Asylum Seekers Request To Be Let In Or $50,000 A Piece To Go Home

Two groups of asylum seekers in Tijuana marched to the U.S. Consulate to make demands

  • The first group demanded to either be let in the country or for each member of the group to be given $50,000 to return to their country

  • The second group demanded for amount of asylum requests to be increased from 40 to 100 a day to 300

  • The second group also requested the U.S. to remove Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez from power

  • Neither group knew of the other groups demands or knew what they would do if they were denied

On Tuesday, two different groups from the asylum seeking migrant caravan in Tijuana, Mexico marched to the U.S. Consulate to give the Trump administration two various ultimatums.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the first group to arrive at the U.S. Consulate was made up of about 100 people. It was reported that the group requested to either be let in America, or be paid $50,000 a piece to return to their country.

Organizer Alfonso Guerrero Ulloa of Honduras said the group decided on the number due to America’s intervention in Central America’s politics. Ulloa stated the price was fair in comparison to the damage America is responsible for in Honduras.

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.

In a letter created by the group, the U.S. Consulate was given 72 hours to respond to their demands. The group had not yet decided how they will respond should the Trump administration refuse or ignore the offer.

The second group came roughly two hours later with a letter requesting that the U.S. speed up the asylum process. Currently, immigration officials are only processing 40 to 100 asylum requests a day. The request asks for that number to be increased to 300 a day.

The letter states the current slow process is breaking American and international law that call for immediate processing of asylum seekers. The group also claims the delayed processing is putting migrants at risk as they remain in Mexico which has many of the same problems they are fleeing from in their home countries.

The second letter claims those applying for asylum are “families, women and children, the majority of which are young men who are fleeing from poverty, insecurity and political repression under the dictatorship of Juan Orlando Hernandez.” The group also requested the U.S. to remove Hernandez from power. The two groups were not aware of each others demands.

President Donald Trump threatened to cut off funding to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador if they did not force the caravans to turn around. Since Trump made those threats and deployed active military troops to the border, his position does not appear to have changed.

On Tuesday Trump once again threatened a government shut down once again if his border wall did not receive funding. In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump claimed a mass shooting at the Christmas market in central Strasbourg, France on Tuesday evening was evidence that America needed “additional border security”. At this time it is not clear how the shooting in France is related to America’s southern border.

Another very bad terror attack in France. We are going to strengthen our borders even more. Chuck and Nancy must give us the votes to get additional Border Security!

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