If elected (a big “if”), Christie said yesterday, “he would combat illegal immigration by creating a system to track foreign visitors the way Fed Ex tracks packages. So his plan is to reduce immigrants to the status of a package. Demeaning maybe?
Christie added that “he would ask the chief executive of FedEx, Frederick W. Smith, to devise the tracking system.” Embed a GPS chip or use an ankle bracelet? Both can be easily discarded. How to track down 12 million non-citizen immigrants? How much would be the cost? Who else might be able to access the location of an immigrant? All U. S. government agencies? Stalkers? Scammers?
A natural next step would be to expand the program to perceived enemies of the government – one which would gain National Security Agency’s (NSA) immediate and enthusiastic support. Rally protesters could quickly have a bracelet installed. All Muslims could be ordered to report to a local department of health to have a chip inserted. Union officials would be required to have both a chip and a bracelet. People who own guns, of course, would mostly be excluded.
Although there are some problems with your proposal, the fact that it is coming from you must make it a great idea. Once you have relinquished your quest for the presidency, you will undoubtedly be welcomed back by New Jerseyans impressed with this forward-looking initiative and eager to implement it here.