More than 1,000 migrants break out of southern Mexico detention center

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About 1,300 migrants escaped from a detention center in Mexico Thursday night, according to Reuters.

The Mexican National Migration Institute said in a statement that about 700 of the escapees, most of whom are Cuban nationals, had been returned to the facility but that 600 had not been located as of Thursday.{mosads}

Reuters reported that the Estación Siglo XXI detention center is located in the city of Tapachula, which is near the Mexico-Guatemala border. 

The government agency said that there had not been a confrontation between the migrants and authorities. 

Mexico has deported 15,000 migrants over the last 30 days as President Trump puts pressure on the country to stop people from reaching the U.S., Reuters reported, citing Mexican officials. Trump on Wednesday reiterated a previous threat to close the U.S.-Mexico border if Mexico did not stop a new caravan of migrants. 

“Mexico must apprehend the remainder or we will be forced to close that section of the Border & call up the Military. The Coyotes & Cartels have weapons!” Trump tweeted.

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