WASHINGTON — Donald Trump's extreme line on immigration, which includes his rejection of birthright citizenship and a promise to build a wall along the entirety of the United States' southern border, has pushed other candidates to use similarly tough rhetoric.
Claiming that Trump's wall idea is too 'simplistic,' Christie has channeled his inner-Trump and rushed to announce a new immigration idea of his own. Christie proposes that all foreign visitors and workers in the U.S. be tracked using a FedEx-like system, saying that the government needs private sector technological know-how to deal with its immigration problems.
Christie hasn't released specific information about how foreign visitors would be tracked, however, he wants every foreign visitor that comes into the U.S. to carry an identifying tag that enables the U.S. government to conduct surveillance on each individual and regularly check up on their "status." This mass surveillance will ensure that no one stays longer than the lawful amount of time on their travel or work visa.
Christie has defended his idea against the current barrage of criticism, rejecting notions that it's dehumanizing or impractical.
Unwilling to be outdone, Walker proposes building a wall at the U.S.-Canada border to better secure the United States' 5,525-mile-long northern border. The GOP candidate claims that voters in the north are concerned about terrorists coming in from Canada.