- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A group of about 100 Central American migrants currently camped out in Tijuana, Mexico, have reportedly sent a letter to the U.S. government demanding entry or $50,000 each to go back to their home countries.

The group, organized by Alfonso Guerrero Ulloa of Honduras, marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday morning to present a letter of demands, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

“It may seem like a lot of money to you,” Mr. Ulloa said of the proposed $50,000 payout. “But 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 to the letter, but said they have no plans if their demands are rejected, the Union-Tribune reported.

“I don’t know, we will decide as a group,” Mr. Ulloa told the paper.

Mr. Ulloa is also asking the U.S. government to exonerate him after he claims he was falsely accused of attacking a Chinese restaurant in Honduras in 1987, the Union-Tribune reported.

A second, separate group of about 50 migrants also petitioned the government on Tuesday, demanding that the U.S. speed up the asylum process, which currently admits between 40 and 100 asylum seekers every day, the Union-Tribune reported.

“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 reportedly read.

Mexican immigration officials in Tijuana met with representatives from the second group, organized by the nonprofit Pueblo Sin Fronteras, on Tuesday, the Union-Tribune reported.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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