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Department of Agriculture throws 2 cents on immigration

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A new series of videos highlights the dangers of life along the Texas border.  They were produced and posted to YouTube not by Border Patrol or ICE, but by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The short films depict drug smuggling, human trafficking and illegal immigration.

"I've sat on my back porch and a group of ten go past," says Brooks County rancher Linda Vickers in one clip. "It does feel like an invasion."

The interviews make the case that more help is needed from Washington, DC.

But these videos aren't really helping the situation, claims one local immigration activist. Tony Diaz says they are alarmist and inflammatory -- and they needlessly politicize a complicated situation.

"I want the bad guys to be caught," explained Diaz. "But it will take brilliant ideas to catch the bad guys. These videos are just like scary bedtime stories."

Diaz questions why the videos were funded by the Department of Agriculture, which does not regulate immigration.

Ag Commissioner Todd Staples tells FOX 26 News his agency does regulate the people who are most affected by the problem.

"When you have rural landowners and farmers and ranchers that are being chased off their property," said Staples, "and you have an administration in Washington that's in denial, these farmers and ranchers and landowners are asking for relief."


To see the Texas Department of Agriculture's series of videos about the Texas border, click here:

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