still seems quite far off, but in the current situation in Utah a joint outcry over the released list from a leader for the Minutemen Project and a local Latino community leader gives signs of light at the end of the tunnel. The following video from Newsy.com gives some voice to all sides of this topic and I think stays relevant to your post by showing the outcry from different leaders as well as Schurtleff. Therefore, I hope you will consider embedding this video.


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  • Victoria Sethunya

    Thank you for the video, Patrick. I would not give any credit to Shurtleff. Dark skin people are arrested and questioned for immigration documents in Utah. Because this sneaky activity has not hit the media, it remains in the dark. From the campaign politics in Utah whereby Shurtleff skipped the audits, I found him to be mysterious. He allowed several factories that hire illegals in Utah to go unquestioned. He allowed Trupiano Law firm ( See Pedromo vs Trupiano in Utah State Federal Court) to prey on immigrants some of whom do not have hope for legal status in the US.

    I give credit to Governor Herbert for preserving some image to the State of Utah. Even though the roundtable did not have a black person in it, at least it is a positive stride in a civilized direction.