US Over 200,000 Puerto Ricans have arrived in Florida

17:40  30 november  2017
17:40  30 november  2017 Source:   NBC News

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Now that it has surpassed 139, 000 , and with thousands more arriving daily, it’s clear the number will be much higher. The new arrivals are joining over one million Puerto Ricans who already live in the state. Many are settling in Central Florida , though other areas like South Florida are seeing an

MIAMI - The exodus of Puerto Ricans to Florida following Hurricane Maria has reached a whopping 200 , 000 in just over two months, obliterating initial conservative estimates that had put the number at 100, 000 . Maria Teresa Rosado, 37, and her husband Luis Flores, 33, arrived in Miami over the

Maria Teresa Rosado (Left) and Luis Flores (Right) recently arrived from Puerto Rico. They sought assistance at the hurricane relief center in Miami International Airport on November 29, 2017. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Maria Teresa Rosado (Left) and Luis Flores (Right) recently arrived from Puerto Rico. They sought assistance at the hurricane relief center in Miami International Airport on November 29, 2017. MIAMI - The exodus of Puerto Ricans to Florida following Hurricane Maria has reached a whopping 200,000 in just over two months, obliterating initial conservative estimates that had put the number at 100,000.

Maria Teresa Rosado, 37, and her husband Luis Flores, 33, arrived in Miami over the weekend to start rebuilding their lives. Power has not yet arrived to their house in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico.

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I think there's a good chance this influx of Puerto Ricans into Florida will lean Democrat. As this article points out, around 140, 000 people arrived on the mainland US sounds like progress. EDIT: Here's a link regarding what I discussed on the relief effort: http

Some 130, 000 Puerto Ricans have arrived in Florida since Hurricane Maria, adding to an already steady wave and signaling a potential major development in I-4 corridor politics.

Wednesday, the couple was at the hurricane relief center at Miami International Airport, which was set up by the state to make it easier for those arriving to get settled.

The couple said that as of now they are not planning to return to the island even if power is restored and the economic recession subsides.

Flores, a hospital worker, said he sometimes had to choose between paying the electrical bill or buying food.

"There is more opportunity here for us to grow as professionals," Rosado, who was a retail manager said.

Hurricane Maria trounced Puerto Rico on September 20, and since then families have been boarding planes to the mainland with no end in sight. Flights from the island are booked solid through the end of the year.

According to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, over 204,000 people from Puerto Rico have landed at airports in Miami, Orlando, and Tampa since October 3rd.

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Since the storms, more than 140, 000 Puerto Ricans have arrived in the central area of Florida , according to Gov. Rick Scott's office. "The husband's Medicare policy was not applicable on the mainland and the wife's was not honored either," she said. "Both have had to start over .

MIAMI – The exodus of Puerto Ricans to Florida following Hurricane Maria has reached a whopping 200 , 000 in just over two months, obliterating initial conservative estimates that had put the number at 100, 000 . Maria Teresa Rosado, 37, and her husband Luis Flores, 33, arrived in Miami over the

A total of 7,756 Puerto Rican students have enrolled in Florida public schools during the same period. The largest enrollments are in Orange and Osceola Counties in Central Florida, which has the heaviest concentration of Puerto Ricans. Many universities in the state have also waived out-of-state tuition fees for Puerto Rican students.

Victoria Sola (Left) with her mother, Nadya Navarro, (Center) and friend, Andrea Marrero (Left). Sola and Marrero recently arrived from Puerto Rico and have enrolled at Florida International University. They were at the hurricane relief center in Miami International Airport on November 29, 2017. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Victoria Sola (Left) with her mother, Nadya Navarro, (Center) and friend, Andrea Marrero (Left). Sola and Marrero recently arrived from Puerto Rico and have enrolled at Florida International University. They were at the hurricane relief center in Miami International Airport on November 29, 2017.

Victoria Solá and Andrea Marrero, two friends, missed a semester of classes at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. They said although the university opened, they did not go to classes because of the conditions were bleak with no power.

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Some 130, 000 Puerto Ricans have arrived in Florida since Hurricane Maria, adding to an already steady wave and signaling a potential major Trump may have thought that Puerto Rico was less worthy of his attention than Texas or Florida because Puerto Ricans had no say over his election.

Since the storms, more than 140, 000 Puerto Ricans have arrived in the central area of Florida , according to Gov. Rick Scott's office. "Both have had to start over . He with reapplying for Medicare and she had to apply for the very first time in a marketplace.

The two young women, both 20, are set to begin classes at Florida International University in January.

Marrero is staying with her grandparents and mother in Miami but for Solá, it will be the first time away from her family.

"It's going to be a big step," she said, admitting she is nervous.

The scale of migration is larger than any other in Puerto Ricans history. "Puerto Rico will be seen by historians as before and after Maria," said Luis Martinez Fernandez, a History professor at the University of Central Florida, calling it "a watershed moment."

Since the initial aftermath of the hurricane, Fernandez has predicted a total of 500,000 to 750,000 Puerto Ricans would leave the island in a four-year period.

"As it turns out, 500,000 is now the low-end estimate for a five year period. It appears that it will be closer to 750,000," according to Fernandez.

He said the exodus is unfolding along several interconnected waves. First, the wave that was underway prior to the storm, which had reached a level of around 80,000 per year. Since the hurricane, a second wave has added to what was already a spike.

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Many Puerto Ricans have expressed outrage over Trump's handling of the storm but have applauded efforts by Republican Gov. _ Javier Gonzalez has joined a human tide of more than 130, 000 U.S. citizens arriving in Florida since Hurricane Maria wrecked Puerto Rico, grateful for a place to

About 100, 000 Puerto Ricans are expected in Florida by year’s end – on top of the more than 143, 000 who have already arrived , according to Gov. The University of Central Florida has received 945 Puerto Rico student applications, of which just over 200 have been admitted, university reports show.

A larger and longer-term wave will continue over the next few years, he said. Consequently, an already deeply indebted government will continue to see a sharp drop in the tax base, which reduces its ability to provide services and pay its debt. "In that sense, Maria was a perfect storm of destruction and economic ruin," Fernandez said.

The population of Puerto Ricans in Florida has swelled from 479,000 in 2000 to over one million now. Many of those were originally fleeing the island's economic recession.

But not all the Puerto Ricans arriving will stay for good. Some, particularly the older generations, will return.

Luis Acosta (Left) and Amelia Villanueva (Right) recently arrived from Puerto Rico. They are planning to stay in Miami for a few months. They sought assistance from the hurricane relief center in Miami International Airport on November 29, 2017. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Luis Acosta (Left) and Amelia Villanueva (Right) recently arrived from Puerto Rico. They are planning to stay in Miami for a few months. They sought assistance from the hurricane relief center in Miami International Airport on November 29, 2017.

Amelia Villanueva, 73, and her husband Luis Acosta, 76, are both retired and arrived recently to stay with relatives for a few months.

Their home in Levittown, a suburb of San Juan, has intermittent power but it wasn't long ago that Acosta was making four and five hour lines to buy ice.

"We need a break. We are nervous and depressed because we are not used to this situation," Villanueva said.

But she has faith that things will turn around and said the situation in Puerto Rico is already getting better.

"The trees are starting to blossom again. We are beginning to return to normalcy," Villanueva said.

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Newly arrived Puerto Ricans seek assistance at the hurricane relief center in Miami International Airport on November 29, 2017. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Newly arrived Puerto Ricans seek assistance at the hurricane relief center in Miami International Airport on November 29, 2017.

Official Toll in Puerto Rico: 62. Actual Deaths May Be 1,052. .
<p>Homes were flattened. Power was knocked out. And all across Puerto Rico, bodies began showing up at morgues. Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico with great fury but the government there has reported an official death toll far lower than the devastation suggests.</p>Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico with great fury but the government there has reported an official death toll far lower than the devastation suggests.

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