VIDEO: At CPAC, Newt Gingrich jokes about tracking immigrants using FedEx, UPS


Relevant segment at about 6:30:

"There is a world that works. Most of it, but not all of it is in the private sector, and there is a world that fails, most of it, but all of it, is in the public sector. I’ll give you one single example: How many of you have ever gone online to check a package at UPS or FedEx? (most of audience holds up hands)

"I want to drive this home. This is not a theory. It is a practical reality that we have the technology that enables us to track between UPS and FedEx – we track 24 MILLION packages a day, while they are moving, and we allow you to find out where they are for free. That’s the world that works.

"Now here’s the world that fails: the federal government today cannot find 11 MILLION illegal immigrants, even if they are sitting still. [Huge applause - for the first time Newt smiles]. Now I have a simple proposal. We send a package to everyone who is here illegally. When they open it, we pull it up on the computer. We know where they are.

"Let me say for my friends in the news media, that was hyperbole and we don’t need a fact check." [Huge applause and some boos]

Well, now, not so fast, Newton Leroy. CNN:

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, two Guatemalans allege that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were guilty of unreasonable search and seizure, and racial profiling when they arrested Guatemalan nationals picking up a package at a FedEx facility in Florida.

The package contained a passport mailed to one of them by the Guatemalan government in the type of sting Gingrich was jokingly suggesting. [...]

It alleges that when the two 21-year-olds drove to FedEx in January 2010, ICE officials arrested Gonzalez and then went to the car where Vasquez was waiting, held her at gunpoint and separated her from her then 2-year-old son, a U.S. citizen.

Gonzalez was deported; Vasquez, who was reunited with her child a few hours later, is fighting to remain in the United States.

John De Leon, an attorney representing the two Guatemalans:

"There's nothing amusing about the idea of government using corporate efficiency in order to violate people's rights. This is a rank operation against a Latino group of people. These passports were lawful passports. There was nothing illegal about them... Corporations should not become police agents of the government."

Oh, but wait, this isn't the first time Newt's relied on the ol' FedEx "comedy" routine, nosireebob. He thought it was clever 4 years 7 months and 1 week ago. It wasn't then, and it isn't now.

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