Mitt Romney and Allen West : A Match Made in Heaven

By Peter Paton

Mitt Romney is the almost certain Republican nominee for the Presidential Election in November, with an almost unassailable lead in Primary delegates, and he has received endorsements from many senior members of the GOP Establishment, including Marco Rubio, Governor Christie, Governor Nick Haley, Governor Hayley Barbour, Senator De Mint, and Ambassador John Bolton amongst others.

Mitt Romney is an extremely rich man and he has spent a tremendous amount of money in the Republican Primary Race to establish himself as the front runner, however he is not liked by a substantial amount of Republicans and Tea Party followers, who view Romney as being too liberal for their liking, and not connecting with them on a personal level. Apart from this disadvantage, Mitt if nominated, will face an incumbent President Barack Hussein Obama who has a $1 Billion Election War Chest, and who has a stranglehold on the Liberal Media and Press, who will undoubtedly run a ruthless  negative campaign to paint Mitt Romney as a devotee of Romneycare and other like minded Liberal policies when he was Governor of Massachuttess

To offset these disadvantages, there are some on the Right, who strongly feel that Mitt should pick the combative and black Congressman Allen West of Florida 22, who is deeply popular with the Tea Party, the ordinary rank and file Conservative on the street, and the Jewish Right, and who would bring a degree of charisma and populist appeal to the ticket, and greatly increase Romney’s chances of defeating Obama in November 2012. Colonel Allen West would be key to Romney securing the crucial swing blue collar States of Florida, North Carolina, Indiana, Pennsylvannia and Illinois. West would also be the perfect pick to help Romney to eat into Obama’s Black, Jewish and Latino support which will be of paramount importance to who eventually wins the Presidential Race.

Peter Paton is an International PR and Strategic Adviser

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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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