Christie: 'We Should Bring in the Folks From FedEx' to Curb Illegal Immigration

By Susan Jones | August 31, 2015 | 7:39am EDT
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says FedEx could help the government use package-tracking technology to track people who overstay their visas. (AP File Photo)

( - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he agrees that people are not packages, but he stands by his statement that FedEx could help the federal government better use technology to track people who are in the country illegally.

"Let's use the same type of technology to make sure that 40 percent of the 11 million people here illegally don't overstay their visas," Christie told "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace. "If FedEx can do it, why can't we use the same technology to do it?

"We can do it," he insisted. "And we should bring in the folks from FedEx to use the technology to be able to do it. There's nothing wrong with that. And I don't mean people are packages. So let's not be ridiculous."

Speaking the day before in New Hampshire, Christie mentioned that his daughter had just returned to college:

"And invariably, we'll get a call from her in the next week or two, saying, 'Oh, I forgot this' -- fill in the blank, whatever it is -- 'and I need it tomorrow.'

"So we'll go to Fed Ex, right? And we'll package it up and we'll drop that package at FedEx, and we go online, and 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, it's back at another station, it's back on the truck, it's at our doorstep -- she just signed for it.

"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, come work for the government for three months. Just come over for three months to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and show these people -- 'cause guess what, of the 40 million people who are here illegally, 40 percent of them didn't come in over the southern border. Forty percent of them came in legally with a visa and overstayed their visa.

"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 or 12 months -- however long your visa is,  then we go get you and tap you on the shoulder and say, 'Excuse me, thanks for coming -- time to go.'"

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