Incidentally, this part of the AP write-up on the report is a bit embarrassing for the Obama administration:
Even residents of the border region who want more security are surprised by the talk of violence.I understand and generally support Obama's pragmatic willingness to tack to the center, but to what end on this issue? Sending troops to the border evidently has no policy justification, nor is it going to make Republicans more flexible on immigration reform. Is it all just to be able to say, when a legitimate reform effort does pick up strength, that he extended an olive branch to the right and they still won't play ball?
"I have to say, a lot of this is way overblown," said Gary Brasher of Tuboc, Arizona, who is president of the Coalition for a Safe and Secure Border.
So why send troops to the region?
"That's really something to ask the White House," Easterling said.
White House spokesman Mike Hammer said "there are other rationales for why those border deployments are occurring" but declined to name any of them. "I would really put this to the Department of Homeland Security," he said.
Homeland Security spokesman Matthew Chandler provided a written statement that said more help is needed to build upon "the unprecedented resources the Administration has dedicated over the past 16 months and will serve to expand long-term the successes that have been realized to date."