CBS NYC | New York City public schools have added two Muslim holidays to the school calendar, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced Wednesday.
Schools will now close for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, making New York City the largest school district in the nation to recognize the two holidays on the official school calendar.
“We are committed to having a school calendar that reflects and honors the extraordinary diversity of our students,” said Farina.
De Blasio said the change means that Muslim families won’t be forced to choose between observing the holidays and sending their kids to school.
“They want to celebrate their holiday but they also want to go to school, they love school. So now they don’t have to make that choice and this is why this is so amazing,” mother of three Linda Sarsour told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.
BORDERLAND BEAT | Borderland Beat posted by DD republished from ABC News
UDATES; The arrest took place in a safe-house in San Pedro Garza García, New León and was carried out by the Marines and Federal Police. According to Reforma about 50 elements of the Federal Police and Marines carried out the operation and federal officials described it as a “clean operation” and that no shots were fired. and the operation was directed from Mexico City.
According to neighbors the Marines and Federal Police started about midnight in establishing a perimeter of about 200 meters around the house and this was later expanded when elements of the Army arrived and that the Army’s role was limited to maintaining the perimeter. Only residents who were verified to live in the area were allowed entry to the colonia called Fuentes del Valle. No elements of the municipal or state police were involved “because it was a federal operation”.
Milineo reported that San Pedro Garza García, where the leader of The Zees was captured, is the richest municipality of the country where many of the richest businessmen in Mexico live.
SinEmbargo said Trevino was charged with possession of illegal arms intended for exclusive use of the military and being involved in organized crime. He also has indictments in the US for cocaine trafficking from Mexico to US.
BREITBART | On March 4, gun control proponent Gabby Giffords will join Democrat lawmakers to push for expanded background checks on Capitol Hill.
Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) is spearheading the push.
According to the AP, the push faces an uphill battle due to GOP majorities in the House and Senate, as well as NRA opposition to any new gun control.
The NRA argues that expanding background checks will neither stop criminals from getting guns nor stop them from committing crimes with guns. They will either steal their guns like Adam Lanza did, buy their guns via a black market like the Paris and Copenhagen attackers did, or pass a background check and then commit their heinous crimes anyway like James Holmes (Aurora theater gunman), Elliot Rodger (Santa Barbara gunman), and Jared Loughner (Gabby Giffords’ gunman) did.
In fact, expanding background checks is so impotent against determined criminals that Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)–author of the 2013 background check legislation–admitted expanded background checks would not have prevented the Sandy Hook shooting.
Yet Giffords, Democrat lawmakers, President Obama, and Attorney General Eric Holder continue to argue for expanded background checks as a way to prevent future Sandy Hook-style attacks.
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March 3: What a day of contrasts in Washington, D.C.!
On the one hand, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered a masterful speech to a joint session of the US Congress, a speech in which the articulate, courageous leader warned the world of the idiotic path that the Obama administration is pursuing with regard to the nuclear aspirations of Iran, that renegade, terrorist Islamic republic that, given its druthers, would dispose of Israel and six million Jews at once in the Mediterranean Sea!
Bibi was precise and clear in laying out the facts and insane dangers in trusting Iran for 10 minutes, much less ten years as the Obama-Kerry team appears ready to do.
Despite the anti-Semitic bile emanating from the White House, Bibi’s speech was warmly received by those in attendance, as attested to by the 43 standing ovations and countless roars and cheers that filled the capitol throughout his truth letting presentation.
While Bibi was championing the cause of freedom through fearless dedication to truth, even when doing so meant taking on Barack Obama, weasels in the United States Congress were busy stabbing the American people in the back, for fear of offending the tyrant.
For while Bibi was fighting for a just cause, John Boehner and his gang of losers was succumbing to tyranny by refusing to engage Obama over his unlawful and unconstitutional Executive Orders concerning illegal aliens.
Oh, if only John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and other Republican establishment types were endowed with just a smidgen of the intelligence and guts of Bibi, America might have a decent chance to survive the Obama plague which threatens our very existence!
WASHINGTON, DC (March 4, 2015) — The fight in Congress over Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding was just the first major action in a larger effort to limit and reverse President Obama’s immigration overreach. A new four-part Backgrounder series by the Center for Immigration Studies analyzes the Obama administration’s controversial immigration memoranda and possible counter actions and strategies.
“Countering Executive Amnesty, Part 1” outlines the ten amnesty memos and analyzes their contributions to the nullification of immigration law enforcement. President Obama’s unilateral actions go beyond constitutional limits and historical precedent by conferring summary legalization on millions of illegal immigrants and institutionalizing enforcement priorities with the effect of establishing the legal framework for immigration enforcement for the future.
“Going forward, any illegal alien who overstays his visa or is not caught when crossing the border will in effect have achieved the legal status of being non-deportable,” writes Stanley Renshon, a fellow at the Center and author of the report. “So when the president says of his executive actions that, ‘It doesn’t apply to anybody who’s come to this country recently, or who might come illegally in the future,’ he is being disingenuous.”
View Part 1 of the report at: http://cis.org/countering-executive-amnesty-p1
Renshon concludes, “These executive immigration amnesties envision, and are designed to bring about, a future in which there are no illegal aliens, and almost all those who come here illegally will have access to the administrative means to change their immigration status to “legal”. If the president and his administration are successful it will mark the end of immigration enforcement as we have known it.”
Renshon will follow up this analysis with Part 2, “Foundations of a Counter Strategy”; Part 3, “Options for a Counter Strategy”; and Part 4, which will present a detailed alternative comprehensive immigration reform model for legislation, namely, the American Immigration Reform Act of 2015.
Contact: Marguerite Telford
FOX NEWS | Airfare from the U.S. to China and a months-long stay in an Orange County, Calif., apartment: $80,000. A baby born a U.S. citizen: priceless.
In the largest operation of its kind, early Tuesday morning federal officials in Southern California served warrants at “Chinese birthing houses” or “maternity hotels,” where wealthy Chinese nationals paid up to $80,000 for the sole purpose of giving birth in the U.S. to obtain citizenship for their children, earning in-state tuition to U.S. universities for them and permanent U.S. residency for the parents.
“It is essentially citizenship for sale,” said Center for Immigration Studies analyst Jessica Vaughan. “Something U.S. citizens hold very dear and cherish is essentially being purchased by people for their own economic self-interests or potentially more nefarious purposes.”
Birth tourism is big business. An estimated 40,000 babies are born to couples posing as tourists each year. The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world that automatically grants citizenship to any child born here, regardless of the parents’ nationality. While it is not against the law, lying to obtain a visa to enter the U.S. under false pretense is illegal. Companies offering to help foreign nationals give birth in the U.S. operate openly on the Internet, promising a U.S. passport, birth certificate and Social Security number for their newborn. Prices range from $8,000 to $80,000, depending on the services. Wealthy couples from China, the Middle East, Africa and South Korea predominate the trade.
According to an affidavit filed Tuesday in federal court, Department of Homeland Security investigators posed as Chinese nationals wanting a relative in Beijing to have a child in the U.S. Agents met with Chao Chen and Jie Zhu, a husband and wife in Orange County, Calif., who gave the undercover agent a tour of the Caryle Apartments near John Wayne Airport. According to the document, 17 to 20 apartments are all rented in Chen’s name. Each unit contains one or two pregnant Chinese nationals who paid Chen and Zhu from “$40,000 to $80,000″ for a package deal that includes transportation to and from the airport, visits to the grocery store, restaurants, entertainment and prenatal visits to a physician.
DAILY CALLER | Barack Obama’s lax immigration policies are inviting another massive jihad attack similar to the 9/11 atrocity, says Kenneth Palinkas, president of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees’ union.
Obama’s deputies are “lessening the vetting of each and every alien who applies for permanent residency or citizenship in the U.S.,” Palinkas said in a statement Tuesday.
“By not scrutinizing each and every applicant to the fullest extent possible to ensure America’s security, we invite an even more catastrophic event than what occurred on 09/11/2001,” he said.
Obama’s rollback of security checks means that “it is more than likely that any attack from terrorists will come from within the borders of the U.S., and it is further likely that ISIS or Al Qaeda would try to launch these attacks by obtaining a visa or working with elements already here on visas,” he said.
Numerous legal immigrants have launched, or tried to launch, jihad attacks in the United States.
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE | Below is a statement from Senator Jeff Sessions (R, Ala.) on the Republican leadership’s decision to allow the president’s executive amnesty to proceed unchallenged:
“The Democratic Party has been completely unified in its defense of the President’s amnesty in the face of overwhelming public opposition—and in the face of the President’s own repeated declaration that his conduct was illegal.
“They voted in unison, messaged in unison, and their outside allies have launched third-party attacks against Republicans.
“As a result, our Constitution continues to be eroded, our immigration system continues to slide into anarchy, and our constituents continue to suffer the debilitating loss of their jobs and wages.
“Essential to any sovereign nation is the enforcement of its borders, the application of uniform rules for entry and exit, and the delivery of consequences for individuals who violate our laws. President Obama has nullified those laws, rules, and borders, and replaced those consequences with rewards.
“The President’s decree provides illegal immigrants with work permits, trillions in Social Security and Medicare payments, and billions in free cash tax credits—all benefits explicitly rejected by Congress. This takes jobs, benefits, and work opportunities directly from struggling and forgotten workers.
“The will of the American people cannot be forever denied. Republicans will have to come to realize that it falls on their shoulders to give voice to the just demands of the American people for a lawful system of immigration that serves their interests, defends their jobs, protects their security.
“Nor can we allow the President to dismantle the constitutional powers of Congress, ceding our status as a coequal branch, on the hope the Judiciary intervenes to restore some fraction of that lost authority. When it comes to defending our sovereignty there is no ‘moving on.’ Now is not the time for recrimination; now is the time for renewed determination. What motivates and excites a small group of open-borders billionaires has no connection to the hearts and lives of the working people of this country. They have been silenced for too long. Those who think this fight is over could not be more mistaken; it is only beginning. When the power of the American people is finally leveraged, people will be astonished by the results.”
DAILY CALLER | House Speaker John Boehner has decided to let the Democratic minority push a toothless budget bill through Congress that doesn’t block President Barack Obama’s unpopular and legally questionable unilateral amnesty.
The vote will be a huge victory for Obama’s alliance of progressives, media professionals and business interests over the many Republican voters in November who elected large GOP majorities in the House and Senate.
Nearly 90 percent of the GOP’s base opposes Obama’s amnesty, which was recently blocked temporarily by a Texas judge.
The House’s complex debating rules allow members to force a floor vote on a budget bill that is rejected by the Senate. On Tuesday morning, Boehner announced that he wouldn’t block that maneuver, according to media reports.
His decision allows either a GOP or a Democratic member to force the vote on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Media coverage of Boehner’s surrender will likely be obscured by the huge media coverage of the speech in Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Democratic caucus will fully back the no-strings-attached Department of Homeland Security funding bill, as will many GOP members who are aligned with Republican donors, or who represent districts with growing numbers of immigrants.
NATIONAL INTEREST | A couple of weeks ago, AEI scholar Michael Auslin published a column for the Wall Street Journal about a quiet dinner in Washington where a senior China scholar declared the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had reached the final stage before collapse. The political collapse of the world’s second-largest economy and a nuclear power is no small thing. What should Washington do? Go outside the Fourth Ring Road (a Chinese reference akin to saying go outside the Beltway), forge links to marginalized Chinese and speak out about Chinese human rights to show the Chinese people that the United States has “a moral stake in China’s development.” Even if the CCP’s collapse does not occur for years, these measures will help U.S. policy makers be “on the right side of history.”
Such measures appear trivial in the face of a problem the size of China’s potential political instability and the collapse of its governing structure. By Auslin’s telling, this anonymous China scholar and those nodding in approval think that these first steps constitute a genuine signal to the Chinese people that Washington stands and will stand by them. Rhetorical support, however, will not grace the United States in the eyes of the Chinese people if their discontent demolishes the CCP. Actions, rather than words, in the heat of another crisis at least on the scale of nationwide protests in 1989 will be the measure of Washington’s moral interest in China’s future.
Being prepared for a political crisis with the potential to bring down the CCP requires a much more serious effort that involves both research and planning. Before that day of crisis comes, the mindset for dealing with China must include the ability to imagine a China without the CCP and how that outcome might develop. The tens of thousands of demonstrations serve as a reminder that, despite China’s rise to international prominence, the country still has political fault lines capable of causing an earthquake. With this kind of warning, the moral failing would be to ignore the potential for regime-changing unrest or any other political crisis that might threaten the regime, and what Beijing might do to prevent that from happening.