Texas Agriculture Commissioner Tackles Border Violence

According to the Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Texan farmers and ranchers are threatened by border violence and only vigilant enforcement of border security can prevent a potential agricultural catastrophe.

For the past several years, immigration and border security have been controversial issues in the agricultural community. In several states, local legislatures have passed tough new immigration laws designed to curb the influx of undocumented workers. Arizona, Georgia, and Alabama, for example, all passed laws giving more power to local police to verify the status of detainees while simultaneously requiring all employers to use the federal E-Verify system in order to determine the immigration status of potential employees.

Agricultural communities, however, have largely opposed these types of laws. Without migrant farmworkers, they argue, it is all but impossible to harvest crops (due to the low levels of citizens interested in agricultural manual labor).

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, however, is bucking this trend, citing a critical lack of border security as a major threat facing the agricultural community. Earlier this week he unveiled his proposed “Protect Your Texas Border” initiative, which would call on the federal government to recognize Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. In addition, the initiative calls on the feds to sell surplus military equipment (including unmanned drones) to Texas law enforcement. Beefing up the border, he argued, would limit the flow of undocumented workers, and could prevent border violence between cartels and farmers (violence that he estimates represents a grave threat to Texas agriculture).

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer