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Two Weeks After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Still Needs Lots Of Help

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While Donald Trump went on to attack San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz via Twitter this weekend, the situation in Puerto Rico continues to be a desperate one, despite some improvement.

USA Today reports that obtaining food, water, or gas is a daylong goal. Each mission to get any of these things can take several hours.

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“Tomorrow we’re going to try to find gasoline,” Michelle Rebollo told USA Today. “Then, we’ll try to get money. Each one is a whole day.”

Various reporters and celebrities on the ground in Puerto Rico are saying that people remain without running water and basic necessities.

“I haven’t seen any help and we’re running out of water,” Pedro Gonzalez, told a local ABC news affiliate, adding that he has a daughter with Down syndrome and has decided to move to Louisiana. “We’re getting out of here.”

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said that 714 gas stations now have fuel, but USA Today reports that several gas stations they have seen are either closed or say “No hay gasolina.”

Rosselló also said that 47 percent of water and sewer service is working, but added that the number isn’t a certain because 1,400 generators are powering the water services. And because they’re without power, the generators can stop working from time to time, but Rosselló says “general progress is being made.”

Rosselló also said that a quarter of the island should regain power next month.

While there is food and water finally in Puerto Rico, after Trump waived the Jones Act (for now), the items are not being distributed to areas in need.

Yulín Cruz tweeted that they have supplies coming in, but can’t distribute because the roads are not clear.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, who is working in Puerto Rico along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), says one of the worst problems is the roads. “The roads are not clear on the outside of the island, and we’re slowly working our way in,” Buchanan said to PBS. “But we obviously need to get all the roads cleared so we can get supplies to people who desperately need them. Sometimes we don’t know what’s going to happen until the storm actually hits, and this is the worst I’ve ever seen.”

President Trump falsely said that all buildings had now been inspected and cleared.

The president and First Lady Melania are expected to be in Puerto Rico tomorrow.

Click here for a list of charities and crowdfunding campaigns that are helping people in Puerto Rico.

READ: The Mayor Of San Juan Let The Trump Administration Have It In A Press Conference

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The Department Of Homeland Security Will Be Reviewing Social Media Accounts Of Immigrants, Green Card Holders And Naturalized Citizens

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The Department Of Homeland Security Will Be Reviewing Social Media Accounts Of Immigrants, Green Card Holders And Naturalized Citizens

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Starting Oct. 18, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be reviewing the social media accounts of immigrants entering the U.S., green card holders and naturalized citizens, reports The New York Times.

The move, ordered by the Trump Administration, will begin on the same day as the president’s new revised travel ban.

The executive order is called the “Modified Privacy Act System of Records.” Here’s the type of information that the government can access: “[P]ublicly available information obtained from the internet, public records, public institutions, interviewees, commercial data providers and information obtained and disclosed pursuant to information sharing agreements.”

That includes “social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results.” So, even if you’re tweeting behind @xoxloloasj0013 with a picture of an egg as your profile, they can still find you.

Wondering what “commercial data suppliers” means? That includes companies such as Equifax and “people search” vendors like Intelius and Axicom, Engadget reports. So, basically, everything.

It’s not completely new. The government has been gathering social media information from immigrants since 2012.

NPR notes that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services already has files on incoming immigrants and people who are applying for travel visas and citizenship, including permanent residents and green card holders. Under the new policy, all the information can now be shared within government agencies, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Border Patrol and the Transportation Security Administration.

There are several problematic issues with this new policy. Hugh Handeyside, Staff Attorney at the ACLU National Security Project, says the main thing the government wants to do is screen the social media accounts of non-citizens.

This kind of social media surveillance will dampen freedom of expression online, because people self-censor and avoid controversy when they know the government is watching,” Handeyside writes. “And such surveillance inevitably sweeps up the social media content of family members, friends and associates, including U.S. citizens.”

So even if you’re a U.S. citizen and chatting on Twitter with your Mexican cousin who happens to be a DREAMer or DACA recipient, your social media pages may be on their radar too.


Angy Rivera, Co-Director of the NYS Youth Leadership Council, tweeted some very useful information about what the government looks for in suspicious online behavior and how to protect yourself.

READ: Certain Latinos Should Not Overshare On Social Media For Legal Reasons

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