This is a lesson in how not to propose a simply brilliant idea.

Presidential candidate NJ Governor Chris Christie told a New Hampshire audience yesterday that as President, he would enlist Federal Express founder Fred Smith to help ICE officials track non-citizens the way FedEx tracks packages.

FedICE: When you absolutely, positively have to cross the border overnight.


Okay, it has nothing to do with sneaking in over the border, but I just wanted to have an excuse to use that image.

Any old how.

When discussing the large majority of illegal immigration that stems from foreigners overstaying their visas, Christie said this:

“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. Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them.”

We absolutely do need a better way to track non-citizens who are given a visa to enter our country. Christie is not wrong about that.

Under the current lack of enforcement in the Obama Administration, visa holders in the US are less like foreign nationals here temporarily and more like free-range chickens.

It isn’t that we have poor tracking of visa holders. It’s that we’re not bothering to track them at all.

But, of course the Democrats are having a field day with this.

Hillary already leapt on it like a dog on red meat, retweeting this tweet that declares, “We’re not packages.”


No, honey. You’re not. But if you are here on an expired visa, you’re also not supposed to be here. And, unless you are here on a current or expired visa, Christie wasn’t talking about you at all.


This is how Democrats roll. They always twist everything. Our guys talk about illegal aliens, and Democrats respond by defending legal immigrants.

Our guys talk about foreign nationals here on expired visas, and Democrats respond by talking about legal immigrant families.

We talk apples; they talk oranges.

If the Republican candidates can’t prepare themselves for the inevitable howling from the Left, the Left will always frame the narrative. Our guys have to be able to go over the heads of the Democrats and their water-carriers in the Enslaved Press.

You see, the point Christie is trying to make is valid. If FedEx can track every single package, then, clearly it wouldn’t be that difficult to keep track of visa holders.

It is a valid point.

And the best way for any Republican to deliver excellent ideas like that is to anticipate and diffuse the inevitable Democrat response.

Christie’s point would be far more powerful had he said it like this:

“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. Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them. Now, I know how upset my Democrat opponents may get at this. I can hear them now, ‘Oh, you’re so mean! You want to track human beings like they’re boxes! Oh boo hoo!’ But ask yourself this. In a sovereign nation that on September 11, 2001, was attacked and over three thousand of its citizens killed by terrorists, some of whom were here on expired visas, doesn’t it make sense for us to keep track of those who have come into this country on a visa? Wouldn’t it be a realistic way of ensuring that those who should not be here get sent back home? Especially if they are here to do us harm? Democrats can take to the fainting couches all they want. It doesn’t change the fact that as a sovereign nation we have a right and more importantly, a duty to make sure each and every foreign national here on a visa goes home when their visa expires.”

By preemptively pointing out how the Democrats will respond, you can effectively neuter the ability of the Democrats to frame the narrative.

One of the things that Rush has talked about for a very long time is our lack of having a candidate who is not only a conservative, but can clearly articulate conservatism in a way that is positive and effective.

It isn’t enough to propose something that is a smart and valid policy idea. You have to be prepared for the inevitable hysteria and misrepresentation of that idea from the Democrats. You have to be prepared to diffuse the Democrats by revealing their hysteria for exactly what it is — a deflection, an exaggeration, and completely off base.

In other words. We need to wrest control of the narrative away from the Democrats.

And because Christie didn’t do that, his perfectly valid, remarkably practical idea ended up sounding ridiculous.

Hat tip The Blaze.

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2 thoughts on “FedICE

  • August 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I’m not following Christie’s idea. FedEx packages travel on FedEx vehicles and conveyor belts. The tracking number is scanned at every FedEx terminal until it reaches it’s destination. How are we going to attach tracking numbers to illegal immigrants and get them to only travel by FedEx vehicles? You’d have to put ankle bracelets on all of them like they do prisoners that are released with restrictions and then if they cut them off they still couldn’t be tracked.

  • August 30, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    You track them the same way you’re being tracked – through the financial system. Every time you pay for anything with a check or credit card your government IS tracking what you bought and where and when you bought it. They also build a profile of your habits, your likes and dislikes, and when they read your phone and internet patterns, anyone you interact with to draw them into the surveillance clutches too. For example, always buy ammo with cash.

    I don’t believe for a minute the feds don’t know exactly how many illegals there are and where they’re located. If they were allowed to, all of them could be deported in a short amount of time. Eisenhower proved that.

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