Before the undocumented

Before the undocumented became an issue in the US, we had an influx of people of color speaking spanish from Puerto Rico. The people of Puerto Rico are generally poor, American citizens, and emigrated to New York City to seek a better life. I am re-watching West Side Story and am reminded of the ethnic tensions then between Anglo New Yorkers and the brown-skinned newcomers. Even today, citizens of Puerto Rico are treated as second-class citizens. Congress recently bailed out the island of Puerto Rico with a program of harsh laws, depriving Puerto Ricans of much self-government. And Congress has been reluctant to approve Zika funding because the virus struck Puerto Rico first. Now that the virus is in Florida, perhaps Congress will finally respond to the health threat

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