Puerto Rico governor admits that reinforcing border with Mexico will cause greater security problem on the island
Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares said on Tuesday that the United States government should give the same importance to the border security of Puerto Rico, as it does to the territorial limits of the south.
"The border is not a purely physical one. It is a series of countries and jurisdictions that function as transshipment for drugs, weapons, human trafficking, among others. And Puerto Rico falls into that definition of the border, "the governor said at a press conference.
"Organized crime is going to flow down the path of least resistance. And if you put some kind of blockade somewhere, be it physical or otherwise, they will move for another. And Puerto Rico is still that platform. The protection of the border is not only Mexico, it is also Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and other jurisdictions in the Caribbean, "he added.
US President Donald John Trump and the Democratic Party leadership in Congress maintain a 32-day partial closure of the federal government, because there is no progress in the negotiations on border security with Mexico.
On the other hand, Rosselló Nevares rejected any proposal aimed at legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
"Legalizing these illicit drugs is not what people want," he said.
Questioned if his assessment responds to a citizen consultation on the subject, he answered that it is based on his election in the last elections and in his work plan.
"And would he be open to a more formal referendum?" He was asked.
"Make the proposals. Those that are meritorious will be evaluated by this server and the Legislative Assembly ", he answered.
The governor's expressions were given at a press conference at the end of the Security Summit.