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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 12, 2017 

Contact: Carolina González, cagonzalez@seiu32bj.org(929) 287-4263

VAMOS4PR STATEMENT ON TRUMP REMARKS TO WITHDRAW FEDERAL AID AGENCIES FROM PUERTO RICO

The following statement can be attributed to Héctor Figueroa, President of SEIU 32BJ, steering committee member of VAMOS4PR:

 

"President Trump's remarks about abandoning federal relief efforts in Puerto Rico are more than cruel. The president of the United States should continue reminding the American people that three weeks after Hurricane María hit the island, more than 3 million American citizens are still without electricity, the island's health system is on life support, with patients dying, right now, because of minor complications. Food, water and gas are still hard to get and in remote parts of the island things are much worse. Many individuals and organizations have stepped up to contribute money, goods and their skills to the urgent needs on the island, because unlike the president they recognize that without consistent attention, more people in Puerto Rico will die. This is a catastrophe and the federal government needs to recognize the magnitude of the problem and provide the aid needed. Paper towels are not going to cut it; we need a Marshall plan for Puerto Rico and to wipe out the immoral debt that has made things worse and that everybody, even the president, knows can’t be repaid."