At least 40 people were killed in a fire at a migrant center near the US-Mexico border

A raging fire at a migration center near the US-Mexico border has left at least 40 people dead, and officials believe asylum seekers started the blaze to protest their deportation. waiting for progressing.

Most of those who died were Guatemalan citizens

Based on News APthe incident broke out Monday night at a center run by the National Institute of Migration in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico—just across the border from El Paso, Texas.

A total of 68 men were in the center at the time, and initial report cited 39 deaths while the remaining 29 were transported to hospital in “serious condition. However, the final death toll is believed to have risen to 40.

The injured and dead are believed to be from Central and South American countries including Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. Guatemalan Foreign Minister Mario Búcaro noted that the majority of those who died were Guatemalan citizens.

Officials say migrants burn mattresses in protest while awaiting deportation

Notably, AP News reported that Andrés Manuel López Obrador – the president of Mexico – said the fire was started by the migrants themselves after learning they would be deported.

As to how the situation turned out, López Obrador added, “They never imagined that this would cause this terrible misfortune.”

However, we must note that there are some opinions that contradict the official reports that it was the migrants who set the fire. Additionally, Dallas Morning News reporter Alfredo Corchado noted that one Haitian immigrant considered the situation a “crime against humanity.”

“We want justice. This is a crime against humanity.”

Besides, Felipe Gonzalez Morales—United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants—blames the tragedy on “the widespread use of immigration detention.”

There are no further updates at this time. We send our prayers and condolences to the survivors, as well as the families of those who lost their lives.


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