Oh boy. Chris Christie stepped in a hornet’s nest this past Saturday when he suggested that we should track illegal immigrants like FedEx tracks their packages.
“I’m going to have Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, come work for the government for three months. Just come for three months to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and show these people.
You go online and at any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. Yet we let people come into this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them.”
We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in and then when your time is up. However long your visa is, then we go get you and tap you on the shoulder and say, ‘Excuse me, it’s time to go.’”
Christie also added this gem:
“The entire conversation about ‘anchor babies’ is a distraction that makes us sound like we’re anti-immigrant, and we’re not. Our party is not that way. We want people to do it legally. Do it the right way.”
So Christie thinks that being against “anchor babies” makes us sound anti-immigrant but tagging every immigrant (legal or illegal) so we can track them like packages doesn’t sound bad? While I appreciate new ideas on fixing our illegal immigration problems, I don’t think sticking a shipping label on people who want to come here legally is the way to do it.