"Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ bluff on the border will hurt security, not help"
By Alan Bersin, Nate Bruggeman, and Ben Rohrbaugh -- The Washington Post
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen recently announced a "zero tolerance" policy on border security. Though its contours have not been described in great detail, at its core, it is a commitment to criminally prosecute every person who illegally crosses the border.
This strategy may provide sound bites, and harsh rhetoric may generate some short-term deterrent effect, but it is impossible for this policy to actually be implemented over any reasonable time period. By announcing a threat that is effectively a bluff, the Trump administration likely will harm border security rather than enhance it. . . .