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"Save America" Causing Concern for Hispanic Community

"Save America" Causing Concern for Hispanic Community

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Samantha Hayes reporting An organization that calls itself "Save America" is causing great concern among members of Utah's Hispanic community.

The group says it wants to stop illegal immigration. But at tonight's meeting, some felt the tone was too extreme.

The organizer of "Save America" says it is simply a group of concerned Utah citizens bringing attention to what is a national issue. But minorities in the meeting tonight say the group's message crosses the line.

For Barry Hatch, one issue in America rises above all others: illegal immigration.

Barry Hatch: "It may sound a little strong but its a nation we are talking about."

Hatch has been called many things, including a racist, but he likes to call himself a patriot.

Barry Hatch: “Basically I’m paul revere. I came from California to tell people in Utah that the most powerful state, California, has been taken over, conquered by 3rd world nations."

Tony Yapias/Director of Hispanic Affairs: “Just looking at their information they have its clear to not just me but members in our community that there are a lot of racial overtones here."

Barry Hatch: “The roads are in bad condition, the homes are in bad condition, they don' t need to come up here."

Illegal immigration is a controversial issue. In an exclusive Survery USA Poll for KSL-TV, 39 percent of Utahns say iIlegal immigrants living in the U.S. should be allowed to apply for permanent residence. 55 percent say they should not.

Martin King/attended meeting: “We should be busy bringing democracy and our constitution to these other countries, so they don't have to leave their homes and come here."

Many minority groups believe "Save America" is targeting individuals rather than the issue itself.

Tony Yapias/Director of Hispanic Affairs: “One of the things this group is doing, more than anything is instilling fear and bigotry in our community and what we want to do is work toward a solution to the problems."

Our survey of Utahns also found that 72 percent disagree with allowing illegal immigrants to obtain drivers' licenses...which is done in Utah. Also..63 percent feel the United States' policies on immigration from Mexico are too lenient.

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