Migrants march to US consulate in Tijuana, demanding reparations

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A group of Central American migrants hold a demonstration outside of the US Consulate in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on December 11, 2018. – Thousands of Central American migrants, mostly Hondurans, have trekked for over a month in the hopes of reaching the United States. (Photo by GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)

TIJUANA, Mexico — 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, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

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.

Read the full story on the San Diego Union-Tribune’s website.

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