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."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.
"That's called aiding and abetting," said Coe, also founder of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform. "Illegal aliens are criminals.”
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.”