The Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obradoroffered this Wednesday his condolences to Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador, the countries of origin of the 38 migrants who died this week in the fire at an immigration station on the northern border.
I want to express my condolences to the relatives, to the inhabitants of the countries where the migrants who unfortunately lost their lives in this fire in Ciudad Juárez come from,” the president declared in his daily press conference.
“My deepest condolences to the family, to our Venezuelan, Guatemalan, Salvadoran, Ecuadorian, Colombian brothers, and to the governments of these countries,” added the president.
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The scrutiny of Mexico has grown since the fire on Monday night at a station of the National Institute of Migration (INM).where there were almost 70 migrants whom the Government was going to deport.
AMLO asserts that the fire was caused by migrants themselves
Most of the migrants who died, 28, were from Guatemala, while the rest, in addition to another 28 injured, were from the other countries mentioned by López Obrador, who did not provide further details.
And now the saddest thing is to transmit this regret and take care that the seriously injured are treated, save lives, “said the Mexican president.
The president has blamed a protest by migrants for causing the fire, but promised an investigation by the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR).
The first thing is to inform, care for the sick and tell the relatives of those who lost their lives that we are going to act responsibly and punish if there is any attitude of fraud, inefficiency, something that has been done wrong way,” he promised.
Before the incident, INM agents had carried out an operation to remove migrants begging from the streets.
The presence of migrants in the area has intensified this year since the United States announced new measureswhich include the immediate deportation of migrants from Haiti, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba who arrive by land under “Title 42”.
The Mexican government has also faced criticism from human rights organizations for accepting US policies and deploying more than 20,000 agents of the Armed Forces at the borders for immigration tasks.
According to Mexican civil organizations, 2022 was the most tragic year for migrants in Mexico, since nearly 900 people died in the attempt to cross without documents from the country to the United States.
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