Trump waives shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico for hurricane relief

by Antonio Miles September 29, 2017, 0:35
Trump waives shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico for hurricane relief

Mr Trump "has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico", a statement said on Twitter.

"A lot of people who have families in the mainland of the United States are going to have no choice but to leave", he said.

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But for the people of Puerto Rico - where much of the island's infrastructure has been destroyed, leaving many homeless and without potable water - disaster relief can't come soon enough. Damage in Puerto Rico alone accounts for more than 85 percent of the loss. People in the tight-knit community immediately began to check on the well-being of their neighbors and share water and other supplies (many opened beers or cooked meat before it spoiled in refrigerators without power).

The entire island is in a communications and power blackout, Washingon Post reporters there say: "Estimates for the return of electricity and basic services will be measured not in days but in weeks and months".

"We can use more help", Cruz said.

"Puerto Rico needs more help, Mr. President". We'll update as more information becomes available.

Why the Trump administration is taking heat: It bolsters criticism that Trump cares a lot less about Puerto Rico than he does about US citizens on the mainland. "We are supposed to be treated equally". Governor Ricardo Rossello called the devastation an unprecedented natural disaster. "It is meant to ensure we have enough fuel and commodities to support lifesaving efforts, respond to the storm, and restore critical services and critical infrastructure operations in the wake of these devastating storms".

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All are struggling with the overwhelming devastation of Hurricane Maria, which began tearing across the island early in the morning of September 20 as a Category 4 storm with winds of 155 miles per hour.

Even if the waiver helps speed cargo to the island, Puerto Rico is still struggling to move supplies around. After it passed, neighbors formed volunteer brigades to cut away fallen trees and clear mountain roads after the storm. We're just hoping to get a lot of support and help. That order included Puerto Rico, but expired last week shortly after Hurricane Maria struck.

What is the Jones Act?

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in a tweet, noted that the administration "has finally waived" the Jones Act.

The regulation was created to promote the American commercial shipping industry. Borja and others from Hoos for Puerto Rico gave a presentation about the history of the USA and Puerto Rico to Student Council Monday.

This means aid from countries such as the nearby Dominican Republic can not directly be sent to the devastated island.

The White House previously lifted the act for southern states crippled by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, allowing foreign ships to bring supplies to Texas and Florida.

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