Trump lifts Puerto Rico shipping restrictions

Farmer Luis A. Pinto Cruz sells produce to a customer from his kiosk in Yabucoa Puerto Rico on Sunday. He drove to the capital last week to stock up on vegetables for the kiosk because his 14,000 plantain trees are all dead his cattle are gone and he
'Apocalyptic' devastation in Puerto Rico; Island faces humanitarian crisis Governor says
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29 September, 2017

A week after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico leaving the island with a grave agriculture crisis, Donald Trump waives the historic Jones Act, a bill preventing foreign ships from importing goods and services to the USA colony.

The Trump administration waives a century-old shipping law to improve the flow of aid into Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

The act has had the unintended effect of making it twice as expensive to ship things from the USA mainland to Puerto Rico as it is to ship from any other foreign port in the world, according to Arizona Republican Sen.

Service stations have been able to stay open only a few hours at a time, while most hospitals lack power or fuel for their electrical generators.

Even as FEMA and the USA military have stepped up relief efforts, many residents have been exasperated at the prolonged lack of electricity, reliable supplies of drinking water and other essentials.

In Puerto Rico, there is still a struggle to deliver aid to those who need it most after Hurricane Maria. He said "a lot of people who are in the shipping industry don't want it" waived, followed by unintelligible nonsense. "You have to remember that not only did Irma come through and create quite a bit of damage and destruction that we were working to fix, but Maria was. one of the strongest storms that Puerto Rico's seen since the 20's and let's face it, the infrastructure is weak and there were no building codes and so there is a lot of devastation and we understand that".

About 9,500 containers of supplies were sitting at the Port of San Juan Thursday morning, said Yennifer Alvarez, spokeswoman for Puerto Rico's governor.

On a personal note, Rosas hopes to have confirmation soon for his trip to Puerto Rico, which is scheduled for Sunday.

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Hurricane Harvey inundated Texas, Hurricane Irma tore through the Florida Keys and now Hurricane Maria has devastated the residents of Puerto Rico, leaving many for days without water, power or fuel.

"We are grateful that our cries for justice were heard and that the president did the right thing and stood on the right side of history", San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said on CNN after the waiver was announced.

University students have organized this week to raise money for victims in Puerto Rico where the Category 4 storm left residents without electricity or sufficient food and water. The governor, who has staunchly defended Trump's response to the hurricane, retweeted her post with a "Thank you @POTUS" - referring to the Republican president's official Twitter handle. "The second night we were there, I talked to my husband and I said 'I'm sorry honey we're going to have to change our plans".

"Now Congress must repeal this law to aid long-term recovery", McCain wrote.

"A foreign relief shipment to Puerto Rico, they have two choices", said Scott Miller, an global trade expert with the Center for Strategic & worldwide Studies.

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That would further a vicious cycle already underway, where fewer workers means less tax revenue, which hurts the economy, which encourages even more people to leave.


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