Authorized statement of the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló:
(January 11, 2019 - La Fortaleza, San Juan) "No wall should be funded on the pain and suffering of United States citizens who have endured tragedy and loss through a natural disaster. This includes those citizens that live in California, Texas, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and other jurisdictions. Today it’s us, tomorrow it could be you.
No justification should be considered to reclassify the money that US citizens will use to rebuild their communities. If anything, the conversation should be about how we get more resources to rebuild those impacted areas faster.
Since the reports are coming from unidentified sources, the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, should explicitly state his intent. Will he support the rebuild of Puerto Rico, California, Texas, US Virgin Islands, and others, or undermine it?
This is a classic case of choosing between obstruction and construction. Which side are you on, President Trump?
Mister President, don’t tear down US citizens to build a wall. Help the United States of America rebuild. It is the right thing to do.