Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Our Hospitality


Dr. Samuel Keim has a humane and reasonable idea: He wants to launch a temperature-based warning system that will estimate the danger of death for immigrants crossing Arizona’s deserts.

If you’re having a hard time figuring out a downside to this idea, which has the potential to save lives and US medical resources, it’s probably because you’re not a vicious xenophobic crackpot like Barbara Coe:

Barbara Coe, an activist who's conducted civilian patrols of the border in Arizona and elsewhere with the Minuteman Project, excoriated Keim's proposal as "criminal."

"That's called aiding and abetting," said Coe, also founder of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform. "Illegal aliens are criminals.”
And as everyone knows, all criminals deserve the death penalty, without benefit of trial or hope of appeal. It may not be in the Constitution, but it’s probably in the Bible somewhere. And if it’s not...well, that was obviously just an oversight.

By Coe’s logic, an ER surgeon who saves a gang member’s life after a gun battle is “aiding and abetting,” too. After all, if the poor schmuck didn’t want to bleed to death, he shouldn’t have been breaking the law.

But perhaps I’m being a bit unfair to Coe, who hastens to add that “nobody wants anybody to die.”

2 comments:

Debbie said...

I'm glad I ran across your article here, I had not heard about it. But as I said in my post, it is really nothing more than a glorified weather forecast. Also the Border Patrol is basically doing the same thing already, so I don't see why folks are so upset.

I'm against illegal aliens, I just want to know who's crossing the border and make sure some of them are not terrorists. THAT is my big worry. I don't want to see anybody die. Some folks just take this way too far.

Debbie
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Phila said...

But as I said in my post, it is really nothing more than a glorified weather forecast. Also the Border Patrol is basically doing the same thing already, so I don't see why folks are so upset.

Yeah, I agree...it's basically a PSA, when you come right down to it. Can't imagine how that could qualify as "criminal."

I just want to know who's crossing the border and make sure some of them are not terrorists. THAT is my big worry. I don't want to see anybody die.

Neither do I. Like most people, right or left, I think border security is a serious issue. Terrorism isn't my biggest worry - the situation is disastrous on so many other levels - but it's certainly a valid concern. My perception, though, is that as with the administration's refusal to secure New Jersey's chemical plants, big business gets what it wants, and national security be damned.

Thanks for your comment, Debbie. I appreciate it.