Republican leader stops in Tyler, speaks about immigration issues


POSTED: Monday, June 3, 2013 - 5:21pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 3:48pm

Texas Agriculture Commissioner and East Texas from Palestine, Todd Staples stopped in Tyler on Monday.

UT Tyler hosted a book signing for him, he unveiled his new book 'Broken Borders, Broken Promises' to East Texans.

He expressed his concerns about immigration reform and issues. Staples will be running for Lieutenant Governor in 2014.

"I want us all to stop and think, we are very blessed as a nation, we are very blessed as a state," says Todd Staples, Texas Agriculture Commissioner.

Todd Staples is known as a true conservation leader for Texas, and he's concerned for the future of Texas and immigration reform.

In his book, he explains the importance of securing the Texas Border from drug dealers and human smugglers crossing Texas soil.

He wants the Obama Administration to take action.

"We do need to start any conversation with a secure border that occurs by more boots on the ground, by using surplus military equipment that American tax payers have already paid for and deploying those assets to help our law enforcement that are on the border today," says Todd Staples, Texas Agriculture Commissioner.

East Texans say they're honored to have someone like Staples to speak up for immigration issues in the state.

Here's what East Texans has to say-

"I'm glad to have Commissioner Staples in town, I've known him since he was City Councilman in Palestine, 30 plus years ago, he's truly one of the good guys in politics," says Charles Hill.

"'Here in East Texas we take a lot of pride in doing things right so it's good to see one of our own carry that tradition down to Austin where we need more people with East Texas common sense," says Reeve Jackson.

Staples says, the decisions we make will determine our future.

"People are moving to Texas because of jobs, because if economic opportunity, but I don't want the Texas of tomorrow to look like the California or Washington D.C.. Of today," says Todd Staples, Texas Agriculture Commissioner.

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