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08/29/2015 03:45 pm ET Updated Oct 14, 2015

Chris Christie Wants To Track Immigrants Like FedEx Packages

"We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Saturday revealed a plan to curb unauthorized immigration: track anyone who enters the country from the time they receive their visa, like a FedEx package.

At a New Hampshire town hall, the presidential hopeful lamented that 40 percent of the undocumented immigrants in the United States entered on legal visas that they had overstayed.

"So here's what I'm gonna do if I'm president. I'm gonna ask Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, come work for the governor for three months. Just come for three months to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and show these people," Christie said, drawing laughter from the crowd. 

"We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in," he continued. "And then when your time is up...then we go get you. Tap you on the shoulder and say excuse me, thanks for coming, time to go."

Christie's campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

FedEx uses barcode technology and unique tracking numbers to keep track of shipments, with each package scanned an average of 13 times between dropoff and delivery, said FedEx spokeswoman Jennifer Caccavo. She declined to comment on Christie's plan. 

Earlier this month, Christie called for a re-examination of birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants born on United States soil.

UPDATE: 8/30, 9:23 a.m. -- Christie doubled down on his remarks Sunday.

 "My point was this is once again a situation where the private sector laps us in the government with the use of technology," he told Fox News' Chris Wallace. "Let's use the same type of technology to make sure that 40 percent of the 11 million people here illegally don't overstay."

"We can do it," he added. "And we can bring in the folks from FedEx to use the technology to do it. There's nothing wrong with that, and I don't mean people are packages. Don't be ridiculous."

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