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•  Hurricane Irma

  Hurricane María

•  Hurricane Congress

                      Hurricane Congress!!!

  • In total disregard of the plight of 3.5 million loyal American Citizens residing in Puerto Rico, the new Tax Reform dismantles the Island's economic development by treating Puerto Rico as an independent nation for tax purposes, something everyone agrees would be catastrophic.
  • Congress can get away with it because Puerto Rico lacks the political power. Residents of the Island are denied the right to vote for the President nor have the right to congressional representation to protect its residents against actions of this sort.
  • Congress responded to the recent atmospheric disasters by creating a common fund to deal with events in Texas, Florida, California, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and placed the distribution in the hands of Federal agencies. The American citizens of Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands, though the most affected as determined by the Federal agencies, are at a disadvantage not having congressional representation nor the Presidential vote when competing with three of the four States with the most members in Congress.

A tragedy of historical proportionss

  • On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma softened the Island's infrastructure as it paved the way for Hurricane María exactly two weeks later. The hurricanes paralyzed the economy, damaged over 200,000 houses, washed away roads and destroyed all communications, uprooted 62,000 electric poles creating an Island-wide blackout. Over 30,000 people lost their jobs and over 200,000 fled the Island
  • The Secretary of Homeland Security has expressed that more people were affected in Puerto Rico than with Katrina, Irma and Sandy combined. 
  • Puerto Rico contracted with the Corps of Engineers to repairthe electric grid yet the Federal Agency did nothing for thirty days.
  • Three months after María, one-third of power production had not been reestablished and almost half of the population lacks power.
  • Federal assistance has been late and limited when compared to the less affected States that vote for the President and are represented in Congress.  

       

Demand Equal Treatment for the American Citizens of Puerto Rico

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  • Require the U. S. Corp of Engineers and all other Federal agencies to perform their obligations fully and expeditiously.
  • Congress and Federal agencies must assign the resources to not only repair but rehabilitate and build the necessary infrastructure in order to be prepared for future situations that may occur as early as this year.
  • Not to impose on Puerto Rico taxes designed to protect American manufacturers from the competition by foreign countries. Puerto Rico is part of the United States and the policy to promote American manufacturing must not ignore that fact.
  • In order to protect American manufacturing in Puerto Rico, Congress cannot put Puerto Rico at a disadvantage with foreign countries.
  • Due to the present situation caused by the hurricanes, Congress must do away with the Fiscal Board it imposed that continues to limit the ability of Puerto Rico to deal with the aftermath of the hurricanes.
  • To reaffirm that the rights of citizens are individual in nature and apply to all regardless of the individual's race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation or place of residence.
  • Democracy is government by the will of the governed. Puerto Rican residents have been discriminated because politicians don't care much for people who cannot vote. Denying the right to vote to an American citizen because of his place of residence is intrinsically undemocratic. All citizens, wherever they reside, must be guaranteed the right to vote to elect the President and the right to congressional representation.

As Fellow American Citizens we endorse this

DEMAND FOR FAIR TREATMENT FOR PUERTO RICO

We demand equal treatment for Puerto Rico

​and all citizens accross the Nation.

No more second-class citizenship


The Tragedy of Puerto Rico

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