Utah representatives sponsoring Arizona-style anti-illegal immigration bills get death threats

Posted on February 15, 2011

Two Utah representatives, both sponsoring their own versions of Arizona anti-illegal immigration bills are getting death threats from a group calling themselves the ” United Front for Defense of Immigrants.”

SALT LAKE CITY — Two Utah state lawmakers who support bills similar to Arizona’s SB 1070 said they’ve received possible death threats.

 Republican Rep. Stephen Sandstrom said the Utah Highway Patrol is investigating an e-mail sent Sunday that includes references to assassination and violent revolution.

 It includes images of Che Guevara and an AK-47 and says Utah is a “racist” state.

 The e-mail says it’s from a group called the United Front for Defense of Immigrants.

 Republican Rep. Chris Herrod of Provo said he also received the e-mail. Herrod is sponsoring a bill that would punish employers who hire illegal immigrants.

 Sandstrom is the sponsor of an Arizona-style immigration enforcement law. He also said his car has been vandalized twice in the past week.

 The “United Front for Defense of Immigrants?”  Since when does defending illegal immigrants include death threats against lawmakers with whom you don’t agree? 

Authorities are continuing to investigate and Herrod says he doesn’t plan on backing down, though.   Good for him.  I’m glad he won’t allow himself to be bullied into submission , or coerced from taking a stand.

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