New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Saturday offered up a creative solution to the problem of illegal immigration: track immigrants the same way FedEx tracks packages.
“I’m going to have Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, come work for the government for three months,” the Republican presidential candidate said at a town hall event in New Hampshire. “Just come for three months to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and show these people.”
Christie said that 40 percent of undocumented immigrants in the country did not cross the U.S. border with Mexico, but instead came into the country legally on visas.
“We let people come into this country with visas and the minute they come in, we lose track of them,” he said.
He suggested the FedEx model would prevent immigrants from overstaying their visas.
“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 3 months or 6 months or 9 months, 12 months, 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 said.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.