(CNSNews.com) – At least 35 people were killed when a fire broke out at a migrant detention center in Mexico that was reportedly started by migrants who were upset that they were being deported.
Meanwhile, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is planning to treat some of the migrants injured in the fire at U.S. medical facilities.
A CBP spokesperson said that the U.S. plans to “quickly process and admit” victims of the fire for medical treatment in the U.S., CBS News reported.
CBP is planning to grant parole to those migrants on humanitarian grounds so they can enter the United States legally to receive emergency medical services, the agency said in a statement.
When asked about CBP’s decision and whether it will incentivize the migrants’ behavior, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said it’s about taking care of “some folks that are badly burned.”
“Customs and Border Patrol Protection said that they’re going to be granting parole to some of these fire victims so they can enter the U.S. illegally and receive emergency medical care, but since the Mexican president said that this fire did start as part of a protest when the migrants heard that they were going to be deported, is allowing them into the U.S. now on an expedited basis, does that at all risk incentivizing more of this kind of bad behavior?” Fox News White House Correspondent Jacqui Heinrich asked.
“This is about trying to take care of some folks that are badly burned and really hurt, and we know we can help them. That’s what this is about,” Kirby said.
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