DHS Tells Caravan Migrants to Return Home After Shakedown Attempt

Migrants demanding $50K payoff or entry to US

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says Central American migrants attempting to exploit the United States government should return to their own countries.

Groups of migrants appeared at the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana demanding to be let in to the U.S. or paid $50,000 per person, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Responding to press inquiries about the report, a DHS official says illegitimate ‘asylum seekers’ should not expect to gain entry to the U.S.

“Secretary Nielsen has made clear that being a member of a caravan does not give them special rights for entry into this country and now it looks like some of these migrants understand that the Trump administration’s commitment to enforcing the rule of law, and their own likely lack of a legitimate claim of asylum, means they should return home,” DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman told the Washington Examiner.

“The overwhelming majority of caravan members are not legitimate asylum seekers. If they were, they would seek refuge in the first safe country they entered,” Waldman continued. “Yet, predictably, they turned down Mexico’s generous offer in search of economic opportunity or family reunification in the United States.”

In addition to their demands for entry or cash, the delegation of migrants called for the U.S. to halt all deportations and to speed up the asylum review process in order to admit more of the thousands of migrants from recent Central American ‘caravans’ who have been squatting in Tijuana for up to a month.

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

The United States gave over $127 million in financial aid to Honduras during fiscal year 2016, according to USAID.

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