While experts were keenly aware of the coming storm of migrants from Central America, few would have imagined that the event would become a ransom negotiation.
Yet, that’s how many feel today as the caravan participants have made a wild demand of the United States as their siege of Tijuana has lasted for weeks, prompting city officials to demand action.
Members of the “Honduran Migrant Caravan” marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday and delivered a letter directed to President Donald Trump, demanding entry into the United States or $50,000 each to return home. They also requested the removal of military installations in Honduras.Advertisement - story continues below
Approximately 200 members of the caravan departed El Barretal camp in southeast Tijuana to the offices of the National Institute of Migration (INM) and later the U.S. Consulate General to hand deliver a letter outlining demands. The demonstration aimed to accelerate the process for migrants to request asylum and work in the United States. Security for the effort was provided by federal, state and municipal police, according to local reporting.
At the consulate, the migrant caravan was stopped by a team of riot police and were told to select a group of spokesperson to deliver the letter. The marchers were later directed toward two buses to transport them back to El Barretal.
Worse yet, the caravan participants created a deadline for the United States reminiscent of something you’d see from hostage negations schlock films of the 70’s.
The letter states that if the U.S. wants migration to stop, it should remove its security and economic interests from the region, which includes 13 military installations. If entry is not granted, the migrants seek $50,000 USD each to return home. They also asked for the removal of the sitting Honduran president.Advertisement - story continues below
The letter is signed, “The Honduran Caravan Migrants,” and set a 72-hour time limit for a response.
At this rate, it’s almost surprising that the migrants didn’t end their letter with “…or else”.