The Biden administration is send 800 more troops to the U.S.-Mexico Southern border, The Hill reports. The announcement Wednesday said the active-duty personnel will focus on “logistics and other functions at the border to allow more Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents and officers to return to their core mission and responsibilities. ”The Department of Defense has already deployed 2,500 state National Guard personnel to assist the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the border. An additional 24,000 CBP agents and officers are deployed to the border, along with 2,600 non-uniformed officers.
The number of border encounters fell in June after the rolling back of Title 42. The Biden administration had paired the lifting of the public health emergency — and the end of Title 42 — with new policies that cracked down on asylum-seeking procedures while creating new mechanisms to make appointments with border patrol agents in advance, to be able to process claims in a more orderly fashion. Those policies now face mounting legal challenges from opponents on both sides of the political spectrum. On Wednesday, the Biden administration announced several steps it was taking to address migration, including extending Temporary Protective Status (TPS) to nearly half a million Venezuelans in the United States.