López Obrador visits the border after a fire killed 39 migrants

Mexico City, March 31 (EFE).- Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he will visit Ciudad Juárez, on the northern border, this Friday after 39 migrants died on Monday. the injured.

“I will reach the medical part, mainly the attention of the wounded is the most important for me. I don’t know (if I’m going to harm the victims), but I’m going to meet with the doctors that they did nothing to save their lives, now it’s fundamental. she said.

At the daily press conference, the president said that he will ask the doctors to “examine all the wounded so that they do not miss anything.”

His comments come as scrutiny of the Mexican government increases after a fire broke out Monday at the National Immigration Institute (INM) migration station in Ciudad Juárez, on the US border.

Nearly 70 migrants from Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela were being held in state custody pending deportation.

Among the 39 dead migrants are six Hondurans, seven Salvadorans, 18 Guatemalans, one Colombian and seven Venezuelans.

Among the 28 injured are five from El Salvador, 10 from Guatemala, eight from Honduras and five from Venezuela.

López Obrador confirmed that “they are in the insurance clinics, as well as in the public hospital, the ISSSTE hospital (Institute of Social Security in the State Workers’ Service).”

“They are taken care of, they are supported so that nothing is missing, but still I am going today and they are going with me, and the Secretary of Health, Jorge Alcocer, and Zoe Robledo, the Director of Social Security. I’m going to stay there,” he insisted.

In fact, five people have been arrested since this Thursday, including three employees of the INM, two private security guards and an arsonist.

“We should ask the prosecutor’s office to take action regarding this tragedy, there is no impunity. This is the difference with other governments, we are not going to hide the truth, we are not going to protect anyone, but it is very painful,” he said.

Criticism of the government’s responsibility has grown as leaked security videos show callous agents as detained migrants beg them to open the door, and victims’ compatriots have condemned the tragedy as “could have been avoided”.

López Obrador has confirmed that the deaths of these migrants are the second most painful episode of his presidency, after the explosion of a hidden gasoline pipeline in Hidalgo, Tlajellilpan, which killed 137 people in 2019.

“This (migrant fire) moved me, broke my spirit and helps me deal with this pain, which we did a lot for the migrants. Since I arrived, there is evidence that I was “hard and hit” and asked the United States government to take care of migrants,” he said. EFE


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Source: El Diario





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