Thousands of emergency supply containers are trapped at Puerto Rico's port

Posted September 29, 2017

"With due respect to the president, and I think what we need here in Puerto Rico is more compassion".

On Thursday the White House authorized a 10-day waiver of the Jones Act, a federal law that limits shipping to U.S. ports by foreign vessels. Volunteers have gathered to separate goods that will be sent to Puerto Rico.

The Jones Act restricts shipping between American ports to American ships with American crews and owners.

Trump pointed out that the emergency response effort was made all the more challenging by the fact that Puerto Rico is not part of the United States mainland.

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Ayala said the company can't get enough truck drivers or trucks filled up with diesel to pick up supplies for distribution across the island. "And we have a lot of ships out there right now".

Garcia also has an uncle and his wife and a great, great aunt in Puerto Rico, which lost power and cell service.

"She said 'we made it.' She said 'we don't have any food or water here.' She said there are long lines for the bank".

'We need more resources from the Department of Defense so we can get helicopters and resources, ' Rossello told Politico.

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Rather, the DHS is presently reviewing a waiver request submitted by eight members of Congress, led by Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y. Trump said of the US territory: "That place was just destroyed". Of the 69 hospitals on the island, about 59 were believed to be operational but their status and whether they have power was unknown, DoD said.

He said getting aid where it was needed has been a challenge because of the magnitude of the destruction on the island.

A week after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, frustrated residents are still waiting to see the aid that the U.S. is delivering.

Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera continued to criticize the Trump administration's response to the devastation in Puerto Rico left by Hurricane Maria on Tuesday, urging that the relief effort is on the brink of becoming as "screwed up" as the response to Hurricane Katrina was in 2005.

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With towns across the state already anxious about funding, districts will likely need to serve more students relocating from the hard-hit island nation. Even in good times, which Puerto Rico has not seen for a while, the Jones Act hurts the island territory. "We just felt like we should do something as a family and this is what we saw as a great opportunity".