DWS hosts first meeting to soothe ‘list' fears


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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Department of Workforce Services is trying to calm fears after the list of purported illegal immigrants surfaced, resulting in the arrest of two employees.

DWS had the first of several meetings Wednesday to talk about concerns from groups that work with the Latino community.

One woman who works with domestic violence survivors say she's concerned undocumented immigrants will be too scared to apply for benefits for their citizen children.

Executive Director of the Utah Health Policy Project Judy Hillman says many things can be learned from the list incident.

"It's a reminder, a long overdue reminder that we need to bend over backwards to help families feel comfortable applying for benefits for their citizen children," she said.

DWS says it's working on ways to safeguard customer information and strengthen new employee training.

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