During Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie’s campaign speech in New Hampshire on August 28th, he proclaimed that he wanted to devise a system to track new immigrants in America by utilizing the technology FedEx uses to track packages. Christie conveyed that keeping tabs on all immigrants upon entry into the country would help the government “go get you” when your visa expires.
“Criminalizing all new immigrants/ foreigners by monitoring them like packages is a violation of human rights,” said Johanna Puno Hester, APALA National President. “Christie’s strategy to track immigrants at all times upon entry is disgusting and it exemplifies how Republicans are willing to say anything to further their agendas.”
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina further exacerbated the derogatory term Anchor Babies last week during her speech in Iowa on August 27th. She stressed the need for more enforcement on industries that are set up for Asian tourist to have babies in America. Fiorina’s comment mirrors her previous claim that Chinese people “don’t innovate, that is why they are stealing our intellectual property” back in January of 2015.
Moreover, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump released his attack ad on August 31st showing 3 pictures of murderers while playing Jeb Bush’s comments about undocumented immigration in the background. Trump’s hateful attempt to use scare tactics in connection with undocumented immigration exposes his pursuit to criminalize immigrants by exploiting isolated incidents.
“The tactic to criminalize immigrant communities in America exhibited by Christie, Fiorina and Trump reflect the GOP’s anti foreign ideologies,” said Gregory Cendana, APALA National Executive Director. “APALA will not stand with Republican candidates that think targeting and threatening immigrants is a solution to the immigration crisis in America.”