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Post-María Voters, Latina Wave and More Election Thoughts   Recently updated !

It’s not looking as if the 2018 midterm elections produced a wave of post-María Puerto Rican voters. Preliminary election data show that counties with a large Puerto Ricans population, such as – and especially–  Osceola, underperformed the rest of the state. Voter turnout was very high, about 62 percent for […]


More Difficult Phase of Hurricane Relief Underway

The 2018 new year will open a second, more difficult, phase of Hurricane María relief efforts for Puerto Ricans in Central Florida, after the new arrivals center at Orlando International Airport closes its doors on December 29. The shuttering of the facility – which has helped 34,000 mostly Puerto Ricans […]


Dueling Numbers on Puerto Rican Migration

Dueling numbers on Puerto Rican migration since the hurricanes hit have generated questions about the actual numbers who have landed in Florida. Puerto Rican evacuees in Florida have surpassed the 200,000 mark, according to Gov. Rick Scott’s office in a press release dated November 29 that cites the number of […]


Puerto Rico Evacuee Migration Is No Mariel

Puerto Ricans’ flight from natural disaster is drawing parallels to the 1980 Cuban Mariel boat lift to South Florida but this is a flawed comparison. The Puerto Rican evacuation is no Mariel. Aside from the obvious differences of sovereignty – Cuba is independent and Puerto Rico is a territory of […]