'Zero Tolerance, Maximum Competence': Hilton Calls for Urgent 'Humane Response' to Border Crisis
Steve Hilton called on the Trump administration to mobilize a more comprehensive effort in order to effectively implement a zero-tolerance border enforcement policy.
Hilton criticized the left for its "self-righteous moral preening" on the issue of migrant family separations, while top Democrats failing to propose a policy solution.
But he said President Trump is now responsible for the chaotic situation that unfolded in Texas, where thousands of migrant children were separated from their parents and held in detention centers.
"The fact remains that this administration is in charge now. John Kelly in particular needs to get his act together. He seems totally out of his depth as White House chief of staff," he said, calling for an "urgent, whole-government response" that Kelly should be organizing.
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Hilton said President Trump is a "builder" so the administration should work on building asylum and immigration centers in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala to lessen the need for migrants to make the arduous journey through Mexico to the U.S. border. Meantime, he said work must start on the border wall to stop the illegal crossings.
"Zero-tolerance plus maximum competence. That's the humane response to the border crisis."
He said the family separations should have been anticipated by the White House and a plan should have been in place to better handle it.
Hilton, who came to the U.S. as an immigrant, said the administration is right to impose "order at the border" and the effort is backed by popular opinion, but the implementation has been "shambolic."
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