Tired of being misled, lied to and false promises never kept, many of my friends who are strong patriots are fighting for policy to restore the sovereignty of our nation, and I am thankful for their efforts. Fighting for true and meaningful border security policy is key to protecting our country.
Texans have the opportunity to lead and I am grateful for fighters working to ensure our conservative principles are not lost. The Texas Solution does not address the right way to achieve border security and immigration reform. Significant changes must be made and this is why I have offered alternative principles.
In fact, I began working on border security and private property landowner rights almost four years ago. Among a host of solutions, I have called for a tripling of our border patrol agents; an immediate deployment of our national guard troops; providing Texas the equivalent number of border patrol agents per border mile as sister border states; categorizing cartel activity as a terroristic threat to cripple the transnational criminal organizations financially; increasing assets and greater technology to give our law enforcement and border patrol agents clear superiority over the cartels; and, providing local law enforcement grants to pay for overtime and local needs associated with the federal government’s failures. Further, from budget savings from my agency, I have provided funding to the DPS to aid with Operation Drawbridge. Drawbridge uses enhanced “game cameras” and places them in strategic locations along the border. In just a little over two years, Operation Drawbridge has successfully apprehended over 30,000 individuals seeking illegal entry and confiscated more than 30 tons of narcotics. I led on border security by commissioning A Strategic Military Assessment of the Texas border and also established a website to aid in border security: www.protectyourtexasborder.com, and wrote a book challenging the administration’s claims of a secure border.
I wholeheartedly agree that border security is priority one and must be accomplished. I do believe border security can be done successfully and, at the same time, address guest worker reform in a manner that puts an end to the defacto amnesty Obama is awarding today with his selective enforcement, ensures American jobs come first, does not reward law breakers and does not allow for citizenship without returning home and utilizing the CURRENT citizenship process. The point I am trying to make is that saying “border security only” ignores the fact that we have an existing but failing guest worker program in place that is adding to the ranks of our shadow economy and giving cover to the drug cartels. Why would we leave in place a system that President Obama is abusing and not take away his advantage?
I understand the skepticism that goes with the concept of achieving both border security and guest worker reforms. How can we not have disbelief when Washington has failed to enforce our current laws, created an ever growing welfare state, and coddled businesses who look the other way as undocumented workers walk through the back door?
The only way to stop the madness that continues to perpetuate our broken system is to demand success on all fronts. I refuse to wait 10 years to get to the next step. We have issues that must be addressed. To that end, we all must fight for the most conservative solutions to stop the Washington madness and continue to hold accountable those who abandon our conservative values.
Todd Staples is the Texas Commissioner of Agriculture and a strong proponent of effective border solutions.