People buy ice at a local ice plant in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, September 30, 2017.
US military and emergency relief teams ramped up their aid efforts for Puerto Rico amid growing criticism of the response to the hurricanes which ripped through the Caribbean island.

People buy ice at a local ice plant in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, September 30, 2017. US military and emergency relief teams ramped up their aid efforts for Puerto Rico amid growing criticism of the response to the hurricanes which ripped through the Caribbean island.

The death toll from destruction caused by Hurricane Maria rose in Puerto Rico this week. Thirty-four people have been confirmed dead and that number could rise in the coming days.

Millions on the island are still without electricity and access to clean water and food remains a problem for many Puerto Ricans. The President’s visit this week arguably did little to offer a sense of relief.

Trump did, however, allude to relieving the island’s $73 billion debt…before others in his administration walked back the president’s comments.

Where will the money for relief come from? How much will be needed? And what do Puerto Ricans who are suffering need most right now?

Guests

  • Julio Ricardo Varela Co-host, "In The Thick"; contributor, Latino USA
  • Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan Associate counsel, Latino Justice PRLDEF; president, National Lawyers Guild
  • Arelis Hernández Reporter, The Washington Post
  • Congressman Darren Soto U.S. Representative, Florida's 9th district
  • José Calderón President, Hispanic Federation

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