At his regular morning press conference at the National Palace, the president explained that the fire had to do with a protest that the migrants started because they found out that they were going to be deported.
At the door of the shelter, he noted, they put mattresses and set fire to them and did not imagine that they were going to cause this terrible misfortune.
He added that all 39 dead migrants are mainly from Central America and some from Venezuela.
The head of State pointed out that elements of officials from the Attorney General’s Office are already in place to ‘proceed legally.’
The National Institute of Migration said that a complaint had been filed before the corresponding authorities to investigate what happened and, if necessary, to proceed accordingly. The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) was notified so that it may intervene in the legal proceedings and safeguard the foreigners.
Sixty-eight individuals of legal age from Central and South America were housed in the immigration center, and 29 foreign migrants were injured in the incident and were taken in serious condition to four local hospitals for immediate medical care.