Migrants march to US consulate in Tijuana, demand entry or $50K to go home

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TIJUANA (KRON) – Two separate groups of Central American migrants marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana, demanding that President Trump let them into the country or pay them $50,000 each to go home, reports say. 

The first group of about 100 arrived at the Consulate early Tuesday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. 

That group’s organizer, Alfonso Guerrero Ulloa of Honduras, told the newspaper the group chose the $50,000 number as a group. 

“It may seem like a lot of money to you,” Ulloa told the publication. “But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.”

Representatives from the second group of migrants met with Mexican immigration officials later that day to ask them to stop working with local police in deporting caravan members. 

U.S. and Mexican officials have been wrangling over migration and how to deal with asylum-seekers at the border as Tijuana, a border city of 1.6 million residents, struggles to accommodate the crush of migrants.

Tijuana public safety secretary Marco Antonio Sotomayor Amezcua said in a news conference that Mexican police would be prudent in their use of force, but “we have to guard at all cost that the border posts are not closed again.”

Baja California state Gov. Francisco Vega said almost 9,000 migrants were in his state — mostly in Tijuana, with a smaller number in Mexicali — and called it “an issue of national security.” Vega issued a public appeal to Mexico’s federal government to take over responsibility for sheltering the migrants and deport any who break the law.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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