Tag: San Ysidro Port of Entry

Migrants Demand Trump Let Them into U.S. or Pay Them 50K Each

An ultimatum was delivered to the Trump administration by a group of migrants attempting to make their way into the U.S.: allow them to enter the United States or pay them each $50,000 to turn around and go home.

The outrageous request came Tuesday as two migrant groups marched to the U.S. consulate in Tijuana with a list of demands, according to a report by Fox News.

“The first group of caravan members, that included about 100 migrants, arrived at the consulate around 11 a.m. Alfonso Guerreo Ulloa, an organizer from Honduras, said the $50,000 figure was chosen as a group,” writes Fox.

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

Ulloa says the money would help the migrants return home and start businesses.

A second group of about 50 migrants sent a letter to the U.S. to demand they speed up the asylum process and allow up to 300 asylum seekers to enter the U.S. each day through the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego.

Approximately 6,000 migrants have traveled from Central America to Tijuana as part of the “migrant caravan.” So far, according to Fox News, around 700 of them left and returned home, 300 have been deported, and 2,500 applied for humanitarian visas in Mexico.

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Chaos: Migrant Caravan Members Attempt to Storm U.S. Border

President Trump has threatened to permanently close the U.S. border after hundreds of migrant caravan members–mostly men–attempted to storm the U.S. border between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego on Sunday.

“Mexico should remove the flag waving migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries,” he wrote on Twitter this morning. “Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it any way you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!”

The attempts to storm the border prompted  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents to temporarily close the San Ysidro Port of Entry, according to Fox News.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reported that some of the migrants “sought to harm CBP personnel” by hurling projectiles at them.

“As I have continually stated, DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons,” Nielsen said. “We will also seek to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who destroys federal property, endangers our frontline operators, or violates our nation’s sovereignty.”

Most of the group that attempted to rush the border dispersed within an hour.

On Friday, the mayor of Tijuana announced a humanitarian crisis and said he was asking the United Nations for assistance for the almost 5,000 migrants who have camped in the city since their arrival from Central America.

Last Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol received reports of caravan members attempting to “rush” the port of entry, and released the following statement:

In the early morning hours, CBP officials received reports of groups of persons from the caravan gathering in the city of Tijuana for a possible attempt or attempts to rush illegally through the port of entry instead of presenting themselves as required to a CBP officer. CBP officials suspended operations to safely place impediments at the port of entry that would restrict access to a large group attempting to run through the border crossing. After the CBP response at San Ysidro, no activity materialized at the border crossing.

Chief of Staff John Kelly signed a cabinet order last week which enables troops to take on law enforcement roles as well as use lethal force when needed while deployed at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Kelly stated in the order that the additional directives were necessary because “credible evidence and intelligence” that members of the migrant caravan currently in Tijuana “may prompt incidents of violence and disorder” which could threaten border officials.