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"Trey was one of maybe half a dozen Washington wonks I fell comfortable with but his…"

Joseph T. Ward replied Dec 27, 2015 to Trey Gowdy to endorse Marco Rubio for president: reports

161 Jan 5, 2016
Reply by AHP1081

"Odessa taft, you should feel "bad" for the American people."

Joseph T. Ward replied Dec 25, 2015 to Syrian Refugees transmit flesh eating disease to Lebanon, Turkey... threaten Europe and U.S.

16 Dec 27, 2015
Reply by Ronald A. Nelson Col.USA (Ret)

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"Who scares you the protesters or the cops?"

Joseph T. Ward replied Dec 24, 2015 to Several Arrests Made Amid Black Lives Matter Protest at Mall of America

47 Dec 26, 2015
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"Almost daily another individual or department in this administration magically RISES…"

Joseph T. Ward replied Dec 23, 2015 to Facing Investigations, DOJ Claims the Right to Avoid Investigations

53 Dec 27, 2015
Reply by Ronald A. Nelson Col.USA (Ret)

"Thank you Phyllis, you are a true PATRIOT."

Joseph T. Ward replied Dec 22, 2015 to PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY: TRUMP IS 'LAST HOPE FOR AMERICA'

22 Jan 1, 2016
Reply by douglas a. hawkins

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"The UN sure isn't above lying now is it? "

Joseph T. Ward replied Dec 22, 2015 to UN officials sickened by public hatred against Muslims

50 Dec 22, 2015
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"After reading most of the comments here I would say most understand what has happene…"

Joseph T. Ward replied Dec 22, 2015 to Obama's Trojan Horses and locust armies turning USA into ashes and dust

57 Dec 22, 2015
Reply by Jea9

"We're awash in gutless, yella, A$$holes.  "

Joseph T. Ward replied Dec 21, 2015 to Majority Of U.S. Millennials Want To Send Troops To Fight ISIS, But Wouldn’t Go Themselves

36 Dec 21, 2015
Reply by Joseph T. Ward

"                OMG"

Joseph T. Ward replied Dec 21, 2015 to Majority Of U.S. Millennials Want To Send Troops To Fight ISIS, But Wouldn’t Go Themselves

36 Dec 21, 2015
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"The last two elections convinced me that our electoral process had after two centuri…"

Joseph T. Ward replied Dec 21, 2015 to Mitch McConnell Warns YOU Not To Vote For Donald Trump – Or Else

114 Dec 24, 2015
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Fact Check:   'Joe Biden Claims ‘We Didn’t Lock People Up In Cages’

CLAIM: Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed, on immigration: “We didn’t lock people up in cages.”

VERDICT: FALSE. The “cages” were built by the Obama-Biden administration.

Univision moderator Jorge Ramos asked Biden at the third Democrat debate at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, why Latinos should trust him after the Obama administration continued deporting “undocumented immigrants.”

Biden claimed that the Obama administration’s policies were more humane than those of President Donald Trump: “We didn’t lock people up in cages,” he said.

In fact, the “cages” were built by the Obama administration to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border illegally in 2014.

Originally, the Obama administration was “warehousing” children — literally — in overwhelmed Border Patrol facilities. Breitbart News broke the story of the surge, which was partly triggered by Obama’s policy of allowing illegal alien children who entered the country as minors to stay in the country (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA).

Above image credit: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File

The above photo was published by the Associated Press in June 2014, and the photo below is of Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, touring a Border Patrol facility with “cages.”


Above: Border Patrol officers escort Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Gov. Jan Brewer through the department’s Nogales processing facility for immigrant children. (Photo courtesy Barry Bahler/Department of Homeland Security)

The “cages” are chain-link enclosures in Border Patrol processing facilities that are meant to protect children from adults in custody. They are not permanent accommodations.

In mid-2018, as the Trump administration began enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy that stopped the “catch-and-release” policy of letting illegal aliens go after they were arrested. Detaining adults and children meant that children had to be processed separately; the enclosures prevented adults from harming children.

As Breitbart News reported at the time, children were not housed in “cages.” They were processed and then taken to shelters, where they were given medical care, toiletries, education, recreation, and counseling, and where staff attempted to find relatives or sponsors to whom they could be released.

Democrats began tweeting images of “kids in cages” to condemn the Trump administration. Journalists, too, shared those images.

One problem: they were taken during the Obama administration.

Public outrage at the images led President Trump to end the policy, and require families to be detained together.

Democrats keep repeating the mistake, however: in July, they had to delete a tweet that used an image from the Obama era and cited the “inhumane treatment” of children by the Trump administration.

Republicans argue that not detaining illegal aliens is actually the cruel policy, because it encourages migrants to undertake a dangerous journey, often guided by cartels and smugglers.

As Breitbart News’ Alana Mastrangelo noted recently:

But what’s worse than “cages,” however, are reports of migrant children also being handed over to human traffickers during the Obama administration — while Biden was vice president — according to the New York Times. Between October 2013 and July 2015 alone, nearly 80,000 unaccompanied children from Central American countries were detained by U.S. authorities.

It remains unclear how many of the tens of thousands of children were handed over to human traffickers — including sex traffickers — during that span of nearly two years, as those cases are reportedly not tracked.

“Others were ransomed by the very smugglers to whom their families paid thousands of dollars to sneak them into the United States,” reported the New York Times in 2015, during Obama’s presidency and Biden’s vice presidency. “Some lost limbs during the journey or found themselves sold into sexual slavery.”

Biden told voters in South Carolina last month that he would close all border detention facilities, guaranteeing that the migrant flow would continue.

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