LatinoJustice Applauds the NYC Bar Associations Support for Exempting Puerto Rico from the Jones Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2018

CONTACT: Christiaan Perez, LatinoJustice, 212-739-7581, cperez@latinojustice.org

Earlier this week the New York City Bar Association issued a comprehensive report outlining why Puerto Rico should be exempted from the Jones Act. Read the full report by here. LatinoJustice issued the following response:

“LatinoJustice PRLDEF applauds the call of the New York City Bar Association for a permanent exemption for Puerto Rico from the crippling effects of the antiquated, maritime requirements of the Jones Act which exacts a high price for food, goods, energy, and equipment shipped to the island. The U.S. Virgin Island, enjoys a permanent exemption and that model should be applied to the residents of Puerto Rico to ensure a speedy recovery of its infrastructure and an effective, sustainable way to address the island’s poverty rate. At no additional cost to Congress this legislative solution will signal an additional way for the United States to finally address the continued effects of the island’s recovery and open the ports of Puerto Rico to the global market.”

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