Monday, May 23, 2022

Compelled migration for Puerto Ricans seeking public assistance

The New York Times features a personal story on Puerto Rican citizens forced to move to mainland for public assistance, given their ineligibility for public programs desipte US citizenship.

As the article explains, Puerto Ricans still do not have access to the same social safety net as other U.S. citizens. Cuts in special education and social services have exacerbated the situation. As a result, "People who are disabled or care for children with special needs must routinely relocate to the 50 states to get care." It points out the problem that contains a solution:

Last month the United States Supreme Court could have ended this disparity. Instead, it held that Congress has the right to deny disability benefits to residents. While disheartening, the ruling was hardly surprising. The court used the same racist logic that for over a century has affirmed second-class citizenship for Puerto Ricans.


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