Puerto Rico National Guard mobilizes Puerto Ricans in Saint Martin after Hurricane Irma
(September 9, 2017 – La Fortaleza, San Juan) Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, went to the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to receive 26 American citizens, mostly Puerto Ricans, who were stranded in Saint Martin after the passage of Hurricane Irma.
The American citizens were picked up at the Saint Martin Princess Juliana International Airport.
"We are coordinating efforts to mobilize 15 Puerto Rican medical students and three additional Puerto Ricans. Our solidarity goes out to our fellow citizens who faced the passage of Hurricane Irma on the island of Saint Martin. We know that the impact of the hurricane there was devastating and keeps the population in danger and with food shortages," said the governor.
Rosselló expressed that the Puerto Rican authorities will continue to combine efforts to coordinate humanitarian aid, such as medicine and food for the sister islands of the Caribbean struck by this atmospheric phenomenon.
The 26 people were transported in a C130 plane of the Puerto Rico National Guard today at noon.
The mobilization effort was coordinated by the director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington, DC (PRFAA), Carlos Mercader; and the adjutant general of the Puerto Rico, National Guard, Isabelo Rivera; together with the Department of State of the United States.
The initial contact for the mobilization came through the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators because Iris Martinez, a state senator from Illinois of Puerto Rican origin, alerted senator Carmelo Ríos and the Puerto Rican authorities of the situation.