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Over A Month After Hurricane Maria And David Begnaud Is Still Asking The Tough Questions In Puerto Rico

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If you’re Puerto Rican, you’ve likely been paying close attention to any and all news coming from the island, especially if you’ve got family and/or friends in Puerto Rico. After being hit by one of the worst hurricanes in its history just over a month ago, Puerto Rico is still suffering. The majority of people are still without power. Many have died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, due to lack of food, water, and electricity. Recovery efforts have not been optimal, with the Trump administration dragging its feet, patting itself on the back and letting the temporary lift on the Jones Act expire, keeping many other countries that planned on providing help from doing so in a quick and concise manner.

With little to no electricity or phone service to locals on the island, how do we know so much about the situation there? Reporter David Begnaud, that’s how.

CBS reporter David Begnaud has been on the ground doing the hard work from the beginning.

He has exposed the abysmal conditions that exist and persist in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. He’s been there for weeks and continues looking for answers.

Begnaud is covering everything from conditions at the airport to asking Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello why it’s taken so long to get people help.

And when the governor hasn’t been answering his questions to his satisfaction, he’s been digging to get to the bottom of it.

He’s keeping just about everyone who is invested in the success of Puerto Rico up to speed on what’s going on.

He’s not just breaking the hard, sad, or frustrating news, he’s also making sure we know the good that’s happening, too.

Some of his stories are gut-wrenching.  This one happens to have a happy ending.

“Vulnerable Puerto Ricans look beyond government for help leaving the island” This was the story that aired on @cbsthismorning highlighting critical cases in Puerto Rico where patients with life threatening illnesses are desperate to evacuate the island. In one case, (Carmelo Diaz/ALS patient) @teamgleason stepped up to handle logistics. @americanair offered to escort the ALS patient from door to door. In another case, (Jesus Garces Soto/Cancer patient) is being housed at a specialized location by the @americancancersociety which is working to evacuate him to the mainland on a private charter. Copy and paste this link into a browser to find out what hurdles, involving Medicaid, some patients are facing once they get to the mainland: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/vulnerable-puerto-ricans-evacuated-american-cancer-society-steve-gleason/

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And all those stories you’re hearing that sound like they could be made up? Begnaud is fact-checking and debunking those rumors.

Many look to Begnaud as one of the most reliable sources for information on what’s happening on the island.

Some have gone the extra mile and sweetly ordained him a saint.

“Saint David of Begnaud, Patron Saint of Puertorricans. He who has kept us informed of what’s truly happening in the island. May his cellphone battery be forever charged,” wrote Instagram user @captainanabanana, who also printed several of these images out as stickers to give away.

NPR Latino got on a call with him recently and talked about the Begnaud phenomena.

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You can tell that Puerto Ricans, their culture and their infectious spirit have really resonated with Begnaud. He also admits he didn’t really know much about Puerto Rico or its people until reporting there. His lack of knowledge, however, didn’t prevent him from really connecting and finding a special place in his heart for Puerto Ricans and for doing everything he can to get to the bottom of why the humanitarian crisis there is as out of hand as it is.


[H/T] NPR’s Latino USA

READ: People Have Packed Puerto Rico’s San Juan Airport And Are Standing In Hot, Humid Conditions So They Don’t Lose Their Place In Line


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MSNBC Was Reporting On the Border Wall Prototypes In San Diego When They Caught Migrants Crossing The Border

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MSNBC Was Reporting On the Border Wall Prototypes In San Diego When They Caught Migrants Crossing The Border

“What happened? People are crossing.”

MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff was in Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego this week reporting on the border wall prototypes. The Trump administration chose six companies to design and construct mini walls as an audition to win lucrative contracts to build the president’s “big, beautiful” wall. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) claims that prototypes are being built so they can “evaluate what they need,” according to ABC News.

While Soboroff was speaking with a CBP agent, a group of people climbed over the current border fence and surrendered to CBP once on the U.S. side. Soboroff asked the CBP agent to explain what had just happened.

“This is the reality of every day border enforcement. The United States is still the draw, the ultimate draw, for people that have dire situations where they’re at,” the agent explains. “We’re going to continue to witness this. It plays out on a regular basis for us.”

A new border wall was a central part of Trump’s presidential campaign. Not only did he promise a wall that would span the entire southern border of the U.S., he also insisted he’d make Mexico pay for it. However, both of those assurances have become less and less likely since he has taken office.

First, leaked transcripts of Trump’s first phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto revealed that Trump conceded that Mexico would not pay for the wall. However, Trump pleaded with Peña Nieto, asking him not to tell the press about the concession so he could save face.

Second, Congress is not thrilled about approving a budget of more than $21 billion to construct the border wall, with many journalists, political commentators, a majority of Americans and others suggesting that the U.S. should be more concerned with updating the infrastructure in the U.S. instead.

Third, the second largest city in the country, Los Angeles, is looking for ways to legally penalize companies that choose to contribute to the border wall. Some of the things discussed by the Los Angeles City Council range from how companies bidding for city contracts can be scored according to their involvement with the border wall, to flat out denying contracts to border wall participants.

Looks like the “big, beautiful” wall is up against some serious challenges despite all the prototypes that have been erected.


READ: Kat Von D Is Using Her Immigration Story To Take A Stand Against Trump’s Border Wall

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