A letter threatening violence against Chinese and Indian immigrants for “stealing” jobs in information technology from Americans has become the subject of a police investigation in Irving, Texas.
As of this writing, the matter is being treated as an isolated incident, though there are other similar claims.
The letter, titled “Return Back to Your Country,” threatened to “shoot mercilessly” if the groups do not leave the U.S.
“American citizens in IT industry and other professional fields have lost their jobs to many Indians and Chinese. We asked you to leave the country without further delay. We will have no choice but to shoot mercilessly at workplace, in community, on pool or on playground,” it said.
The hate mail, which did not address a recipient, was sent to an apartment unit off Ranchview Drive over the weekend. A person of Indian descent received the letter, according to FOX 4.
However, the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also received similar reports from others. They are currently verifying such claims.
“We’re trying to verify and follow up with those people to get them connected with law enforcement,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter, according to Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Historically, our immigrant community has been a specific target for this.”
The group also called for state and federal authorities to investigate the matter.
“Today we call on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate these hate-filled and threatening letters that were sent to members of the Indian-American and Asian-American communities. 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, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Anyone with information that could lead to an arrest is urged to contact Irving police at [email protected] Those who receive a similar letter can call (972) 273-1010.
“Our criminal intelligence unit is working on this. Our investigators are working on this doing a lot of behind the scenes investigation. And we’re working with the postal inspector to see if we can try to find some of that, that could assist us,” said Officer Robert Reeves, according to NBC DFW.
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