Puerto Rico: A Disenchanted IslandPopularly known as the "island of enchantment," Puerto Rico is grappling with a shattered economy and a swelling crime rate. In search of brighter shores, many Puerto Ricans are fleeing the island for the U.S. mainland.
Puerto Rico: A Disenchanted Island
In search of brighter opportunities, Puerto Ricans are fleeing the island for the U.S. mainland.
Luis Romero looks out over the ocean to a view that includes the Coast Guard station where his son, Julian, was in the auxiliary. Romero started the anti-violence organization Basta Ya after Julian was murdered.
Edward Bonet, 23, lives in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, and works on the dive team at the Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa in the town of Guanica. He lives with his grandmother, while his mother and sister live in Central Florida.
Arlene Bonet settled in Orlando, Fla., after her Puerto Rico real estate business crashed. She's now working for a Puerto Rican cultural organization in Orlando, while her son and mother still live in her hometown, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.
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