North Texas leaders denounce hateful letter threatening to shoot immigrant IT workers
“We’re trying to verify and follow up with those people to get them connected with law enforcement,” Syed said Tuesday. “Historically, our immigrant community has been a specific target for this.”
Irving police placed a post on social media Monday saying they were investigating a letter received by an Irving resident that threatens to “shoot mercilessly” immigrants of Chinese and Indian descent who work in the information technology fields.
The letter is headed with a message that says — “Return back to you country,” followed by a profane salutation.
“American citizens in IT industry and other professional fields have lost their jobs to many Indians and Chinese,” the letter says. “We asked you to leave the country without further delay. We will have no choice but to shoot mercilessly at work place, in community, on pool or on playground.”
During a press conference held on Facebook Live on Tuesday, Syed encouraged anyone who had received similar correspondence to get in touch with the Irving police or call his organization for assistance.
“This attempt to intimidate and threaten members of ethnic communities has an ugly history in our nation and we must stand united against it,” Syed said.