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3 immigrants who escaped Arizona immigration center are hospitalized after having car crash in Mexico

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By The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, CA Local News, California

Three of the immigrants who said they escaped an Arizona migrant detention center on Tuesday are in a Mexican hospital after what the Mexican Department of Health described as a nearly fatal car crash.

On Tuesday, three undocumented immigrants who said they escaped the U.S. Border Patrol T. Don Hutto Residential Center in El Paso — a building that resembles a giant motel — were involved in a crash in Tamaulipas, according to the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Miguel Angel Parada, of Indio, became head laceration and skull fracture victim. His two companions suffered severe injuries and were treated for their injuries in local hospitals, according to the ministry.

Mexico had asked the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City to send a doctor to help treat the injured migrants, but had yet to receive authorization to do so.

The three men were identified as Parada, Carlos Antonio Arana Vela, of Nogales, Sonora, and Sergio Rubielo Romero, of Morelia, Michoacan. They were one of seven migrants who ran away from the Hutto detention center, said T. Don Hutto detention center spokesman Joseph Skaggs.

Skaggs could not confirm Tuesday if the men escaped from his center or had been transferred elsewhere in the U.S. There are about 660 inmates in the Hutto facility, he said. The center is scheduled to open a new unit this month, with room for a maximum of 50 immigrant detainees.

“When people work at a crossing point, they are taken to a holding station where they get fingerprinted,” Skaggs said. “When they are released, they get released on their own recognizance. But in some cases they are sent to centers like the Hutto Detention Center, but it depends on their status.”

At Tuesday’s press conference in Puebla, Vice President Ofiedo Argudin said Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is “very concerned” over the accident.

“Any serious accident or incident like this is deeply considered and we go to great lengths to ensure the well-being of the individuals involved,” he said.

The third migrant taken to the hospital in Juarez on Tuesday had survived an earlier DUI accident, the ministry said. The migrants are all about 18 to 20 years old.

“We sincerely feel for their family members,” Vice President Argudin said.

The accident took place in a mountainous region of Tamaulipas, a state near the Mexican-Texas border, where the border fence is seven feet high and the Mexico-US border is lit.

For The News Service of Florida

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