Puerto Rican U.S. citizenship is permanent and irreversible re: Citizenship November 1st, 2018
As Professor Venator-Santiago indicates in his article, “The Jones Act of 1917 was neither the first nor the last law enacted by Congress containing a citizenship provision for Puerto Rico.” That statement is more accurate today than ever. Puerto Rican U.S. citizenship is as contested now as it was in the decade preceding the enactment of the Jones Act. In part, its contention is given by the territorial status of Puerto Rico. However, regardless of the future political status of Puerto Rico, the granting of citizenship to Puerto Ricans in 1917 cemented the permanent and irreversible incorporation of its people into the American polity...
How Latest Federal Appropriations for Disaster Relief Help Puerto Rico re: Congress November 1st, 2018
After passing both the US House and Senate, the third in a series of supplemental appropriations for disaster relief was signed by the President on February 9, 2018, the same day a funding gap had led to a brief government shutdown during the morning hours. This latest bill provides up to $89.4 billion for disaster relief efforts throughout the US and its territories. The disaster supplemental was attached to a continuing resolution necessary to fund the government and avoid a government shutdown. The bill includes funds allocated specifically for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands—something that was lacking in previous appropriations. $4.8 billion will go toward the funding of Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program for two years, as well as $2 billion for electric power restoration and $9 billion for housing and infrastructure projects. This bill joins prior appropriations passed in September following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and a $36.5 billion package in October 2017...
Puerto Rico Disaster Relief and Recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria re: Energy and Environment November 1st, 2018
Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane with winds of 145 mph to 155 mph, landed in Puerto Rico Wednesday morning just a few days after Hurricane Irma. It had devastating effects on the island. A special issue of the Centro Voices e-magazine focuses on In the News, Relief Events, and Where to Donate...
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