Hundreds turned out Friday to see the governor of Puerto Rico and hear what he and Florida leaders are doing to help the island and Hurricane Maria evacuees who have relocated to the mainland.Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló hosts town hall in KissimmeeLarge crowd turned out to talk relocation, jobsSen. Nelson, Gov. Rick Scott, Rep. Darren Soto also in attendance
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Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s first visit to Kissimmee comes as Florida grapples with how to handle the more than 300,000 Puerto Ricans who have evacuated.Amid a full house at the Kissimmee Civic Center, Rosselló used the opportunity to continue pushing for Puerto Rico to become a state.”We are proud U.S. citizens. We have highest participation rate for military, and we have been in this ambiguous stage for a century now,” Rossello said.During the town hall meeting, Rosselló took a serious political tone, expressing that he’s not satisfied with how Puerto Rico has been treated after Hurricane Maria, and not to be surprised come election time.“Those of us that live there, don’t have the political power, but guess what? Those of you that live here do,” Rossello said.Puerto Rico has been a U.S. territory for more than a century now, meaning residents from the island are U.S. citizens, but if you live there, you can’t vote.But all the Puerto Ricans who’ve moved to Central Florida after Hurricane Maria will be able to register to vote in upcoming elections.It’s a full house for #PuertoRico Governor @ricardorossello at #Kissimmee town hall @MyNews13 @BN9— Paula Machado (@paulamachadotv) January 12, 2018In front of hundreds of people, the governor of Puerto Rico made it clear: They will remember who’s taken action to help with the island’s recovery.“Everyone in Congress knows that if you turn your