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Should Puerto Rico become a state?

I don't know what you guys think about this question, after living in the U.S Virgin Island (St. Croix) for a decade, my views have changed…

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0 Sep 11, 2017

Suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty

This was written by Rosemary LaBonte to the editors of a California newspaper in response to an article written by Ernie Lujan who suggests…

Started by Marilyn Calkins

3 Aug 29, 2017
Reply by James W McQuillan Jr

Photos of NJ Governor Claiming Closed Beach for His Personal Use a Reminder of Why Revolutions Happen

American Independence Day is upon us, and millions of the tax-paying subjects of big government will be enjoying a short furlough from ha…

Started by Marilyn Calkins

2 Jul 5, 2017
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Hank "Guam May Tip Over" Johnson takes aim at grand jury process in police shootings

For months, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson has been upset about the lack of charges against police officers for killing unarmed black men — and his…

Started by Melony B. DeFord

39 Jan 26, 2015
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TPCC: US Courts: Crisis of Credibility - Not just Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter

For the past several weeks, protests... some violent, have erupted across America in the wake of Grand Jury decisions in Ferguson, MO and S…

Started by Don Mashak

0 Dec 30, 2014

School Expels Child Over Vaccine That Even the Doctor Refuses to Give

An 8 year-old Long Island girl has been kicked out of school, and the reason is outrageous. Ceili McNicholas was told not to return to Lon…

Started by Melony B. DeFord

22 Nov 30, 2014
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Obama's Thoughts on Stay At Home Moms: ‘That’s Not a Choice We Want Americans to Make’

What happened to being pro-choice?   The October surprises just keep on coming, courtesy of President Obama. According to The Weekly Stand…

Started by Melony B. DeFord

43 Nov 4, 2014
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Beheading and Shooting Threat's made against Ohio and Rhode Island school children

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Started by Karol Hancock

0 Oct 9, 2014

New York City Principal Once Again Bans Patriotic American Music from School Ceremony

(societybytes.wordpress.com) Coney Island principal Greta Hawkins apparently doesn’t care for America. For the second time in three year…

Started by Melony B. DeFord

34 Jun 11, 2014
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Ret. Navy Pilot Held Captive by the Chinese Reveals Why He’s Running for Senate: ‘Not on My Watch’

Feb. 26, 2014 8:30pm Erica Ritz Retired Navy pilot Shane Osborn was 26-years-old when the EP-3 spy plane he was flying was hit by a Chine…

Started by Melony B. DeFord

26 Mar 2, 2014
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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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