Caravan Migrants Demand Trump Gives Them Entry to US or $50k Each to Go Home
Migrant groups storm US Consulate in Tijuana with list of demands for President Trump
Two groups of migrants from Central American caravans marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday with a list of demands for the United States Government.
Leaders of the groups also delivered an ultimatum for President Trump to either grant them entry into the U.S. or pay each of the migrants $50,000 each to return to their home countries, according to reports.
One of the groups' leaders told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the $50k demand was a small price to pay "compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras."
Among other demands were that asylum seekers be processed faster and in greater numbers and that deportations be halted.
The first group of caravan members, that included about a hundred migrants, descended on the consulate around 11 a.m.
One of the organizers from Honduras, Alfonso Guerrero Ulloa, said the $50,000 figure for "compensation" was chosen as a group.
“It may seem like a lot of money to you,” Ulloa told the SDUT.
“But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.”
According to Fox News, Ulloa said the money would allow the migrants to return home and start a small business.
A letter from the group criticized U.S. intervention in Central America and asked the U.S. to remove Honduran President Orlando Hernandez from office.
They gave the consulate 72 hours to respond.
A letter from the second group of about 50 migrants arrived at the consulate around 1:20 p.m. asking the U.S. to speed up the asylum process and to admit up to 300 asylum seekers each day at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego.
Currently, around 40 to 100 are admitted.
“In the meantime, families, women, and children who have fled our countries continue to suffer and the civil society of Tijuana continue to be forced to confront this humanitarian crisis, a refugee crisis caused in great part by decades of U.S. intervention in Central America,” the letter states.
Of the roughly 6,000 migrants who’ve traveled from Central America to Tijuana, around 700 have returned home, 300 have been deported and 2,500 have applied for humanitarian visas in Mexico, according to Xochitl Castillo, a caravan member who met with Mexican officials Tuesday.
Others have either crossed into the U.S. illegally, moved to other parts of Mexico or have fallen through the cracks, the Union-Tribune said.
“A lot of people are leaving because there is no solution here,” said Douglas Matute, 38, of Tijuana.
“We thought they would let us in.
"But Trump sent the military instead of social workers.”