Christie defends comparing tracking immigrants to FedEx

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Chris Christie: Let’s Track Immigrants Like FedEx Packages.

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 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. There’s nothing wrong with that.” Christie said on Saturday that if elected president, he would use a FedEx-like system to make sure visitors who enter the United States legally on visas depart the country when their time is up. Package delivery companies like FedEx and United Parcel Service Inc use bar-coded labels to record the movements of parcels through sorting facilities to delivery.

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. Some say the federal government could address the problem by sending visa holders text messages when their stay is ending and by recording their departures from all ports and border crossings. “There’ve been very spotty, half-hearted efforts at doing exit tracking,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a nonpartisan group that favours a tighter policy. 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.

He doesn’t endorse constructing a fence alongside the U.S. border with and has advocated for a stronger E-Confirm system to carry employers who rent unlawful staff accountable for his or her actions. 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.

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