The Colorado Supreme Court issued an important decision that caused great anger among the Colorado Hispanic community. An investigation was launched by Colorado authorities after a man told police that his identity had been stolen and he believed the identity theft occurred from a tax preparation agency that catered to the Hispanic community. Police obtained a search warrant and seized the tax records of the agency. Under federal law, tax returns are confidential. Police seized thousands of pages of tax returns and were able to uncover about 1,300 people who were using false identities. Dozens of people were arrested and many were actually deported. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the search warrant was flawed because it was overly broad and did not state the identity of specific names or specific individuals. The tax preparation agency catered to a heavily Hispanic population in an agricultural part of Colorado. Illegal aliens, even though they are here illegally, are still required to pay income taxes. If the court had ruled otherwise, it would have given law enforcement a new and powerful tool to investigate and prosecute illegal aliens.
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