Stacey Plaskett planned to meet with White House officials on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the Justice Department’s continued defense of statutes that deny U.S. citizens of overseas territories equal access to federal programs.
“There are signs of soil cracking on St. Thomas and St. Croix, and vegetation is showing distress across all islands. Precautions such as ordering hay and water deliveries are being taken to get through the dry season."
The largest African dust storm in 50 years – which occurred in June 2020 and coincided with the global spread of COVID-19 – has prompted new research and public health initiatives by scientists in Puerto Rico.
The White House has named Gretchen Sierra Zorita, from the territorial rights advocacy group Equally American, as the administration's point person for U.S. territories. Zorita will be deputy director for Puerto Rico and the territories.
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