A misplaced show of humanity
As reliably as summer follows spring, we can count on the onslaught of editorials from the daily on the need for compassion for illegal desert crossers, many of whom perish as the intense Arizona temperatures rise.
Today’s editorial titled, Our lethal policies, is a case in point.
The reader is implored to recognize that our border policies are responsible for the needless deaths by driving illegal aliens coming into our country, in violation of our laws, further off the beaten paths to avoid detection. This, according to the convoluted reasoning of editorial writer Linda Valdez, accounts for the loss of life of “Husbands. Wives. Sons and daughters.”
Abandoning use of the previously favored term “compassion,” Valdez has employed variations of humanitarian, humanity and humane in this editorial.
Nowhere is the blame for the tragedies placed where it actually belongs: with the corrupt Mexican government that encourages the illegal activity or with the illegals themselves, who surely realize that desert temperatures surge in the summer.
And Valdez conveniently omits the ruthless and escalating crime that accompanies the illegal entrants, who purchase stolen driver’s licenses and social security numbers of American citizens in order to gain employment.
We recently reported on the growing crime of health-care employees with access to children’s files, working for organized gangs that trade in illegal documents and are willing to pay top dollar for the data.
“We have a major problem with workers in medical offices stealing patients’ identities, selling them and making a direct profit,” says Sergeant James Bracke of the Phoenix Police Department.
Theft of children’s identification often goes undetected for years, since they are not in the workforce.
How about showing some humanity for Americans, Ms. Valdez? You know—those “Husbands. Wives. Sons and daughters, ” who are being victimized in their own country.