The rift between Utah's right and left over The List of purported illegal immigrants is yawning wider. With a state investigation into the list of hundreds of purported illegal immigrants slowly wrapping up, activists for the poor and minorities now are calling for a federal probe into the incident.
Michael Clara, chair of the Utah Republican Hispanic Assembly, says it appears many Utah lawmakers condoned the release of confidential information from state data bases.
"It seems like some of our state officials are borderline complicit in this."
It hasn't been lost on advocates for the poor that two Utah Legislators are pushing legislation that would encourage and legally protect state workers who uncover suspected illegals. And if support for Rep. Stephen Sandstrom's bill becomes a litmus test for conservative credentials, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch may fail:
"They are some of our best people, honest and good. Some of them are not, and the ones that are not are causing a lot of problems for those who are trying to take care of their families."
That sounds like amnesty talk, Orrin.
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