White House Lowering Troop Numbers At Border Amid Migrant Surge

The Department of Defense (DOD) announced this week that it would keep approximately 400 military personnel at the southern border as the flow of migrants increased last month. The news also comes as protests against migrant resettlement grow in cities run by the Democratic Party.

The Pentagon is lowering the number of troops at the border from 1,500 to 400 despite a recent increase in migrant crossings at the border. Last month, law enforcement detained almost 180,000 people attempting to cross the border.

Furthermore, more than 90,000 migrants arrived in the country last month as a family unit, which exceeds the previous high set in May 2019.

The border also saw a nearly 50% increase in the number of children crossing per day. The southern border has seen a significant increase in migrant crossings since the White House announced the end of the Title 42 asylum policy established by former President Donald Trump.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that it “appreciates the extension of 400 DOD personnel who are providing support at the southwest border. The support personnel are critical so that CBP agents and officers can get out in the field to securely, safely and humanely manage the southwest border.”

In recent months, there have been considerable protests against migrant resettlement in locations run by the Democratic Party. New York has seen several major protests against plans to place migrants in a number of facilities, including a former airfield in Brooklyn.

New York has seen approximately 100,000 migrants enter the city since last year. Photos show migrants sleeping in the Big Apple’s streets even as city leaders housed migrants in a number of facilities and hotels.

In addition, New Jersey recently announced that it would not accept any new migrants, including from neighboring New York. The Biden administration is seeking to place migrants in a number of federally-owned airports, including Atlantic City International Airport.

There have been a number of protests at meetings in Chicago against migrant relocation programs such as the use of a former high school in the South Shore neighborhood.