Desperate Christie Tries To Save His Campaign By Treating Immigrants like Packages

Chris Chritie compares immigrants to packages

Like every Republican candidate whose name is not Donald Trump, Chris Christie is desperate to prove he can be just as anti-immigrant as Donald Trump is.

During a town hall meeting on Saturday, Christie decided the best way to appeal to nativists is to promise that he will track immigrants as if they are packages.   More precisely, he promised that a Christie administration would track immigrants the same way Federal Express tracks 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.”

By “coincidence” Fred Smith’s daughter, Samantha, is a Christie spokesperson.

As Rawstory reports, political correspondents live tweeted Christie’s proposal.

Lis Smith, spokesperson for Martin O’Malley’s campaign tweeted an appropriate rebuttle.

According to Rawstory, twitter responses to the idea included questions like if immigrants would be barcoded and would someone have to sign for them.

But, I digress.  Christie went on to explain why he thinks immigrants should be tracked like packages.

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.’

It’s doubtful this will be enough to convince the nativist base that Christie is serious.  For one thing, the idea of tracking immigrants like packages is so yesterday. Virginia Rep. Barbara Cornstock  proposed tracking immigrants like Fed Ex packages back in 2014. Newt Gingrich was the first to compare immigrants to Fed Ex packages, back in 2007.

Of course, Christie wanted to make very clear that just because he compares immigrants to packages, it doesn’t mean he or the Republican party is anti-Immigrant.

He decided the best way to prove that would be to argue that the whole conversation about “anchor babies” makes the Republican Party look like it’s anti-immigrant.

The entire conversation about ‘anchor babies’ is a distraction that makes us sound like we’re anti-immigrant, and we’re not,” he said. “Our party is not that way. We want people to do it legally. Do it the right way.

Unfortunately for Christie, this is the second reason his pledge to track immigrant like packages is unlikely to revive his campaign.

Republicans are anti-immigrant, proud of it and they want a leader who is just as proud to be anti-immigrant as they are.

Aside from the fact that Republicans advocated tracking immigrants like packages for years, this policy isn’t enough when Donald Trump and Scott Walker already promised to build a wall to keep immigrants out.  Moreover, Trump promised it would be a beautiful wall and Mexico would pick up the tab because he says so.  The nativists just love that tough talk.  It’s so authoritarian.  Being pro-immigrant is for wusses like Jeb Bush who even wimped out by clarifying that when he talked about “anchor babies” he meant Asians.

Tracking immigrants like packages just doesn’t cut it when you have candidates pledging mass deportation programs, and shredding the birthright citizenship provision in the constitution. Even trotting out the standard anti-immigrant lines about undocumented immigrants stealing jobs from “real” (white) Americans while simultaneously being a drain on the economy and social programs isn’t enough to satisfy the nativists unless you are willing to back up the rhetoric with mass deportations, turning undocumented immigrants into slaves ,  or shooting them on sight.

Christie went on to prove how far out of touch he is with the voters he hopes to attract with his comments on “anchor babies.”  Perhaps some relatively charitable Republicans will give him points for calling children of undocumented immigrants the politically correct term, “anchor babies.”  Even if he indulged in Republican political correctness, Christie discredited himself by arguing the discussion around the children of undocumented immigrants is a distraction and gives the wrong impression that Republicans are “anti-immigrant.”

If Christie was in touch with today’s Republican base, he would know they are as anti-immigrant as they are anti-Black  and anti-woman. He would know they want a candidate whose policies are as extreme as their nativism.  They want a candidate who goes much further down the dehumanization of immigrants rabbit hole than merely proposing to track immigrants as if being an immigrant is the same as being a Fed ex package.

Even if pro-immigrant Republicans exist, it’s doubtful they will be swayed by Christie’s claim that there is nothing anti-immigrant about treating immigrants like packages or calling the American born children of undocumented immigrants “anchor babies.”

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26 Replies to “Desperate Christie Tries To Save His Campaign By Treating Immigrants like Packages”

  1. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Every Republican running for the Presidency is in trouble except for the one pretending he’s running for President: Donald Trump.

    I think I’ll laugh [winky] ????????????????

  2. Chris Christy has no problems running New Jersey and/or the United States into the ground by giving taxpayer money to his cronies.

  3. just wondering…

    Fed Ex’s original innovation was to fly everything to a central hub (TN) then sort all the packages going to the same destination and consolidate them into several big loads..

    is the Christenberg Blimp suggesting that he would do the same thing with people on visas in order to track them? fly them to central hubs… bar code or RFI chip them and then forward them on to their final destination?

  4. I want to know how he plans on tracking anyone. My guess is microchiping them. Not sure that would ever fly, human rights and all. But it’s good and extreme.

    I had no idea this has been floated before. I’ll have to go read those links.

  5. Why not give that contract to the USPS. They could handle it just fine…

    Oh, that’s right. Christie couldn’t get kickbacks from the USPS like he can from his buddy at FedEx…

    and if it ain’t corrupt, Christie is not interested.

  6. Ugh! Gag me with a shovel.

    Just thinking about someone in the republican party being elected to follow President Obama seems too vulgar and outrageous to conceive. I’m figuratively hanging on to President Obama’s foot screaming, crying, begging and wishing he didn’t have to go.

    Well, I’ll be. It’s true! It’s true!

    Once you go Black…..

  7. I followed both the links, but neither Newt or Cornstock shared “how” the tracking would be done, just that it could be done.

    I guess it will take a reporter to ask the “how” question.

  8. All Christie has to do is shut the Bridge down and start rounding em up. He’s already pretty much shut down the flow through the Tunnels.

  9. I am so beyond sick of this subject, of coming across threads where people joke about frying immigrants on electric fences and deporting Jeb Bush’s wife. The same people that walk into church Sunday morning and pray that their children will be safe and secure are very openly advocating throwing millions of children over a wall into a country where many of them have never even lived. Millions of children will be homeless while they sit in their cushy church pews and congratulate one another on how they’re all going to heaven. It’s utterly contemptible. Even if our nightmares come true and Trump is elected, we all have a moral obligation to fight this with all we have. If nothing else, get out there and vote against these tyrants!

  10. guardianlv.com/2014/04/babies-microch…

    “It is an indisputable fact that implantable RFID chips are possible in humans. They’re already being used now in animals, and some human hobbyists have them implanted in their hands. The technology already exists; that’s without question, but it hasn’t been perfected. So far, legislation has moved away from forced implants, with several states making it illegal for employers to force employees to get microchipped. Despite this, the fact remains that RFID microchipping is a way to identify and potentially track humans, and to have all of the corresponding information stored in a database. Essentially, the microchip would act in a more robust way than smart phones do now: tracking, recording and storing complete information about a person for commercial, medical, identification and possibly, law enforcement purposes.”

  11. I’ve done a little digging, some are saying they could put a chip in their green cards and passports, and require them to check in every so often, or that every time they use the card it would be recorded. I don’t know enough about green cards to know how often they are used.

  12. Passports have a chip on the rear inside cover where the barcode is. They updated them to include that and it made me feel violated when I renewed mine in 2007.

  13. All you have to do is scream “Mark of the Beast”, and the chip controversy comes to a screeching halt. Chris Christie is a pandering idiot.

  14. When this election season finally ends, I hope these moronic statements being made right now will decisively end these politicians’ careers once and for all.

  15. Much ado about nothing. Christie doesn’t actually have a presidential campaign. No one cares about Christie or what he says because no one can possibly think of Chris Christie becoming President of the United States. :)

  16. What does he want to do? Tatoo them like his fellow Nazis in WWII? Shame on him. People are people no matter what else.

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