Has the US forgotten Puerto Rico, turning a blind eye to the devastation from Hurricane Maria?
"...Puerto Rico has little clout in the [US] Capitol. As a commonwealth, it does not have a voting member of Congress, only a resident commissioner, something that has long shackled the island financially and politically.
'This is what makes Puerto Rico a beggar,' said Edwin Meléndez, the director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. 'Our citizenship is second class. We don’t have the same rights as other Americans. If we move to the states, we have those rights. In Puerto Rico, we don’t.'
With the top floor sheared off Mr. Nebot’s house and a swollen river a block away, he and his girlfriend say they are considering moving to the mainland. Everything they own is doused in brown sludge.
'Do you know what people are referring to this town as? You know ‘The Walking Dead’?' Ms. Rivera said, noting that crime was sure to rise as people grew increasingly desperate. 'We are afraid for our lives.'” The New York Times