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.

Scott’s emergency order will allow state agencies braod autonomy to waive regulations and do whatever is necessary to help Puerto Ricans. Importantly, it could also help bring more federal funding to help the state cope with aid efforts.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm, wreaking destruction across the island and knocking out power and water. Most of the island remains without electricity and potable water 12 days after the storm hit.

State lawmakers have said they expect at least 100,000 Puerto Ricans to flee to Florida because of Maria, forcing the state to step up its education, housing and job-placement offerings. It's expected that some of those displaced by the storm could resettle permanently, as the reconstruction effort in Puerto Rico is expected to take months, if not years.

State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, said the Legislature should hold a special session, as he estimates hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are coming to Florida. The 2018 regular session starts in January.

“FL needs 2 deal w/humanitarian crisis + over 100K Boricuas who'll seek refuge here right now, not in Jan.,” he tweeted.

We now wait to hear from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio. NYC officials have said more than 100,000 Puerto Ricans could arrive in NYC alone.


Freddie Chupacabra-322 Mon, 10/02/2017 - 15:13 Permalink

You are a deplorable Chupacabra.   Puerto Rico gets looted and destroyed by the elites and politicians so it is totally broke.  And now the hurricane makes things even worse.  We destroyed an island that should be a paradise with lots of money - we move to Florida to destroy that.  Sick.Make PR a tax shelter island that attracts rich people like the Caymans.  Make it a separate independent country.  The place would boom.  

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JRobby Freddie Mon, 10/02/2017 - 16:11 Permalink

Florida is destroyed. Serious pollution and fresh water issues.The trash is piled into giant mounds and grass is grown on it.Fertilizers and pesticides from Big Agri (which has a strong hold on Tallahassee) golf and "landscaping" wash into the canals, rivers and inland waterways.Sewage goes into septic tanks and seeps into the canals, rivers and inland waterways. It is a major "recovery facility" center. They come from all over for "the cure" and never leave.

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MK13 Freddie Mon, 10/02/2017 - 16:37 Permalink

'We destroyed?' I didn't participate. And it's not like US enslaved population of PR to socialism. PR is a socialist non state that get $10 billion dollars from Feds to keep acting like Venezuela and line pockets of corrupt politicians.

Set PR free and cut off the cancer of federal tit. PR residents will have to do wo Uncle Sam and his minions, pull up their dirty britches and get to work. Catastrophe is growth opportunity, treat it as such.

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garcam123 Chupacabra-322 Mon, 10/02/2017 - 16:24 Permalink

At least 20% of them are likely screamin hot Latinas, and there's no hotter women on the planet!  I think they've had like 5 miss Universe's.I hope they ALL bail to Florida and New York, where I theink they all well born before they moved to PR, then I'll go and retire close to a place called Jobo's on the class surf!Get hooked up with a Senorita and I'll be dialed in!

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MK13 garcam123 Mon, 10/02/2017 - 16:41 Permalink

Hogwash. Same diabetes, renal failure, strike and heart attack prone populace that you get in Central America. I don't want that as part of my health care bill.

Hot women in South America all have European roots, rest are mestizo descendants that reach to the level of the table - and know their place in social standing. Google Peru and Argentina to understand the difference.

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Yog Soggoth Chupacabra-322 Mon, 10/02/2017 - 19:25 Permalink

That's OK, I might be part Taino a thousand years ago or more. It is time to rid ourselves of the unpure Caribe blood through warfare anyways. At least they speak Spinglish. Just trying to be positive about it. Gov. Scott needs to be replaced by Jim Grant ASAP. It is not like they could just shut down part of the Ocala bombing range not in use and set up town with seabees, and still have communications with Orlando towers.

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Paul Kersey BLOTTO Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:35 Permalink

Does anyone remember the first few years in Florida, after the Mariel boatlift (ending in 1980) resulted in 125,000 Cubans finding their way on the shores of Florida?

"About half of the Mariel immigrants decided to reside in Miami permanently, which resulted in a seven percent increase in workers in the Miami labor market and a 20 percent increase in the Cuban working population. Aside from the unemployment rate rising from 5.0% in April 1980 to 7.1% in July"

"The Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980 provided $100 million in cash, medical and social services (Senator Stone and Congressman Fascell) and authorized approximately $5 million per year to facilitate the Mariel refugees' transition to American life. The 1980 Census was also adjusted to include Mariel children to ensure that additional assistance would be available to them through the Miami-Dade County Public Schools via Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Assistance Act (ESEA)."

Surely the Puerto Ricans, who are U.S. citizens, will be granted much better assistance.

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Chupacabra-322 BLOTTO Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:53 Permalink

@ BLOTTO, is not word. It’s FACT.

Democrats and Puerto Rican teamsters have orchestrated a stand-down of essential supply distribution throughout Puerto Rico in an effort to make President Trump appear ineffective at responding to the humanitarian crisis.

The Puerto Rico teamsters Union called “Frente Amplio,” a group of private contractors working for the federal government, are refusing to distribute key supplies throughout Puerto Rico because they’re seeking revenge over policies they view as hurtful to their industry set by the Puerto Rican governor.

“It’s just not true,” said Col. Michael Valle, commander of the federal relief effort in Puerto Rico. “As a Puerto Rican, I can tell you that the problem has nothing to do with the U.S. military, FEMA, or the DoD.”

“The aid is getting to Puerto Rico. The problem is distribution. The federal government has sent us a lot of help; moving those supplies, in particular, fuel, is the issue right now.”

Valle says they have the water, food, generators, medicine, and fuel, but they’re not being moved across the country as quickly as needed, and there’s ships full of supplies that still need to unload at the ports which remain full.

“It’s the lack of drivers for the transport trucks, the 18 wheelers,” Valle said. “Supplies we have. Trucks we have.”

“However, only 20% of the drivers show up to work.”

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