Puerto Rico suffers without federal aid

Bella Sandoval, Staff Writer

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Hurricane Irma swept through the Caribbean in early September. Then came Jose. Then came Maria. Hurricane Maria was like a 50-mile-wide tornado that made a direct hit on the island. Maria did reach Category 5 status but made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane. In the span a few of weeks, Puerto Rico was devastated with the three hurricanes. Many people went without knowing what had happened to their homes and family members for weeks.

“It’s a scary feeling not hearing from family for weeks, we just all prayed as a family, hoped everything would be okay, and now we are thankful they are safe,” said Hart senior, Lexy Salazar, who has family on the island.

In 1917, American citizenship was imposed on Puerto Ricans so they could fight on behalf of the United States in World War I. 3.4 million US citizens live in Puerto Rico, and they are entitled to the same government response as any state. But half of Americans don’t even know that.

After the hurricane, Puerto Ricans were in the dark. There is still not enough water or food on the island. Power will be out for months in some places and it could take four to six months before power is restored. Freshwater is scarce, cellphone towers are knocked out, most hospitals are running on generators with limited fuel, farms are decimated and the, weather radar is down, making it harder to forecast new storms. More 20,000 people have come to Florida from Puerto Rico since October 3. That wasn’t all the hurricane, destroyed.

The mainland had already been absorbing record numbers of Puerto Ricans fleeing economic decline and a mounting debt crisis, with more than 700,000 migrating between 2006 and 2015. On Sunday, October 15 a concert for Puerto Rico was organized by the United Community Center and Latino Arts in partnership with the Pabst Theater Group, American Red Cross and other community partners. Marc Anthony performed live from Miami’s Marlins Park stadium, along with other artists like Daddy Yankee, Alejandro Sanz, Romeo Santos, Prince Royce, Nicky Jam and DJ Khaled, who brought out special guests Fat Joe, French Montana, T.I., Bruno Mars and Busta Rhymes. in Spanish. The funds raised during the telethon will go to Feeding America, Save the Children, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, UNICEF, and Unidos for Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico suffers without federal aid