The Biden administration is poised to pull troops from the southern border despite rising migrant crossings.
An anonymous Department of Defense official he said Associated Press that the Pentagon will withdraw 1,100 troops from the border on August 8. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin first sent the troops in May for a 90-day stay amid the migrant surge surrounding the expiration of Title 42, the pandemic-era rule that allowed officials to turn migrants away. Austin has authorized 400 troops to remain on the border until August 31.
The withdrawn troops help with tasks such as warehouse support and data entry, freeing up Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, officials say.
The removal comes as the border sees an increase in footfall, particularly in Arizona, the Texas Tribune reported:
The news comes after the Washington Free Beacon reported that the White House is ignoring its own limits on asylum seekers and allowing more migrants into the country.