The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

February 15, 2013

Todd Staples writes book about borders

Palestine Herald-Press


Palestine native and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples has written a book, “Broken Borders, Broken Promises: How Porous Borders Are Robbing America’s Future.”

“We must forge a new path to preserve the promise of America. Our porous border is not only allowing violent drug cartel members to invade the United States and poison our future with illegal drugs, but it has created a thoroughfare for millions who have come looking for work in the shadow of our laws, exploiting a failed immigration system that amplifies the insecurities of our border,” Staples said in a news release.

“My experiences working with citizens along the Texas/Mexico border, employers across the state and policy leaders across the entire nation inspired me to write a book to discuss this monumental problem.

“‘Broken Borders, Broken Promises’ provides conservative, practical approaches to securing our porous borders with broad and strategic immigration reform.”

The book’s foreword is written by Fox News contributor Robert Scales, a retired U.S. Army Major General and former Commandant of the U.S. Army War College.

All net proceeds from the book’s sale are being donated to causes to secure the border, support law enforcement and foster ideas to reform the immigration system.

“I encourage all who are concerned about our broken borders and failed immigration system to learn more about how we as a state and country can come together and not abandon our beliefs, but find real conservative solutions to an issue that can no longer be ignored,” Staples said.

The artwork of the Statue of Liberty used in the cover design was drawn by his wife, Janet Staples of Palestine.

The book was published by Tate Publishing and available online in paperback at A Kindle version is available at

Special guest to visit church

Vashti Murphy McKenzie, who serve as the 117th elected and consecrated bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service at Grant Chapel AME Church, 708 W. South St. in Palestine.

Her historic election in the year 2000 represents the first time in the over 213-year history of the AME Church, a woman had obtained the level of Episcopal office. Currently, she serves as the presiding prelate of the 10th Episcopal District, which includes the state of Texas.

She previously served as the presiding bishop of the 13th Episcopal District, Tennessee and Kentucky and the 18th Episcopal District in Southern Africa. In each district she initiated innovative ministry from building three group homes for children orphaned by AIDS in Swaziland to Believe Inc. a faith-based non-profit to help resource local congregations and provide scholarships.

McKenzie was appointed to serve on the Advisory Council of the White House Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships by President Barack Obama in 2009. She is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustee of Paul Quinn College in Dallas, and also is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Theological Center in Atlanta, Ga.

McKenzie is the author of four books. The first two, “Not without a Struggle” and “Strength in the Struggle” concern leadership and professional growth for women.

“Journey to the Well” helps women seek new directions for personal growth and transformation following the footsteps of the Biblical Samaritan woman. Her latest book, “Swapping Housewives,” tells the stories of Rachel, Jacob and Leah and shares the 21st century implications for married and unmarried love.

McKenzie, described as an “electrifying preacher,” has been honored for her leadership, community service, and outstanding achievements by a number of diverse civic, educational, business and governmental leaders. McKenzie’s messages and prayers can be read and heard at

The Rev. John Henry Holmes Jr. is the pastor of Grant Chapel AME Church.