Count of Puerto Ricans fleeing to Florida now over 200,000, straining state resources

Count of Puerto Ricans fleeing to Florida now over 200,000, straining state resources
The island is still recovering the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria (Image: YouTube screen grab via CBS)

[Ed. – If Republicans had any sense at all, there would be a concerted effort under the GOP brand to help these folks get on their feet and walk on them, steady.  If they could build a new, productive life in the 50 states, they’d have the choice of going back to Puerto Rico with a fresh perspective, or staying on the continent and having hope and a future.  Leaving crisis responses like this to the Democrats is always a mistake.]

As Puerto Rico continues to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Florida legislators are calling on Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to seek additional federal aid for the hundreds of thousands of evacuees that have come to the state.

The lawmakers sent a letter Monday urging Rosselló to request that FEMA extend the federal hotel voucher program, known as the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, so evacuees can continue to receive the assistance for hotel stays across the state. The program is set to end Jan. 15.

“There are tens of thousands of families living in Florida and if just one family becomes homeless due to lack of action by the federal government or those officials making decisions in Puerto Rico, it is one family too many,” Sen. Victor Torres, D-Orlando, said in a statement.

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