In a fairly extraordinary speech, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, home of Newark airport, is adding a new twist to the US immigration debate. He has compared people entering the US lawfully to packages about which he says, “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.”
His concern appears to be people with valid US visas for entry to the country who simply overstay and hence become illegal. Apparently this group represents 40% of illegal immigrants the Governor says.
What, I wonder would this mean for for visitors to the US, with visas and on the visa-waiver (ESTA) system used by the nationals of many countries?
Reporting to ICE offices, mobile phone tracking, RFID tracking of passports whilst inside the US?
I suspect the Governors position in the polls may have led to this proposal, in an attempt to make him seem tough on immigration.
As for FedEx, to quote the New York Times – “A FedEx spokeswoman declined to comment on Mr. Christie’s remarks.”
I know passengers are often called ‘self loading cargo’ when on aircraft, but I think this comparison to packages is a little strange.