Caravanners to Trump: Pay Us $50K and We’ll Go Home
From the beginning, the migrant caravan massed along our southern border failed to match the portrait painted by the mainstream media: a tired, poor, huddled mass of yearning to breathe free.But that’s sketch doesn’t comport with the violent, messy reality. The caravan forced its way into Mexico, from Guatemala. Once in Mexico, it threw rocks and sticks at Mexican police who attempted to halt the caravan’s advance. Then caravan members began refusing food and water offered by Mexican citizens because they wanted soda and pizza instead. As soon as the group arrived in Tijuana, they began leaving bottles of urine and mountains of trash all over the city.In a prior blog, I mentioned an old saying of which my grandmother was fond, “Beggars can’t be choosers.” It’s a folksy way of expressing the notion that when you rely on others for charity, it’s just plain rude to demand something other than what a gracious benefactor is willing to provide.Apparently, that’s a saying the caravan members never learned. According to Fox News and The San Diego Union Tribune, on Tuesday December 11, 2018, two groups of caravanners presented ultimatums to the U.S. Consul General in Tijuana. They made the following demands:
- Either let them into the United States or pay them each $50,000 to go home.
- Halt deportations from the United States.
- Process caravan asylum applications faster.
- Admit up to 300 caravan asylum seekers every day, via the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
- El Salvador received $118,222,593.
- Guatemala received $257,347,600.
- Honduras received $180,977,214.
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