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More voters than ever view the annual Presidential State of the Union speech as being 'just for show' rather than setting an actual agenda, according to RasmussenReports.

This year, according to the story by the media company which collects, publishes and distributes "public opinion information," Rasmussen also states:

"Obama is focusing on what he considers to be the growing problem of income inequality. Fourteen percent (14%) of voters agree with the president that income inequality should be the chief priority of his speech. But 31% say the president should emphasize the economy, down from 38% last year but still voters’ number one concern. A distant second is government spending which 17% think should be the chief priority of tonight’s speech. Fifteen percent (15%) say the emphasis should be on job creation. Ten percent (10%) want the president to focus on health care, while just four percent (4%) rate immigration as most important. Five percent (5%) feel Obama should zero in on something else."

A piece by columnist Peggy Noonan mentions her view of the current situation in politics:

"There’s an increasing sense in our political life that in both parties politicians call themselves public servants but act like bosses who think the voters work for them. Physicians who routinely help the needy and the uninsured do not call themselves servants. They get to be called the 1%. Politicians who jerk around doctors, nurses and health systems call themselves servants, when of course they look more like little kings and queens instructing the grudging peasants in how to arrange their affairs."

Immigration was one of the issues mentioned by the President last night, according to the attached video. From a 2010 story quoting ICE officer Chris Crane in the WashingtonExaminer:

“We asked both the AFL-CIO and President Obama for help with corruption within our respective Federal law enforcement agencies, climbing officer suicide rates. Following the White House meeting, the Obama Administration cut us off. Cecilia Munoz [White House domestic policy adviser] refuses to correspond with us.”

ICE officer's rebuke

A more recent story from the DailyCaller mentions a harsh rebuke made by National ICE Council head and ICE officer Chris Crane in a statement on President Barack Obama for "having illegal immigrants in the chamber" during his State of the Union speech:

“According to news accounts, the President has once again invited illegal immigrants to the State of the Union — and yet the President still refuses to meet with ICE officers. We have a President who will provide those illegally in the US with the seat of honor at one of the most important events of the year, but ICE officers who serve under him are unwelcome in the White House.”

Information from the White House on the First Lady's box seats, did mention that Cristian Avila, a 23-year-old undocumented immigrant, would be attending as a guest during the State of the Union. On the website page, it states:

"For nearly three decades, extraordinary Americans who exemplify the themes and ideals laid out in the State of the Union Address have been invited to join the First Lady in her viewing box ..."

Immigration concerns

In a previous story in the Examiner, which focused on Vista Congressman Darrell Issa, it does seem as though "dealing with a broken immigration system" is an issue which must be faced in this election year. Politicians realize that in the most recent 2012 election cycle, Barack Obama won re-election with 70 percent Latino support. From the story:

"While many elected leaders to the House of Representatives question the offer of citizenship to people who have broken U.S. immigration laws, Issa appears to take a more reasoned approach to a situation which seems to have been exacerbated by the federal government's lackluster efforts over the years at enforcing or reforming its own laws on the books, as well as previous offers of amnesty."

Issa has said:

"Any comprehensive immigration reform has to make sense for the U.S. economy, and that means making sure our system prioritizes workers who can fill or create much needed jobs. Some of our country’s biggest industries are driven by immigrants, and we should do everything we can to facilitate growth and innovation in those sectors so that we stay globally competitive. Immigration has always been part of our national framework, and a smart, sustainable immigration policy would be a win-win for U.S. citizens and foreign-born Americans alike."

Chris Crane, president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement 118, told the House Judiciary Committee earlier this year:

“Death or serious injury to ICE officers and agents appears more acceptable to ICE, DHS, and Administration leadership, than the public complaints that would be lodged by special interest groups representing illegal aliens.”

Crane believes that the policies of the government "handcuff" ICE officers who are also charged with enforcing immigration laws, according to the story from the WashingtonExaminer. Mentioned as an example is policy which allows the use of tasers on U.S. citizens in the course of an arrest but bans them on illegal immigrants.

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