FWAF Statement on Ciudad Juárez migrant center fire

A fire at Mexico’s National Institute of Migration center in Ciudad Juarez, on the border with the United States, has left at least 38 people dead and dozens more injured. The National Institute of Migration updated the figure on Tuesday night after 40 deaths had been reported hours earlier. In total, 68 people of six nationalities were admitted to the detention center, according to a statement from the National Institute of Migration which details the names but does not specify how many of them are among the dead or injured: 1 Colombian, 1 Ecuadorian, 12 Salvadorian, 28 Guatemalan, 13 Honduran, and 13 Venezuelan.  

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard reported that those responsible for the events were presented to the Attorney General’s office conducting the investigations. Migrants fearing deportation set fire to sleeping mats at the immigration detention center in Ciudad Juarez in northern Mexico. It is one of the worst incidents in a migration center in Mexico. 

We stand in solidarity with migrant families, who above traveling a long journey, now have trauma of dying in a facility. We advise you to call your representatives and communicate your worries after this traumatic tragedy and request solutions; as well as urging the Biden administration to address human rights crisis and humanitarian protection at the border. The Farmworker Association of Florida mourns and expresses heartfelt condolences for the families of the 39 migrants who lost their lives, and for the 29 migrants who were injured in the Ciudad Juárez migrant centerfire. 

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