Two groups of Central American migrants marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday with a number of demands, with one group dropping an ultimatum to the Trump administration to either let them in the U.S. or pay them $50,000 each to go home, a report said.
Among other demands were also that deportations be stopped and that asylum seekers be processed faster and in greater numbers, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The first group of caravan members, that included about 100 migrants, got to the consulate around 11 a.m. Alfonso Guerreo Ulloa, an organizer from Honduras, said the $50,000 figure was chosen as a group.
Ulloa told the paper “It may seem like a lot of money to you, “But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.”
He said the money would enable the migrants to go back home and start a small business.
A letter from the group condemned U.S. intervention in Central America and told 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 got to the consulate about 1:20 p.m. demanding the U.S. to speed up the asylum process and to accept up to 300 asylum seekers daily at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. Presently, around 40 to 100 are admitted.
The letter states “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,”.
Nearly 6,000 migrants who’ve journeyed 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 Xochtil Castillo, a caravan member who met with Mexican officials Tuesday.
The Union-Tribune said others have either crossed into the U.S. illegally, gone to other parts of Mexico or have fallen through the cracks.
Douglas Matute, 38, of Tijuana said “A lot of people are leaving because there is no solution here, “We thought they would let us in. But Trump sent the military instead of social workers.”