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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Marks One Year Anniversary of Hurricane Maria

Sep 20, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), Chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus issued the statement below marking the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria making landfall on the island of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

“Since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands one year ago, the administration has continued to neglect its responsibility to help families recover and rebuild, callously turning its back on fellow Americans in dire need of our assistance. The inexcusable and absurd reality remains that three and a half million Americans continue to suffer without reliable power, housing, food or water. Each passing day brings more pain, suffering, and loss of life for Americans on the island already devastated by desperate living conditions and inadequate medical services. Despite these untenable circumstances, President Trump and his administration have downplayed the crisis and called their response efforts an “unsung success.

“Worse yet, President Trump has flagrantly denied that nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives because of Hurricane Maria. His actions and statements are offensive and disrespectful to the thousands of mourning families that lost their loved ones and erodes public trust that the government will come to the aid of its citizens after a disaster. Even more alarming is that the Trump Administration syphoned critical funds away from an important emergency and response agency like FEMA in order to separate and jail helpless children.

“As we mark the one year anniversary, CHC members remain committed to holding the Trump administration accountable to ensure that what happened in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands does not happen again, and guarantee that aid vital to their recovery is delivered and distributed immediately.

“While the administration’s substandard efforts were a failure, Puerto Rico’s spirit remains unbroken. Despite the adversities, the people of Puerto Rico have shown great tenacity, drive, and resiliency and will continue working toward recovery, as many say on the island ‘Puerto Rico se levanta’”

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