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Author: William-Jose Velez

Almost 200,000 have Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria

The residents of Puerto Rico have continued to leave the US territory in large numbers in the twelve months since Hurricane Maria devastated the islands. An estimated 198,000 people have left the Caribbean islands as the pace of the recovery and reconstruction languished, according to figures calculated by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. “This rate of emigration from Puerto Rico is unprecedented in Puerto Rican history,” said Dr. Edwin Meléndez, director of the center and professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College. “It is an indication of stagnant conditions on the islands and the...

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US House approves Jenniffer González-Colón’s Maritime Border Security Review Act

The United States House of Representatives has passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón: HR 5869, the Maritime Border Security Review Act. This bill requires the US Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a detailed threat analysis of the United States’ maritime border, including the Transit Zone and the borders and territorial waters of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Federal authorities have long been concerned about criminal activity along the Transit Zone, a seven million square-mile area, roughly twice the size of the continental US, that includes the sea corridors of the western...

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Oversight Board, Governor react to court decision upholding board’s authority over Puerto Rico’s elected government

The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico welcomed a federal court decision to uphold its authority to approve and certify fiscal plans and budgets for the territory and its instrumentalities. The board urged the Government to fully implement the certified fiscal plans and budgets. “The certified fiscal plans are Puerto Rico’s roadmap for a better future,” said José Carrión, chairman of the board. “There can be no doubt that the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget certified by the Oversight Board is the only one and must be enforced. We call on all stakeholders to get back to work...

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González-Colón seeks to ease home buying for Puerto Ricans who moved to mainland after Hurricane María

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (R, NPP) has presented a bill, HR 6209, to prevent discriminatory treatment against a customer whose income originates in Puerto Rico or another of the US territories who seeks to purchase a home in the rest of the US. “The lack of knowledge about the legal relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States has an effect on the Puerto Ricans who seek to rent or buy a home in the mainland states.  People like the thousands of Puerto Rican families who moved to the mainland states after Hurricane María face problems when...

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