A group of Central American migrants facing deportation by Mexican officials set fire to a Mexican immigration facility as Mexican authorities reported migrant caravans were using firearms and Molotov cocktails.
These are among the “peaceful migrant caravans” Democrats are referring to who are days away from reaching the Mexican-US border.
The facility was used by Mexican officials as a checkpoint and as a makeshift detention center for Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) in Pijijiapan, Chiapas, Televisa Noticias reported.
The group allegedly set fire to their mattresses. Breitbart News reports that those housed in the facility were about to be deported included 21 men, five women and three children.
Authorities believe they set the fire to provide a distraction from their escape, to continue making their way north to the U.S.
Firefighters came to put out the fire while Mexican Federal Police officers detained the alleged culprits and moved them to a large immigration facility in Tapachula, Chiapas, Breitbart News reports.
The fire is just another example of violence in a string of violent encounters Mexican authorities have had with illegal migrants. Just hours earlier Mexican Federal Police arrested two Honduran men who allegedly fired at police guarding the migrant caravan in Chiapas on its way to the U.S., Breitbart News reported.
The Mexican government offered Honduras migrants temporary jobs, health care, and education if they agreed to stay in southern Mexico and follow Mexico’s asylum procedures. Most rejected the offer. According to the Mexican government, 111 migrants accepted the offer and requested Mexican identification documents.