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Mexico identifies 8 responsible for fatal fire in immigration center

The government of Mexico reported this Wednesday that after the first investigation of the General Prosecutor of the Republic (FGR) has identified 8 alleged perpetrators of the fire at the immigration station in the north of the country that claimed the lives of 39 migrants.

At the moment, eight people probably responsible for the events have been initially identified”, said at a press conference, the head of the Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC), Rosa Icela Rodriguez.

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Among them, two federal agents, a state immigration agent, as well as five agents from the private security company, who are already rendering their corresponding ministerial statements, he added.

The official said that the Mexican government “condemns the poor performance of public servants who did not adhere to the protocols for the protection of life and civil protection”.

And he pointed out that all those possibly involved in the tragedy “will be summoned to render a statement, whether or not they are public servants”, among them the director of the Migration’s national institute (IMM) of Mexico, Francisco Garduno.

In no way will the facts be hidden, nor will anyone be protected. In this government, abuses and violations of human rights are punished”, pointed out Rodríguez when offering a report on the fire that occurred in the facilities of the INMlast Monday night.

He also said that the INM will be in charge of the return of the bodies and mobility. migrants and relatives, in addition to the care of 27 migrants who remain injured in hospitals.

He remembered that the Secretary of Foreign Relations (SRE) established contact with the governments of Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, The Savior and Venezuelato coordinate the identification and transfer of bodies to their countries of origin”.

A serious and professional investigation is carried out and until the truth is reached, headed by the FGR”, indicated Rodríguez, who expressed that “there was a serious crime” in the immigration stay of Juarez City and questioned:Who did not allow these people to leave?”.

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This Wednesday, the Government of the state of Chihuahua The number of deceased migrants rose to 39, after the federal Executive lowered the number to 38 on Tuesday night.

Despite the figure, the identity and origin of this deceased person was not clarified, or if it was one of the migrants who were injured.

The fire occurred last Monday night at a station of the National Institute of Migration (INM) when, according to the government’s version, the migrants set fire to the mattresses in protest after receiving notification that they would be deported.

Since then, the Mexican government has changed the number of deaths five times: the night of the events, 37 were counted; President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in his daily press conference on Tuesday, raised it to 39; throughout the day, she Ministry of the Interior increased it to 40, and then lowered the figure to 38.

López Obrador assured this Wednesday that his government “does not hide anything” about the incident at the immigration station, where almost 70 migrants from countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador were detained at that time.

Leaked security videos show impassive agents while detained migrants asked them to open the door, and compatriots of the victims have denounced that the tragedy “could be avoided”.

The presence of migrants in the area has intensified this year since the United States announced new measures, including the immediate deportation of migrants from Haiti, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba who arrive illegally under the Title 42.

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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, as nearly 900 died trying to cross without documents from the country to USA.

Source: Elcomercio

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