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Trump's administration deleted data on Puerto Rico's crisis from FEMA's website

07 October 2017

"Our fellow citizens down there are suffering, and we want to do everything we can to help", Stephen Pricey, Communications Director at Teamsters Local 89, said. People in the Caribbean are in need of water, food and medicine, among other necessities, to save lives. The trip comes days after Trump visited Puerto Rico and praised relief efforts without mentioning the criticism that the federal response has drawn.

Physicians and nurses remain in nonstop triage in hospitals that are still dealing with power outrages, hospital evacuations and diminishing medical supplies.

Promising to help, Pence said the administration would "work every part of it and help Puerto Rico recover".

A dam failure caused partial evacuations on Puerto Rico, though the entire island (population 3.4 million) was not evacuated.

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Puerto Rico's debt of $72 billion coupled with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria has stoked fear among entities who hold Puerto Rican debt. "You know? So, right now they say 18 people died", Burgos explained.

"Don't go to San Juan - go inside the country", urged Everlinda Burgos, who landed at Orlando International Airport at 11:30 a.m. Thursday and met Pence less than six hours later.

Pence says the destruction is "overwhelming, but the resilience of the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands is even greater". According to a person who is close to the President and familiar with the plans to assist the island, he said that the president wanted the creditors to understand the nature of the problem. The storm made landfall on Puerto Rico on September 20, and residents are still facing dire situations.

"Of course getting them out of Puerto Rico was not an easy task".

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"And unfortunately, some of us are beginning to think that maybe it's because the U.S. Virgin Islands is a primarily black territory that we're not hearing anything in the news", Plaskett added.

"Still, for as much as we see it's improving, out in the outskirts of the cities is where it's really been devastated".

"I wholeheartedly support the governor's call and anticipate that my colleagues on the board will agree to take this important step in enabling students from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to resume their college education", said CUNY Board chairman William Thompson, Jr.

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Trump's administration deleted data on Puerto Rico's crisis from FEMA's website