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From: Vincent Chiarello [e-mail him]
Re: The Passing of Dr. Madeleine Cosman
The death several weeks ago of Dr. Madeleine Cosman came as a total surprise; I had not heard of her demise through newspaper obituaries.
But that should be no surprise, for, given her fierce determination to address the medical dangers that illegal aliens pose, the media would be unwilling to mention her passing. Her death was due to a rare disease called scleroderma that destroys the connective tissues that support the body.
My introduction to Cosman, an attorney who specialized in the ethical and medical aspects of the law, came about last year when The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons published her article, "Illegal Immigration and American Medicine."
Written in a style that packed powerful arguments backed with statistical data - a lawyer`s brief - Cosman made the case that U.S. Public Health officials were failing (or perhaps refusing) to explain to the general public what medical dangers illegal immigrants posed.
I was so impressed with the article that I sent it to Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA), who read part of it into The Congressional Record. In my appearances before Virginia legislative committees, I used that information to buttress the case made by Cosman: "We may know what illegal aliens carry in their backpacks; we do no know what they carry in their bodies."
Cosman tracked the growing number of illnesses - tuberculosis, often of a virulent nature, leprosy, and even Chaga`s disease, for which there is no known cure - which illegal aliens may bring with them.
Unlike the current political class of both parties who ignore this aspect of illegal immigration, Cosman was unstoppable in her pursuit of the truth.
In financial and medical terms, illegal aliens are bankrupting the places where they swarm. She detailed the catastrophic impact of illegal aliens on the California hospital system, where unfunded mandates demanded by the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act are responsible for the closing of more than 80 hospitals.
When she spoke at Carlsbad, 150 law enforcement agents were sent to prevent potential violence; a clear sign that the other side of this issue does not want to hear the truth.
Dr. Cosman was 68. She will be greatly missed.
Requiescat in pace.
Joe Guzzardi comments: VDARE.COM is late in publishing this tribute to Dr. Cosman. In my many phone conversations and meetings with her, Cosman was gracious and generous with her knowledge. And Cosman had abundant praise and admiration for the work that the immigration reform community does on behalf of all Americans.
Like Chiarello and the rest of us at VDARE.COM, I will miss her too.