Chris Christie Criticized For Comparing Immigrants To FedEx Packages

| by Robert Fowler

With the Republican primary filled with candidates and the topic of immigration dominating policy discussion, each presidential hopeful is attempting to present a distinctive solution. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s is no exception, and he recently proposed that if elected president, he will implement a system that tracks visa-holding immigrants the same way FedEx keeps tabs on its packages.

Christie has not called for the building of a wall, unlike Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Instead, his plan is to strengthen the U.S. government’s ability to keep track of immigrants who stay in the country even after their visas have expired, ABC News reported. According to a Pew Hispanic Center research done in 2006, these cases account for 40 to 50 percent of those in the country illegally.

Christie asserts that focusing on this specific problem will reduce the number of people in the U.S. illegally.

“That would cut 40 percent of the problem we’ve developed over the last 30 years,” he said during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, according to The Washington Post. 

Christie praised the efficiency of FedEx’s tracking system in comparison to how the United States monitors immigrants.

“At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is,” Christie said. “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.”

Christie has stated that if elected president, he will enlist FedEx President Fred Smith to help Immigration and Customs Enforcement devise a system that tracks visa-holders.

Christie has ties with FedEx founder Smith, whose daughter, Samantha Smith, serves as the governor’s campaign spokeswoman. 

Christie’s plan has drawn some ire, with critics taking issue with the governor comparing immigrants to FedEx packages. His plan has also been criticized for its seemingly invasive monitoring and tracking.

Sources: ABC News, The Washington Post, Yahoo News

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