Nearly half of the island doesn't have phone service, and 43% of Puerto Rico's 313 banks are still closed. They have now been hit with two bad storms, leaving the island in near total ruin.
President Donald Trump called on Congress to act on disaster relief to help Puerto Rico through recovery from Hurricane Maria Thursday, criticizing the country's poor infrastructure and electrical grid.
The US President, quoting author Sharyl Attkisson, accused Puerto Ricans of creating a looming financial crisis "largely of their own making". As Gen. Mattis has said, "they are USA citizens, so it is all hands on deck". The Fund will invest in disaster relief, sustainable rebuilding, and capacity building for MA nonprofits that will serve the substantial migration of Puerto Ricans to Boston and throughout the Commonwealth that is expected in the months ahead.
Puerto Ricans are US citizens and deserve the same support from our government as any other USA citizen in time of need in a catastrophe. They are exempt from paying US federal income tax but do pay into Social Security and Medicare. Numerous fellow soldiers that were drafted when I entered service were from P.R. According to the 2000 census, there are more Puerto Rican veterans than there are from one of the original states, DE as well as several other states.
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To make matters worse, Puerto Rico's financial state was awful to begin with, as Trump explained. They have a congressional representative that cannot vote, but can serve on committees. The U.S. occupied this island after the Spanish-American War in 1898 and the population was granted citizen status in 1917.
Americans are the most generous people on the planet and do more to help other countries than the rest of the world combined.
The drive at Calvary Orlando Church in Winter Park was coordinated by Cox Media Group Orlando, Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and Florida Hospital, which has had emergency physicians on the island more than a week assisting local physicians in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
MIAMI BEACH Mayor PHILIP LEVINE, who is arranging the staging ground in FLORIDA for shipment, said the crisis "requires our ongoing support and commitment, which is why I'm thankful to the NAB for stepping up to provide critical communications infrastructure".