The newest Republican game has nothing at all to do with reality. It’s simply about trying to out-Trump Donald Trump by citing the most extreme and unworkable stances, as long as they have something to do with bullying those who have less than their audiences.
During a townhall meeting Saturday morning, Chris Christie, who is grasping at the thinnest straws holding up what’s left of his campaign, suggested that ICE could learn how to track immigrants from Federal Express.
So here’s what I’m gonna do if I’m president. I’m gonna ask Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, come work for the governor for three months. Just come for three months to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and show these people,” Christie said, drawing laughter from the crowd.
We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in,” he continued. “And then when your time is up…then we go get you. Tap you on the shoulder and say excuse me, thanks for coming, time to go.
Source: Huffington Post
Phil Elliott of Time tweeted, “Christie says, if elected, he’ll tap FedEx’s Fred Smith for a 3-month gig to teach how to track immigrants w same efficiency as packages.”
Not coincidentally, Smith’s daughter works for Christie’s campaign, so there might be a some truth to the idea, no matter how horrible it is.
Christie said nothing at all about the logistics of his idea. Fed Ex packages are barcoded. It would be tough to barcode immigrants, especially if we don’t know if that they even exist. I’d rather not give them suggestions on an idea that’s already about as dehumanizing as it gets.
While immigration is a huge rallying cry for Republican xenophobes, it’s a non-issue. Undocumented immigration has been falling since 2001 and is now at net zero, which means there are as many people leaving the country as there are entering.
Americans, by and large, seem to know this. Polls show that Americans view the economy as the biggest problem in America, followed by a general dissatisfaction with the government. Immigration was only named by eight percent of respondents as our biggest problem.
As for Christie’s plan, FedEx has no comment.
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