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Central American migrants submit incredible list of demands to Trump administration before they will go back home


Two groups present demand letters at the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana

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Two groups of Central American migrants marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday with a list of demands for the Trump administration, the San Diego Tribune reported.

What are the details?

The first group of about 100 arrived at the consulate before noon. They presented a letter that ordered their asylum or that they are paid $50,000 each to turn around and head back home.

"It may seem like a lot of money to you," organizer Alfonso Guerrero Ulloa of Honduras told the newspaper. "But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras."

The letter criticized the U.S. government for its response in Central America and requested that the U.S. government oust Honduran President Orlando Hernandez from office.

Trump had threatened to stop financial aid to Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala if the governments didn't intervene to stop the caravan before reaching the border.

The second group of about 50 arrived a couple of hours later with their demand letter.

They insisted that the U.S. to speed up the process for asylum. They demanded that the U.S. border officials allow up to 300 asylum-seekers each day at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego.

The current rate of entry is between 40 to 100, according to the Tribune.

"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 said.

More than a dozen from the second group had participated in a hunger strike that demanded a speedier process.

The group also asked Mexican authorities to stop deporting the migrants.

What else?

The caravan of more than 6,000 migrants first arrived at the Mexico-U.S. border in Tijuana a month ago.

The numbers have shrunk in recent weeks as about 700 returned to their home countries, 300 have been deported, and about 2,500 have applied for asylum, according to the report. Thousands more are believed to have crossed illegally into the U.S.

Mexico's National Institution of Migration did not respond to the Tribune's request to verify those numbers.

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