Not to be outdone in the anti-immigration rhetoric that has been dominated the GOP presidential race in recent weeks, today presidential candidate Chris Christie suggested that legal immigrants could be tracked like FedEx packages. Specifically, he was referring to people who come into the US on visas, so that they can be tracked.
It is estimated that about 40% of the undocumented population are people who have overstayed their visa.
Christie told voters in New Hampshire, “At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It’s on the truck. It’s at the station. It’s on the airplane. Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them.”
With Donald Trump leading in the GOP race and having made immigration a focal point of his campaign since its inception, Christie’s remarks represent an attempt to sound tough on immigrants. Christie’s FedEx tracking idea doesn’t do anything to address the problem of the existing 11 million undocumented immigrants who are currently in the country. And employing some sort of electronic tracking device that is attached to actual humans would probably be widely condemned as inhumane.
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