Migrant Groups March to U.S. Consulate Demanding $50,000 or U.S. Entry

Groups of Central American migrants marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana Tuesday, demanding reparations. 

The two groups made demands of the Trump administration, asking that they be processed through the asylum system more quickly and in greater numbers, that deportation be halted and to be let into the U.S. or pay them $50,000 each to go home. 

The caravans of migrants fleeing their home countries arrived in Tijuana a month ago, desperately seeking a way to get into the United States. Since their arrival, approximately 700 have voluntarily returned to their country of origin, 300 have been deported, and 2,500 have applied for humanitarian visas in Mexico. 

There are about 3,500 migrants unaccounted for that are presumed to have either crossed illegally into the U.S. or moved to other Mexican border cities, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune

The first group that bombarded the U.S. Consulate consisted of about 100 migrants asking for $50,000 EACH to go home or let them into the U.S. immediately.   

The group backed the $50,000 figure by announcing "it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.”

The group gave the U.S. Consulate 72 hours to respond but said they do not know what they will do if their demands are not met. 

The seperate second group demanded that the Trump administration speed up the asylum process and admit 300 asylum seeker at the San Ysidro Port of Entry each day. Officials currently admit between 40 and 100 asylum seekers a day.

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