Chris Christie has a take on solving the immigrant problem and while doing so he may look like a candidate in a glass house throwing stones. Christie believes that if FedEx can track a tiny package from point A to B, then the federal government should be able to track immigrants just as easily. Of course packages don’t have a mind of their own and people do, but that doesn’t seem to factor into this.
It is what he said in his next breath that really confuses the issue, he said that all this talk about “anchor babies” is making the Republican Party look “unfairly hostile to immigrants,” really? But suggesting that the government track people like packages to keep them in your scope is a kind way to treat folks?
While Christie doesn’t have the schematics for this plan, he has to know that the only way FedEx can track items is by using barcodes. How does one propose to barcode immigrants as they are live human beings and not items?
Christie offered up his idea to a group of folks in a town hall venue while in New Hampshire over the weekend. He has the training for this already in mind, according to CNN News on August 30. Christie said, “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.”
There’s no doubt immigration is a big problem in the U.S. but most candidates are eyeing the illegal immigrants who have done horrific crimes for the reason immigration needs fixing today, which is a valid point. But insulting an entire group of people who are here in the nation illegally isn’t the best move. It is making candidates look down right mean.
Still immigrants are people and suggesting tracking them like packages is almost as insulting as Hillary Clinton saying that the Republicans want to put the illegal immigrants in box cars to bring them back home. “Buses or box cars,” was what the Democratic hopeful said, which brought an immediate cringe over many folks hearing this as it is reminiscent of the Holocaust.
According to The Blaze, Clinton’s traveling press secretary, Nick Merrill denied that her “boxcar” comment was a reference to the Holocaust. He also noted that Jed Bush used that in one of his speeches. Bush said in late June when making a point on immigration, “I don’t think our country is going to be the kind of country that puts people on boxcars and sends them away.”
Donald Trump, who remains the front-runner of candidates from the Republican Party who is vying for the Oval Office, made immigration one of his talking points and he wants to do nothing more or nothing less than build a wall. He doesn’t want to give immigrants a barcode or put them in boxcars, he just wants the U.S. to be the keeper of its own gate.
While Christie, Clinton and Bush do their best to try and discredit Trump’s ideas on immigration, they are saying things that sound awful when talking about other human beings. From barcodes to boxcars, the candidates trying to get ahead are really throwing some insults to the folks who are illegal immigrants who have never harmed anyone. While the nation needs a fix, there’s no need to insult the illegal immigrants while doing so.