Thank you for this article, many people need to be warned about the dangers of invasive imported plants.
Here in Texas we have a program too, and I have been on many of the weed removal parties.
We especially have a problem with Japanese Privet, it covers large areas shading out all other vegetation.
In my own yard I have removed all Texas invasives even if they are beautiful plants. I was not aware of the invasive properties of some plants until I got involved in the Master Naturalist program.
It amazes me that nurseries sell these plants to unsuspecting gardeners.
We need a lot more public education.