While past presidents have always invited special guests to sit with their spouses during the annual State of the Union address to the nation, historians have pointed out they usually invited those who either achieved an act of bravery or contributed to the betterment of the United States. However, President Barack Obama is known for inviting guests to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama to illustrated what he believes are his achievements and his contributions. Such was the case with Obama's special guest on Tuesday night, someone who according to U.S. law is in the United States illegally, college student Ana Zamora.
Several law enforcement officers were angry over Obama's failure to include at least one family member who lost a military or law enforcement serving husband or son such as the two NYPD officers, Det. Rafael Ramos and Det. Wenjian Liu assassinated by a black, Islamist named Ismaaiyl Abdullah-Muhammad Brinsley. In fact, there were no widows or fatherless/motherless children of soldiers or cops seen with the First Lady, according to former police officer Iris Aquino. "Why would Obama invite them? After all, he and his Attorney General have shown repeatedly their dislike for cops," the Hispanic cop said.
In addition, while boasting about an illegal alien success story, Obama had no one present from the families of two slain California law enforcement officers -- Sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver and Det. Michael Davis -- who were shot to death in October by an illegal alien released from detention thanks to another new Obama immigration policy. ""Neither President Obama nor Attorney General Holder has expressed a word of outrage over the murders nor expressed sympathy to the families. Oliver left a wife and two daughters. Davis is survived by a wife and four daughters," said an official with the American Civil Rights Union.
White House officials noted that many of the guests were ordinary Americans who had written letters to President Obama. However, the mother of a fallen Mesa police sergeant wrote a letter to Obama last August in hopes of changing immigration laws in the U.S. Police said Mary Ann Mendoza's son, Sgt. Brandon Mendoza, was hit head-on by a driver who had been living in the country illegally for two decades, according to news reports. "Officials said for much of that time Raul Silva-Corona was wanted for charges including burglary, assault and leaving the scene of an accident. When he was finally captured in 2002, he took a plea deal and was allowed to stay in the United States. That's something Mendoza believes needs to change," stated KPHO TV News. The murdered cop's mother never heard from Obama.
Following Obama's speech, the news media blasted conservative Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, for calling President Obama's special guest to State of the Union address a "deportable." Even some Republicans felt he should have been more diplomatic, but they noted that he was correct -- Ms. Zamora is by law eligible for deportation. "Obama perverts 'prosecutorial discretion' by inviting a deportable to sit in place of honor at #SOTU w/1st Lady," Rep. King tweeted.
Zamora -- a university student who's the beneficiary of a tuition-free program thanks to American taxpayers struggling to send their own children to college -- was displayed as an example of someone benefiting from Obama's questionable executive actions. His unilateral changing of the immigration laws passed by the U.S. Congress permits certain children who came to the United States as illegal aliens to stay in the U.S. without fear of federal law enforcement agents detaining them and bringing them before an immigration judge, according to former police investigator Donald Richmond, an African American cop who worked as an undercover narcotics officer for most of his career. "She wasn't a child or a woman; she is a trophy for Obama to display as if he personally paid for her benefits and tuition," Richmond said.
However, Zamora isn't out of the woods just yet, according to a judge's decision last month. A U.S. District Court judge in Pennsylvania issued an opinion that President Obama's unilateral action on immigration -- which permits some illegal aliens to stay in the United States and work -- is unconstitutional. "President Obama's unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause and is [therefore] unconstitutional," said Arthur J. Schwab.
Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for ConservativeBase.com, a columnist for Examiner.com, and a contributor to KGAB radio news, a Fox News affiliate. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.