GOP’s Christie: Track Immigrants Like FedEx Packages


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday defended his suggestion that the U.S. use FedEx technology to keep track of immigrants living in the country on visas, dismissing critics who say he’s equating people with packages, reports “I don’t mean people are packages,” the Republican presidential candidate said on Fox News. “So let’s not be ridiculous.” While campaigning Saturday in New Hampshire on Saturday, Christie said if elected he would ask FedEx founder Fred Smith to work with the federal government to come up with a system that tracks immigrants from the moment their visas begin.

“And then when your time is up, we go get you and tap your shoulder and say, ‘Excuse me, thanks for coming. Time to go,'” Christie said. A TV host told Christie Sunday that some took issue with the plan, saying “people aren’t packages.” Christie said his point was to use private sector innovations. He said, “If FedEx can do it, why can’t we use the same technology to do it?” A national Democratic official called Christie’s idea “a new low of lows for the Republican field.”

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