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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott Declares State Of Emergency As 100,000s Of Puerto Ricans Flee To Florida

As mayors of cities with large Puerto Rican populations continue to advocate for federal assistance to help with the resettlement of hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans who are expected to temporarily seek shelter with friends and families in the US, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Florida, allowing state agencies to take extraordinary measures to assist families that will soon be arriving in droves to cities like Orlando and Miami, both of which feature large Puerto Rican populations.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Scott announced that disaster relief centers will be set up at Orlando International Airport and in Miami to help those seeking refuge in Florida.

“Puerto Rico is absolutely devastated and so many families have lost everything,” Scott said in a released statement. “Our goal is to make sure that while [Puerto Rican] Governor [Ricardo] Rosselló is working to rebuild Puerto Rico, any families displaced by Maria that come to Florida are welcomed and offered every available resource from the state.”

The relief center at OIA, and two others at Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami, open Tuesday, according to a release from Scott’s office, just days after Puerto Rican airports reopened following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

“These Disaster Relief Centers will help Puerto Ricans coming into Florida get matched with all the available state resources they may need and ensure that as families come into Florida, they are given the tools they need to work and provide their children with a great education,” Scott stated.



Anonymous said...

Yeah they will get here and never leave. Add more to the government pay out list.

Anonymous said...

If they stay in Puerto Rico they will not pay federal taxes; if they move to Florida they will.

Anonymous said...

3:06. While technically correct that they do not pay federal personal income taxes they still pay social security, Medicare, import export and federal commodity taxes. And they are United States citizens.

Anonymous said...

Ahhhhh 441, that's what "they" want us to think!!!


Enough of this slop, 3 days until TGIF!

Anonymous said...

Why are you cheering for someone else to pay taxes?
What benefit do you and I receive from other people's taxes?

Anonymous said...

Yea , they Won't stay because Too much Taxes in Florida
compared to PR ....They Not Dumb !!! We are !!!