On July 2, the New York Times called for Jones Act reform: an end to the archaic Law of Cabotage, which has crippled the island’s shipping industry for 95 years.
Over the past week, ALL of the following issued long, urgent reports about “the crisis in Puerto Rico.”
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Los Angeles Times
Al Jazeera America
New Yorker Magazine
Even presidential candidates have jumped in.
On July 7, Hillary Clinton called for changes in U.S. bankruptcy laws, to enable Puerto Rico to restructure its debt.
Two of Clinton’s rivals – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley – demanded the same bankruptcy changes.
Hillary Clinton campaigns on the island of Puerto Rico
And so, after 117 years of colonial rule, the world is paying attention to the dysfunction in Puerto Rico. Unfortunately for many people, this “attention” is happening too late.
Over the past ten years, more than 400,000 Puerto Ricans fled the island. For the first time in history, there are more Puerto Ricans living in the U.S. mainland (4.7 million) than in Puerto Rico (3.6 million).
They’re moving to New York, North Carolina, Texas, Florida…every state in the Union. In Florida alone, there are now over 1 million Puerto Ricans, roughly 700,000 of them in the Orlando area.
Adaíl Nieves is one of those people. To see his story of hope, and struggle, and ultimately despair…read the column by Nelson Denis in National Journal.
There are many sad things in this story. National Journal was courageous to publish it.
The saddest thing is that…
Adaíl’s story is happening all over Puerto Rico.