Puerto Rico

Courtesy El Nuevo Día newspaper

From Texas Standard:

The massive exodus of Puerto Ricans heading to the mainland started in 2006 with the island’s recession. Then came the government’s debt crisis of 2014 and more people left. After hurricanes Maria and Irma, people also left in droves to the point that the Pew Research Center released a study in 2018 saying the island's population had reached a 40-year low.

Puerto Rican flag
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From Texas Standard:

Liliana Diaz lives in El Paso, but the rest of her family – her parents, even her daughter – live in Puerto Rico.

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From Texas Standard.

It’s been more than five months since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, and over 300,000 electricity customers are still without power. While it’s been slow going turning the lights back on, it’s also an improvement from where things were immediately after the storm.

Sgt. Jose Diaz-Ramos /Puerto Rico National Guard

From Texas Standard:

Recovering from Hurricane Maria seems like an impossible task for Puerto Rico, given the island’s already-crippling debt. That's why so many commentators cringed on Tuesday when President Donald Trump playfully tossed paper towel rolls into Puerto Rican crowds, as if such essentials were commemoratives of his visit. But before leaving the Island, he did say that Puerto Rico’s staggering $73 billion debt would have to be forgiven – which would indeed dramatically improve the prognosis for Puerto Rico – if it can and does happen.

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From Texas Standard:

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, a lot of Puerto Ricans are setting their sights on becoming Texans. Because Puerto Rico is a territory of the U.S., its citizens are American citizens, too – free to locate anywhere in the country they wish.