Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the President of Mexico, announced on Tuesday that a fire took place at an immigration detention center.
The incident occurred in Ciudad Juarez, located across from El Paso, Texas. The dangerous fire led to the deaths of 40 migrants.
On Monday night, the fire broke out on Monday at the facility. Sixty-eight men from both Central America and South America were detained at the time.
The National Immigration Institute confirmed that there were 29 people who were severely injured. The Mexican attorney general’s office identified the dead and injured as individuals from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador, with Guatemalans being the largest group of victims.
Guatemala’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Mario Búcaro, stated that his government is seeking to find those responsible for the tragedy. The Mexican President reported that the fire was started by migrants who were protesting after learning that they were to be deported.