Fatal Mexican Detention Center Fire near U.S. Border Set by Protesting Migrants

(EDITORS NOTE: Image depicts death.) Body bags of migrants killed following a fire at the National Migration Institute (INM) in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Monday, March 27, 2023. A fire at an immigration detention center in Ciudad Juarez in Northern Mexico was due to a protest by the migrants themselves when they were going to …
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Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced Tuesday that 39 migrants died during a fire at a detention center in Ciudad Juarez. The president said detained migrants started the fire during a protest after the group learned they were going to be deported.

The incident took place on Monday night shortly after 9:30 p.m. at a detention facility run by Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM). The fire began when a group of migrants became agitated and stacked sleeping mats by the door and set them ablaze.

“They didn’t imagine that this would cause such a terrible tragedy,” the Mexican president said during his morning news conference. “We still don’t know the names or the nationalities of those who lost their lives. It is so sad for this to happen.”

In a prepared statement, INM officials revealed that the incident was under investigation. The investigation has been referred to Mexico’s Human Rights Commission.

In total, the shelter held 68 migrants. Authorities were providing medical care to the 29 migrants who survived.

An alarming revelation came in the aftermath when a local news outlet revealed that the migrants had been locked inside the sleeping area of the facility by INM agents and had not been able to escape when the fire started.

What the INM statement does not reveal is why their national monitoring system, which has several cameras inside, did not alert authorities about the fire or the protests when they first began. As Breitbart Texas reported, INM has a state-of-the-art monitoring center with thousands of cameras that are hooked up to all of the detention centers and facilities. That center has been plagued with allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

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