Newt Gingrich is usually known on the trail for his unusually compassionate language towards illegal immigrants, but he took a more hawkish turn at conservative gathering CPAC on Friday.
Gingrich recounted how in the successful world of private sector companies, companies like UPS and Fedex can track packages accurately across the world and provide the information free to customers.
"Here's the world that fails: the US government cannot find 11 million illegai immigrants even if they're sitting still," he said. "Now I have a proposal we send a package to everyone who's here illegally and when it's delivered we pull it up on a computer, we know where we are."
As the audience laughed, he added: "Let me say to my friends in the news media that that was hyperbole and we don't need a fact check."