GOP Presidential candidate Chris Christie has proposed the tracking of immigrants with trackers the same way Fedex tracks packages. The governor joins the GOP field in taking a hardline stance on the contentious issue of immigration.
The New Jersey Gov. said he would crack down on illegal immigration by having them wear a tracker similar to the one Fedex used to track packages on the go. The Republican presidential candidate said he would request Fedex chief executive, Frederick W. Smith, to help with the tracking devices.
Christie told a Laconia, New Hampshire crowd, “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.”
He went on to say, “We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in.”
There are an estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. Christie reported that over 40 per cent of illegal immigrants were allowed in the U.S. with visas and then went on to stay much longer than was expected.
Christie said, “However long your visa is, then we go get you. We tap you on the shoulder and say, ‘Excuse me. Thanks for coming. Time to go.’ ”
The Fedex system tracks packages with a barcode that can be read and tracked at very points.
Christie was forced to defend his statement later on as opponents termed the idea “ridiculous.” Speaking to FOX news on Sunday, the governor clarified, “I don’t mean people are packages, so let’s not be ridiculous.”
Governor Christie was forced to make his stand known on immigration following the issue taking center stage at the run up to the 2016 presidential elections.
Billionaire Republican Donald Trump said he would build a wall along U.S.’s border with Mexico and force the Mexican government to pay for it while deporting all the 11 million illegal immigrants. Wisconsin Gov. Mike Huckabee said on NBC’s “Meet The Press” that he was open to building a wall along the U.S. Canadian border.
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has taken the opposite stance and promised immigrants citizenship if she won the presidency in 2016.
Immigration has been thrust center stage and voters are getting to listen to various accounts of how the presidential hopefuls would deal with the 11 million migrants resident in the U.S. It remains to be seen whether some of the ideas proposed would ever be put in place given most so far are rather extreme on one side of the issue or another.