Migrant group demand Trump either let them in the U.S. or pay them $50,000 each to go home

Migrant group demand Trump either let them in the U.S. or pay them $50,000 each to go home

Two groups of Central American migrants made a list of demands and submitted them to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday, with one group delivering an ultimatum to the Trump administration: either let them in the United States or pay them $50,000 each to go home.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that among the other demands were that deportations be halted and that asylum seekers be processed faster and in greater numbers.

The first group of about 100 migrant caravan members arrived at the consulate around 11 a.m. Alfonso Guerreo Ulloa, an organizer from Honduras, said the $50,000 figure was chosen as a group.

“It may seem like a lot of money to you,” Ulloa told the paper. “But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.”

Alfonso Guerreo Ulloa said the money would allow the migrants to return home and start a small business.

A letter from the migrant group criticized the U.S. intervention in Central America and asked the United States 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.

700 have returned home, 300 have been deported and 2,500 have applied for humanitarian visas in Mexico of the roughly 6,000 migrants who’ve traveled from Central America to Tijuana, according to Xochtil Castillo, a caravan member who met with Mexican officials Tuesday.

Other migrants 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.”

Report by Rahid for MilneNews.com

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