Chris Christie wants to track immigrants like FedEx packages

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Chris Christie Says Immigrants Should Be Traceable Like FedEx Packages.

From Donald Trump’s outrageous fantasies about Mexican criminality, to Jeb Bush’s casual use of the term “anchor babies,” it seems like Republican presidential candidates are competing to find new ways to offend a substantial portion of the US electorate. Chris Christie, a would-be Republican candidate for the White House, has called for visitors to the US to be tracked until they have left, as if they were courier packages.At a campaign event on Saturday in Laconia, New Hampshire, Chris Christie announced that, if elected president, he would ask the CEO of FedEx, Frederick W.New Jersey governor Chris Christie pushed back on Sunday against “ridiculous” criticism of his new proposal to track foreign visitors the way FedEx tracks packages, saying the government needs private sector expertise to tackle illegal immigration. “I don’t mean people are packages, so let’s not be ridiculous,” the Republican presidential candidate told an interviewer on Fox News Sunday who pointed out that foreigners don’t have labels on their wrists. “This is once again a situation where the private sector laps us in the government with the use of technology,” Christie said. “We should bring in the folks from FedEx to use the technology to be able to do it.

Declaring that he would hire the FedEx founder Fred Smith to set it up, the New Jersey Governor said: “We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in, and then when your time is up, we go get you and tap you on the shoulder and say, ‘Excuse me, thanks for coming, time to go.’ “At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is,” he said. “Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them.” 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 Sept. 16. Chris Christie said on Saturday that he plans to track illegal immigrants in the same way that FedEx tracks its packages if he is elected president next year. Christie is the governor of New Jersey, the 11th most populous state in the union, where as many as one in five voters are immigrants or the children of immigrants.

Immigration has become a top issue in the Republican campaign, with front-runner Donald Trump vowing to deport all of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants and to build a wall along the southern border. Christie’s campaign spokeswoman Samantha Smith, who is also the daughter of Fred Smith, later clarified the candidate’s comments, telling ABC News, “What he is talking about is better leveraging technology not only in this regard issuing visas to track, but also using drones on the border.” It wasn’t the first time Christie has suggested such tactics to deal with illegal immigration. Trump’s railing about illegal immigrants has prompted other Republicans to talk tougher on immigration but has also rattled Republican party leaders who are desperate to attract support from Latino voters who have Democrat Hillary Clinton’s pledge to seek citizenship for illegal immigrants if elected in 2016. Time to go.’” Christie did not say how exactly the FedEx tracking system, which scans packages’ barcodes, would be used to track undocumented immigrants. Already, some Twitter users have sarcastically remarked that the candidate might want to mark each immigrant with indelible symbols for easier electronic scanning.

For decades, critics have noted that the United States has had massive troubles monitoring foreign visitors who enter the country with legal visas but then overstay their allotted time. They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago. Exactly what percentage of undocumented US residents arrived with visas has been a subject of varying estimates, but Christie’s estimate of 40 per cent generally resembles the estimates that have been offered by researchers at the Pew Hispanic Center and the Department of Homeland Security. Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton pounced on some of social media criticisms of the governor’s comments, retweeting one user who blasted Christie, saying, “These are families like mine you’re talking about. In 2010, in his first months as governor, he favoured securing the border as well as “a common sense path to citizenship for people.” But earlier this year, Christie said he no longer supported the path to citizenship for undocumented residents and, in fact, criticised Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton’s plan as “pandering.” Other Republican candidates have changed their positions on immigration, too, apparently believing that Trump has “touched a nerve” with his vision for an enormous border wall.

In July, a Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that 60 per cent believed that undocumented immigrants should be allowed to become citizens or permanent residents if they pay a fine and meet other requirements. By engaging in the tough talk to win Republican voters, some political analysts say, the candidates may be undermining their chances in the general election.

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