Written by Julie Silva Friday, 23 May 2014 09:49
Cindy Hyde-Smith had read about the border and seen news reports about Mexican drug cartels, but Wednesday she and eight other agriculture commissioners from around the country toured the border for themselves.
“I thought the river would be bigger than it is,” said Hyde-Smith, Mississippi agriculture commissioner. “We were very surprised coming from the Mississippi River. The rest of us throughout the country, we just are not aware of the problem that’s here. It's very real, and it makes you realize this is just the front line. This is everybody’s problem; this is not just Texas’ problem.”
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples invited Hyde-Smith and seven other commissioners from Maryland, Maine, Wyoming and other states to tour the border with him and see first-hand the challenges with border security and immigration.