Democrats defend pressuring Bush admin to order U.S. Navy to leave the Puerto Rican island of Vieques

Back in 2003, Puerto Rico did not want the United States Navy operating and training on its various islands or at its bases. They treated the Navy and our military as an occupying force. New York Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez was one of those voices. Now she is demanding that the Navy be there right now (They are and have been since day one after Hurricane Maria.) I guess she wants to have her cake but eat it as well. And yes, Ms. Velazguez, we all know that Puerto Ricans are Americans as well. At least the right side of the aisle does.

As Written By Kerry Pickett for the Daily Caller:

WASHINGTON — New York Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez Thursday defended pressuring the Bush administration to order the U.S. Navy to leave the Puerto Rican island of Vieques in 2003, blaming the military’s munitions for the area’s high cancer rate and ignoring the high jobless rate since the Navy left.

She made the comments as President Donald Trump deployed the USNS Comfort to Puerto Rico after the U.S. territory was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Velazquez, at a press conference during a press conference calling for hurricane relief and military deployment for Puerto Rico, pounded the point that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

“Remember our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters are American citizens,” said Velazquez, flanked by members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. “They have fought in every conflict. They have shed blood they die for our freedoms. It is morally incumbent upon us to help them and by us I do not mean Democrats. I do not mean Republicans I mean all of us.”

Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez agreed, and attacked the U.S. Navy for using the island of Vieques for decades as a training ground to drop…..


Velazquez Defends Push To Boot Navy From Puer | The Daily Caller

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