Mexico’s Interior Ministry announced it will deport some 500 migrants who attempted to storm the US border, the BBC reported on Sunday.
The migrants were captured after trying to cross the border “violently” and “illegally” near the city of Tijuana, the ministry said, adding that all those who attempted to cross the border would be deported immediately.
It also says that “in coordination with local authorities of the State of Baja California,” the Ministry was able to “contain” the group of about 500 migrants “who, in a violent way, tried to cross the border of Mexico with the United States, in the border crossing of El Chaparral, Tijuana.”
Tensions have been high in Tijuana since thousands of migrants arrived earlier this month, saying they are fleeing persecution and violence in Central America.
President Donald Trump has vowed to keep each migrant on the Mexican side of the border until courts have decided their asylum applications, which could take months.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also announced on Sunday that the U.S. will “seek to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who destroys federal property, endangers our frontline operators, or violates our nation’s sovereignty,” the Washington Examiner reported.