Any doubts that the “migrant caravan” was anything but a political stunt engineered by enemies of the U.S. and opponents of Donald Trump were laid to rest yesterday when two separate groups of migrants in Tijuana marched to the U.S. consulate demanding, among other things, $50,000 from the U.S. government to go home.
Tell me that mostly illiterate, mostly uneducated peasants could have thought this up on their own.
Two groups of Central American migrants made separate marches on the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana Tuesday, demanding that they be processed through the asylum system more quickly and in greater numbers, that deportations be halted and that President Trump either let them into the country or pay them $50,000 each to go home.
On the one-month anniversary of their arrival into Tijuana, caravan members are pressing the United States to take action but they are dwindling in numbers since more than 6,000 first arrived to the city’s shelters.
Approximately 700 have voluntarily returned to their country of origin, 300 have been deported, and 2,500 have applied for humanitarian visas in Mexico, according to Xochtil Castillo, a caravan member who met with Mexican officials Tuesday. The group of unaccounted migrants, about 3,500 are presumed to have either crossed illegally into the United States, moved to other Mexican border cities, or simply fallen through the cracks.
Mexico’s National Institution of Migration did not respond to a request to verify those numbers Tuesday.
Aside from the obvious manipulation of the peasant migrants, knowingly have them present impossible and ridiculous demands to the U.S. government shows that whoever is really behind this caravan movement does not have the interests of the refugees at heart and is looking to leverage the dwindling number of stage props for a political agenda.
When asked how the group came up with the $50,000 figure, organizer Alfonso Guerrero Ulloa of Honduras, said they chose that number as a group.
“It may seem like a lot of money to you,” Ulloa said. “But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.”
OK, I’m listening. Please present an itemized list of what the U.S. has “stolen” from Honduras. However much it is pales in comparison to the amount we’ve given Honduras in foreign aid, loans, and trade.
The second letter, delivered around 1:20 p.m., came from a separate group of caravan members asking for the U.S. to speed up the asylum process. Specifically, the group asked U.S. immigration officials to admit up to 300 asylum seekers at the San Ysidro Port of Entry each day.
Currently, officials admit between 40 and 100 asylum seekers. The group of migrants say the slow pace violates American and international laws that call for an immediate process, and places vulnerable migrants at risk.
International law calls for the orderly processing of refugees. In this case, thousands of migrants show up and demand asylum, many of them ending up rushing the border — hardly an “orderly” process, wouldn’t you say?
Migrants thought the number of deportations and voluntary repatriations is a reflection of their precarious situation in Tijuana.
“A lot of people are leaving because there is no solution here,” said Douglas Matute, 38, of Tijuana. “We thought they would let us in. But Trump sent the military instead of social workers.”
What are social workers going to do at the border? The guy obviously knows nothing of federal workers, who would have demanded air conditioning and all the amenities before agreeing to work along the dusty, dirty border with Mexico.
This is just the latest stunt pulled by Pueblo Sin Fronteras (“People Without Borders”), the shadowy group headquartered in Chicago that advocates for the destruction of the U.S. as we know it because “half the United States belonged to Mexico” at one time. These people are very media savvy and know how to press the hot buttons of American liberals.
Meanwhile, the deluded migrants continue to suffer in Tijuana, pawns in a political game.