At a town hall in Laconia, New Hampshire, on August 29, 2015, presidential candidate and governor of New Jersey Chris Christie added a new aspect to his immigration policy. The candidate, whose campaign slogan is “Telling It Like It Is,” told the audience that immigrants should be tracked the same way international shipping company FedEx tracks its packages.
“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,” he said. “Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them. So here’s what I’m going to do as president. I’m going to ask Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, to come work for the government for three months. Just come for three months to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and show these people.”
He said that 40 percent of undocumented immigrants are people who entered the United States on a visa and overstayed the designated time, and continued on to say: “We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in. And then when your time is up—whether it’s three months, or six months, or nine months, or 12 months, however long your visa is—then we go get you and tap you on your shoulder and say, ‘Excuse me. Thanks for coming. It’s time to go.’”
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