Deadly fire at Mexico immigration detention center

March 28, 2023

We will wait for the official information and, from this moment on, we send our condolences to the families of the migrants.

Federal deputy of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Andrea Chavez, after a fire broke out in an immigration center near the U.S.-Mexico border. At least 38 people have died.

This is a developing story.

Who: At least 38 people died and 28 are injured, according to Mexico’s National Migration Institute, which said the injured were taken to four hospitals. The agency said that at the time of the fire, there were 68 men from Central and South America in the dormitory facility where the fire occurred.

What: A fire broke out at an immigration facility that hosts individuals who are preparing to cross the U.S.-Mexico border or who are waiting on U.S. asylum requests. It is “one of the deadliest incidents ever at an immigration” facility in Mexico, according to The Associated Press. An investigation by several Mexican authorities, as well as Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission, is underway.

When: Around 10 p.m on Monday.

Where: In a dormitory in an immigration detention center run by the National Migration Institute in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The facility is located near the U.S.-Mexico border, just across from El Paso, Texas.

Why: Mexican President Andrés López Obrador said Tuesday that individuals who were told they would be deported set sleeping mats on fire in the facility, starting the blaze. He said, “They never imagined that this would cause this terrible misfortune.” In its statement on the incident – coming before President Obrador spoke – the National Migration Institute said it “energetically rejects the actions that led to this tragedy” without further description of the actions.

Ciudad Juárez live updates (NPR)

Video shows guards walking away during fire that killed 38 (The Associated Press)

by Jenna Lee,