Christie says foreign visitors should be tracked like FedEx packages

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Chris Christie Proposes Tracking Immigrants the Way FedEx Tracks Packages.

New Hampshire: With his rivals embracing aggressive stands against illegal immigration, New Jersey Gov. 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.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. 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 aeroplane,” Christie said while campaigning in Laconia, New Hampshire. “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.” The remark elicited laughter and some clapping from the crowd, but it 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.

Already, some Twitter users have sarcastically remarked that the candidate might want to mark each immigrant with indelible symbols for easier electronic scanning. 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. 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.

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. 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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