In Puerto Rico, Containers Full Of Goods Sit Undistributed At Ports
"It's one thing to get supplies to Puerto Rico. But officials at the Department of Homeland Security, which administers FEMA, say moving goods around the island is the bigger challenge. Diesel is short. Drivers are scarce."
"These containers are full of food, these containers are full of water, full of medicine ... full of construction materials," says Vice President Jose Ayala, who notes a barge a day has arrived since the port opened on Saturday. "It has reached Puerto Rico. The problem is we can't get it on the shelves."
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NOTE to the people of Puerto Rico: keep fighting for statehood.
I'm not going to say that statehood would specifically help you in this immediate crisis, and I know the issue I'm about to over-simplify is actually complicated, but if you were a state, you would have 7 electoral votes (also meaning 5 Reps and 2 Senators). Those 7 votes would have been enough to keep George Bush the Younger out of office and therefore to keep the USA out of Iraq, and to prevent the creation of ISIS. Those 2 Senators could force a leftward shift in that august chamber, and give a powerful voice to America's Spanish-speaking community.