Chris Christie Proposes Tracking Immigrants the Way FedEx Tracks Packages

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Chris Christie Proposes Tracking Immigrants the Way FedEx Tracks Packages.

One of the few Republican presidential hopefuls who hadn’t been espousing crazy ideas about immigration apparently did not want to get left behind. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said 40 percent of illegal immigrants are allowed into the United States legally with a visa and then overstay their visit.Christie, who is well back in the pack seeking the Republican nomination for president, told a campaign event in the early-voting state of New Hampshire that, if elected president, he would ask FedEx’s chief executive officer, Fred Smith, to devise the tracking system. Immigration has become a top issue in the Republican campaign, with front-runner Donald Trump vowing to deport all the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants and to build a wall along the southern border. “At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is.

It’s on the airplane,” Christie said at a town hall even in Laconia, N.H. on Saturday. “Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them.” “So here’s what I’m going to do as president: I’m going to ask Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, to come work for the government for three months, just come for three months to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and show these people.” Smith is the father of Christie spokeswoman Samantha Smith, notes CNN. Yet this latest remark “shows again how serious the Republican field of presidential contenders is about catching up to billionaire Donald Trump, whose campaign has been built in part on such tough talk,” notes the Washington Post. Christie has been lagging in recent opinion polls and is in danger of not making the top 10 candidates who will participate in the next official Republican debate, on 16 September.

With real estate mogul Trump taking a hard line on illegal immigration, other Republican candidates in the 2016 White House race have sought to toughen their stances as well. Christie did not say specifically how the system he proposes would track people the same way packages are tracked by FedEx, which scans a bar code on the package at each step in the delivery process.

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