The Biden administration is set to pull troops from the southern border despite a surge in migrant crossings.
An anonymous Defense Department official told the Associated Press that the Pentagon will pull 1,100 troops from the border by August 8. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin first sent the troops in May for a 90-day stint amid the migrant surges surrounding the expiration of Title 42, the pandemic-era rule that allowed officials to turn migrants away. Austin has authorized 400 troops to stay at the border through August 31.
The pulled troops assist 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 a surge in crossings, especially 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 to enter the country.