When New Jersey governor and presidential aspirant Chris Christie recently called for a system to track immigrants the way FedEx tracks packages, there were howls of indignation from predictable sources. One was Raul Reyes, a third-generation Mexican American who sits on the USA Today board of contributors.
Christie made the mistake of failing to provide details right away. That left a vacuum that Reyes filled with a nightmare scenario from his imagination.
"Possible solutions might encompass ankle bracelets or perhaps a FedEx-like label?" he wrote on the CNN website. "Just imagine the response from foreign governments if we told them that visitors to this country were to be tagged or fitted with an electronic device."
Christie appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program Tuesday morning to explain.
Said Christie, "We don't need to put labels on people. … We don't have to put a bar code on you. Someone on another network asked me if I was going to put a chip in people."
No one on the program pointed out that the system wouldn't do much good if a visa overstayer doesn't apply for a government service.
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