Washington, D.C. — More than three dozen migrants have died and 29 more were injured in a fire at a migrant processing center in Mexico on Monday night. Protests calling for justice for the victims and better conditions for migrants in detention have followed the incident.
“Our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” said Jennie Murray, President and CEO of the National Immigration Forum. “This tragedy is just one example of the dangers that people face while trying to reach safety in the United States. The U.S. and Mexico must implement policies that respect human life and dignity and protect the rights of all people — first and foremost the right to life.
“Both countries must work together to guarantee safe conditions for migrants while their cases are being processed. We must find ways to respond efficiently and safely to people who are fleeing harsh conditions. No matter the merits of an individual’s case, seeking refuge should not be a death sentence.”