Trying to Find Source of Illegal Immigrant List in UT

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he's asked state agencies to investigate the origin of a list said to contain the names of 1,300 illegal immigrants.

The list was sent anonymously to several media outlets, and law enforcement and state agencies. A letter with the list demands that those on it be deported immediately.

Most of the names on the list are of Hispanic origin. The list also contains highly detailed personal information such as Social Security numbers, birth dates, workplaces, addresses and phone numbers.

The former director of the Utah Office of Hispanic Affairs says his phone has been ringing nonstop with people finding out they're on the list. He says the callers are "feeling terrorized."

The list's release comes as several conservative Utah lawmakers consider sponsoring a tough new illegal immigration law similar to the one passed recently in Arizona.

Meanwhile, an Arizona sheriff known for his tough stance on illegal immigration has told a group of nearly 2,000 Kansas Republicans that his state needs its new immigration law because the federal government isn't doing its job.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio spoke Tuesday night at a rally in suburban Kansas City for Republican Kansas secretary of state candidate Kris Kobach.

Kobach helped write the Arizona law that directs officers to question people who have been stopped for another crime about their immigration status if there's a reasonable suspicion they're in the U.S. illegally.

Arpaio says the law will allow his state to protect its residents.

Several hundreds protesters lined the sidewalk outside the rally. They say the law will lead to racial profiling.

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