How is it possible that migrants were locked up with no chance of escape?: AI

The fatal fire in a immigration center in Ciudad JuárezChihuahua, which caused the death of 38 migrants -a figure adjusted by the National Institute of Migration (INM)- “is a consequence of the restrictive and cruel migration policies” shared by the governments of Mexico and the United States, accused the organization Amnesty on Tuesday. International (AI).

“These devastating facts account for the a truly inhuman immigration control system. How is it possible that the Mexican authorities have locked up human beings with no chance of escaping the fire?” Erika Guevara-Rosas, AI Americas director, said in a statement.

In addition, he considered “extremely insensitive and offensive” that both President López Obrador in his morning press conference, and the National Migration Institute in an official statement, “have insisted on using euphemisms to minimize the seriousness of the events that occurred and blame migrants for the events.”

Immigration stations are not ‘shelters’, but detention centersand the people are not ‘housed’ there, but deprived of their liberty”, explained Guevara Rosas.

In the statement, AI noted that the countries of the region, led by the United States, “They have established shared immigration policies that are increasingly inhumane”making access to the right to request asylum almost impossible and forcing people to seek more dangerous routes that put them in a greater situation of vulnerability.

He recalled that in the strategy that seeks to curb migration in collaboration with the United States and Canada, the Mexican authorities “have established powers for the National Guard in immigration matters and they have militarized the borders“.

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In addition, they have used immigration detention systematically. “Only in 2022, The immigration authorities detained at least 318,660 people in immigration stations and they expelled more than 106,000, including children and adolescents.

The organization indicated that according to a statement from the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR), among the dead and injured there were 28 Guatemalans, 13 Hondurans, 12 Venezuelans, 12 Salvadorans, one Ecuadorian and one Colombian.

This Tuesday afternoon, the Mexican government raised to 40 the number of migrants killed by a fire in a center of the National Institute of Migration (INM) in Ciudad Juárez; however, he later adjusted the figure to 38 deaths and placed the number of injuries at 28.

The INM said that it indicates that it collaborates with the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) and with the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH). with “testimonies and evidence to clarify the truth of what happened”, on Monday night in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. (EFE)

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