Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican community in Florida have a strong and steadfast friend in Sen. Bill Nelson. Recently he demonstrated his commitment to Puerto Rico and Floridians when he introduced Senate Amendment 1253 to the Senate immigration-reform bill (S. 744) that, if enacted, would provide critical resources to the U.S. maritime border regions. It is estimated that almost 80 percent of the cocaine through Puerto Rico is directed to cities along the east coast of the United States, particularly Florida’s coast.
By introducing this amendment, Nelson showed that he understands the complex security threat facing our maritime borders and how securing the Atlantic and Caribbean borders are essential to fighting drug trafficking and other illegal activity that threaten the productivity and quality of life of citizens.
More than 850,000 Florida residents are Puerto Rican, therefore, what’s important to Puerto Rico weighs heavily on the minds of many Floridians. I urge Floridians, especially Puerto Ricans, to contact their senators and encourage them to support the inclusion of the Nelson amendment in the landmark immigration reform legislation as it moves through the Senate.
Juan E. Hernández, executive director, Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, Washington D.C.