Looking past party lines: Chris Christie not as bad as Trump, still offensive

It is no surprise that heated topics are being brought up left and right during the current presidential campaign. Many Democratic and Republican candidates are answering questions about immigration and civil rights issues.

Interestingly, Republican candidate Chris Christie, has an idea on how to solve the issue of the growing immigrant population in the United States.

This concern has been around for many years. At a campaign event in Laconia, New Hampshire, Christie said, “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.”

Christie surprised a lot of people with this statement, and although the governor has defended himself saying that it was used only as an analogy, many Americans are still uneasy about his choice of rhetoric.

When I first heard about his statement, it came off as brutal and dehumanizing. In my eyes he was comparing humans to inanimate objects, and that was not right.

After I huffed and puffed I noticed that I did not know much about Christie and his policies to begin with, so I had no idea where his viewpoints were coming from. As I consider myself a Democrat, it is easy to paint Republicans an ugly color.

Christie served as Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer of New Jersey for six years, and during this time, he convicted brothel owners who imprisoned Mexican teenagers as sex slaves.

He also signed the NJ Dream Act; this allowed unauthorized immigrants who attended high school for at least three years in New Jersey and graduated to be eligible to attend state and community colleges.

In 2008 at the First United Methodist Church of Dover he said that, “being in this country without proper documentation is not a crime” but rather a civil wrong; and that people without the necessary paperwork are not criminals unless they have re-entered the country after being deported.

Reading these facts made me feel a little tense about judging him so quickly, especially since I am from Hispanic descent. So I read what he said once again, and decided it is easy to mix-up illegal immigrants and those who come to our country on visas. A visa is temporary, and if you have ever lived abroad for more than six months you would need to get a visa for the country you are residing in as well — with a visa your time is limited.

Although his analogy might have not been the best way to get his point across, he is not disrespecting immigrants with the dream to come live in America — they just have to keep up with the legal route to do so. Christie is not as sadistic as Trump, who has been known for being extremely cold and detached towards the immigrant population, especially those of Mexican descent.

From my perspective, Christie is saying that those with temporary visas cannot stay here (as the law is already set up), but we do not have to ship them to jail or hurt them either. Although I still bleed blue, I will not judge a Republican as quickly next time.