New Jersey Governor and presidential contender Chris Christie, recently stepped up his “I’m completely insane” game in an effort to keep up with Donald Trump.
On August 30,2015 while attending a town hall meeting in Laconia, New Hampshire, Christie unveiled his plan to track legal documented immigrants who overstay their visas. Here’s what he said:
“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,” Christie told the crowd in Laconia, New Hampshire. “Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them,” he said.
“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. We tap you on the shoulder and say, ‘Excuse me. Thanks for coming. Time to go,'” Christie said.
After facing a firestorm of criticism, Christie lashed out at the “Liberal Media” for twisting his words. He clarified his remarks the next day on FOX News. Here’s what he said:
“I don’t mean people are packages, so let’s not be ridiculous,” the New Jersey governor told an interviewer on Fox News Sunday who pointed out that foreigners do not have labels on their wrists.”
“This is once again a situation where the private sector laps us in the government with the use of technology,” Christie said. “We should bring in the folks from FedEx to use the technology to be able to do it. There’s nothing wrong with that.”
Christie did not reveal any concrete actionable plans for implementing this policy. He did not say how he would pay for it. He has no idea how anything he proposed would actually work.
His plan is the equivalent of your drunk uncle making political statements at Thanksgiving dinner before throwing up, dancing on the dinner table, then starting a fight with a family guest who happens to be an MMA fighter. You know what they say: its not really Thanksgiving without a visit to the ER.
This would be just another funny “Gaffe” if it wasn’t such a dangerous statement. Throughout history governments around the world had used systems to identify and track people who they deemed dangerous or different. During World War II, American interned approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans. During the same time Jews in Germany had to wear special patches, which later became concentration camp tattoos. History is filled with these types of examples.
Right now Donald Trump Leads over 20 points in republican polls, Christie isn’t even close. But we can see the effect Trump is having on the other candidates and its very disturbing to think how this way of thinking could easily gain traction. Here are some videos on this story.