Within a few months, thanks to our congressional PROMESA, the youth of Puerto Rico may receive a minimum wage of $4.25 an hour. Older workers would then be fired, and replaced by the new “$4.25 workers.”
But something even stranger is happening. From all over the US, “recruiters” are pouring into Puerto Rico and encouraging people to leave the island. Here’s how it’s done…
Over the past year, more than half a dozen southern states have recruited Puerto Ricans as “bilingual teachers” for their public schools.
Less than two months ago, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) spent $20,000 on a two-week recruitment trip, to convince Puerto Ricans to join the BPD.
Companies such as Boeing and Disney; NASA; and other government agencies, school districts and hospitals are flocking into UPR Mayaguez, to hire students as soon as they graduate.
Pharmaceutical companies are making repeated trips to every major city on the island.
One doctor per day leaves Borinquen. They’re constantly pursued by medical headhunters, who specialize in “making an offer they can’t refuse.”
“The medical recruitment from the US has cost us a lot,” said Dr. Fernando Luis Joglar. “We can’t pay what the US companies are offering to our doctors.”
Dr. Joglar knows what he is talking about, because he is the President of the Puerto Rico Division of the American College of Surgeons.
If you don’t have a medical degree or a teaching license, and if you’re too old to be a Baltimore cop, there’s still more options.
PUERTO RICANS CAN PEEL FISH IN ALASKA
A large number of hotels – mostly from southern states and Las Vegas, NV – want to hire Puerto Rican women as maids, for $10 an hour.
Alaska is currently seeking Puerto Rican workers – both men and women – who will gut, peel and pack fish for $9.75 an hour.
Overtime is paid at $14.63 an hour.
To some this may feel like opportunity…but the minimum wage in Alaska is $9.75 an hour, and the minimum overtime wage is $14.63 an hour.
So Puerto Ricans are being offered jobs 5,600 miles away, at complete minimum wage, in one of the most expensive states in the country
DON’T GO AWAY MAD…JUST GO
It is thus becoming difficult, to ignore an unfolding pattern In Puerto Rico.
Her own children – the indigenous population – are being forced off the land, sea and air that is rightfully theirs. Over one million Puerto Ricans have fled the island over the past twelve years, and the mass migration is growing.
While US billionaires receive 20-year tax abatements and 30-year P3s, working class Puerto Ricans are slowly bled to death…and told that $4.25 an hour will develop their economy, and strengthen their character.
The rest of the world is told that this is our character…so no wonder the island went broke!
Of course they deserve to lose it!
There is a powerful subtext in all of this.
The US won’t come out and say it…presidents will no longer “invade” the island, and police chiefs will not declare a “War against all Puerto Ricans.”
No…they don’t have to.
Today the aggression is less obvious, and more lethal.
Through corporate and government fraud, media complicity and unearned entitlement, Puerto Rico is being strangled in slow motion.
They hijacked our currency, stole our land, jailed our leaders, and now they lay siege to our spirit.
They smile and patronize us. They hold hearings and send PROMESAS.
They don’t give a damn about us…hell, they barely give a damn about their next-door neighbor. How could we expect them to lift a finger or shed a tear for us, 1,500 miles away?
No…they’ll send us a $4.25 minimum wage, a Financial Control Board, a boatful of NALED, and expect us to be thankful for it.
The fact is, they think they’re superior to us…
The truth is, they just want us to leave…
Except for a few lucky natives who will serve their drinks, and smile on cue, and fulfill a few fantasies, for $4.25 an hour.
Everyone ready and thrilled, to work for $4.25 an hour
But some of us say “no.”
Some of us see another geography.
There’s another island these vultures can go to. An island they have earned. No one will question their right to own and exploit it.
Its name starts with “C” and ends with an “o.”
They’re welcome to go there.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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