Pictures in the media of the destruction on the islandof Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands AND pictures of people lined up to catch a airplane off the island…..
Those people will go to Florida and points North …They don’t have homes in Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands…..
We KNOW that the these American citizens will vote mostly Democratic….(And democrats are sure to seek them out and register them to vote stating next year where they have settled down at…
THAT is gonna change the political landscape ion parts of Florida and polints North, just like Katrina changed things in Lousiana…..
If there is a increase in people from the island going to Texas?
I’d bet that the states moved to purple is accelerated…..
Maybe PR doesn’t need to be a state after all…..
The people can just change things for the Democrats in others places, eh?
Puerto Ricans are American citizens, thanks to a law passed in 1917. As a result, all they need to settle in the mainland is a plane ticket or a berth on a boat.
Their citizenship entitles them to vote, and they tend to overwhelmingly support Democratic candidates.
Florida-based Republican operative Rick Wilson thinks the hurricane might be a game changer. “If you put an influx of 100,000 Puerto Ricans who vote Democratic eight times out of 10 in the Orlando area, there you go,” he said. “Nobody can afford a big change in the registration pattern or a change in the voting pattern that offsets Florida’s narrowness. You could end up with a big advantage for Democrats in 2018 if they play it right. The Puerto Ricans would be coming here because they feel like Donald Trump left them high and dry. That won’t fade away. … It could be a very, very big deal.”
Hurricane Katrina had an impact on Texas politics because almost half a million people, mostly African Americans, relocated there from the New Orleans area. “It made Louisiana more red and Texas a bit more blue,” said Wilson, who has long been critical of Trump. “Texas could absorb it.”
“I don’t know if you can say this changes the whole demographic game,” said Democratic strategist Steve Schale, who directed Barack Obama’s Florida campaign in 2008 and was a senior adviser in 2012. “There are still 20 million people, so a couple hundred thousand here or there isn’t a huge deal. But, at the margins, everything matters! It doesn’t take a lot.”….
The Trump administration is restricting lawmakers in both parties from visiting storm-ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands aboard military aircraft this weekend in order to keep focused on recovery missions there, according to multiple congressional aides.
The decision comes as the Pentagon is intensifying its relief efforts on the islands as the U.S. government struggles to respond to devastation caused last week by Hurricane Maria and earlier by Hurricane Irma.
Multiple attempts have been underway in recent days for members of both parties to travel to Puerto Rico aboard military aircraft. Once there, they would have met with officials with the military and Federal Emergency Management Agency responsible for ongoing missions on the ground…..
Of course Governors can arrange ride along transportation since they own the National Guard C-130 ‘s that have been pressed into service providing aid flights…Memebers of Congress have no ability to do so….Share on Facebook