Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie on Saturday compared tracking illegal immigrants in the United States to locating FedEx packages, even pledging to ask the company's founder and CEO to temporarily work with his administration to show immigration officials how to do it effectively.
The comments, at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, caused an uproar on social media, Mediate and CNN reports.
"At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is," the New Jersey governor said. "It's on the truck. It's at the station. It's on the airplane. It's back in another station. It's back at 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," he added.
Christie said he would ask CEO Fred Smith to spend three months teaching Immigration and Customs Enforcement staff what to do "because the 11 million people that 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," Christie added. "We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in and then when your time is up … we tap you on the shoulder and say, 'Excuse me, thanks for coming, time to go.'"
Twitter lit up with comments slamming Christie's remarks:
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