Alfonso Guerrero Ulloa, a political activist from Honduras, is calling on the government of the United States to either allow thousands of asylum seekers and other migrants admission into the country or pay them each to go home. “It may seem like a lot of money to you,” Ulloa told the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper. “But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.”

Guerrero Ulloa was once a suspect in a 1987 bombing that wounded five American servicemen in Honduras. Following the bombing, according to a UPI report, Guerrero Ulloa was granted asylum in the Mexican embassy, which led American diplomats to issue a protest to Mexico. On August 7, 1987, a bomb detonated at the China Palace restaurant in Comayagua, a town 35 miles northwest of Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital. Five U.S. soldiers from the joint airbase at Palmerola were wounded. In addition, six Honduran nationals were injured.

Guerrero Ulloa fled to the Mexican embassy in September 1987. U.S. diplomats demanded that he be released for questioning by police in Honduras. Authorities in the Central American republic did arrest four leftists in Comayagua, but after questioning their charges were dropped. The suspects were released after 10 days. At the time, the U.S. military was providing military assistance to Honduras and to Nicaraguans fighting against the Sandinista regime in neighboring Nicaragua.  After gaining asylum by Mexican authorities, Guerrero Ulloa has lived in Mexico since the 1980s and has been involved in leftist causes ever since.

On Wednesday, Guerrero Ulloa demanded a halt to deportations and that persons seeking asylum be processed more quickly. Citizens of Honduras marched to the consulate of their country in Tijuana during the morning hours. A letter from a first group of about 100 migrants demanded an end to U.S. intervention in the Central American isthmus but also asked for the removal of Honduran President Orlando Hernandez. 

A second group of migrants demanded that the U.S. admit 300 asylum seekers each day at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. About 40 to 100 are currently being admitted. “In the meantime, families, women and children who have fled our countries continue to suffer and the civil society of Tijuana continue to be forced to confront this humanitarian crisis, a refugee crisis caused in great part by decades of U.S. intervention in Central America,” their letter states.

Apart from organizers from Mexico and Central America, there were others from the United States. In a rally that was streamed online on Tuesday, one identified himself as Rev. Neal Anderson of the Unitarian Universalist church in the U.S. Speaking through a bullhorn, he told the rally that he was there to “show solidarity” with them and the right of migration for all. According to the Shialweb channel on YouTube, Anderson was featured in one of two such rallies organized by Irineo Mujica -- an American citizen who resides in Arizona and who has been closely associated with the annual so-called caravans of migrants who have presented themselves at the border dividing the U.S. and Mexico.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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