Posted on March 29, 2023

Fatal Mexican Detention Center Fire near U.S. Border Set by Protesting Migrants

Ildefonso Ortiz and Brandon Darby, Breitbart, March 28, 2023

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced Tuesday that 39 migrants died during a fire at a detention center in Ciudad Juarez. The president said detained migrants started the fire during a protest after the group learned they were going to be deported.

The incident took place on Monday night shortly after 9:30 p.m. at a detention facility run by Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM). The fire began when a group of migrants became agitated and stacked sleeping mats by the door and set them ablaze.


An alarming revelation came in the aftermath when a local news outlet revealed that the migrants had been locked inside the sleeping area of the facility by INM agents and had not been able to escape when the fire started.