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39 Asylum Seekers Die in Fire at Mexican Immigration Detention Center Near U.S. Border

HeadlineMar 28, 2023

In northern Mexico, more than three dozen asylum seekers have died in a fire at the National Migration Institute, an immigration detention center in the border city of Ciudad Juárez near the Santa Fe International Bridge to El Paso, Texas. At least 39 people were killed and 29 others injured — most of them Venezuelans. Multiple news outlets, including La Jornada, report the fire broke out after officials with the National Migration Institute began cracking down on migrants earlier in the day. This comes just two weeks after hundreds of asylum seekers, mostly from Venezuela, were blocked by barbed wire and riot police as they tried to cross from Juárez into El Paso, Texas, to apply for relief. 

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