Posted on December 12, 2018

Caravan Migrants Attempt to Extort $50,000 Each from U.S. Government

Chiara Fiorillo, Daily Mail, December 12, 2018

Two groups of migrants from Central America marched to the American consulate in Tijuana, Mexico, yesterday, with a list of demands to the Trump administration.

One of them asked the American president to either let them in the country or pay them $50,000 each to go home, a report said.

The first group, including about 100 migrants, arrived at the consulate around 11am on Tuesday.

Alfonso Guerreo Ulloa, an organizer from Honduras, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the $50,000 figure is not a very big sum.

‘It may seem like a lot of money to you,’ he said.

‘But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.’

Thanks to this amount, he said, the migrants could return home and start a small business there.

The caravan migrants also asked the US to remove Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez from office.

The group gave the US consulate 72 hours to respond to their letter.

The second group, made up of about 50 migrants, asked the US to speed up the asylum process.

They asked the administration to allow up to 300 asylum seekers to enter the United States daily at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, where 40 to 100 migrants are currently admitted every day.

The letter says: ‘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.’

‘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.’