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What is the biggest Puerto Rican problem in New York?
What is the biggest Puerto Rican problem in San Juan?
Doà±a Felisa de Gautier, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, addresses these and other questions from young journalism students. Marvin Sleeper moderates.
Honorable de Gautier is in town for the Puerto Rican parade.
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What is the biggest plot to a week weekend problem in New York what is the biggest What are we going to a problem in San Juan for the answers to these and other questions listen to your city stations campus press conference in this transcribed discussion the editors of college newspapers question a prominent personality in the new modern sleeper a columnist for The New York Journal American is the moderator to introduce the panel and tonight's guest here is Mr sleeper for the afternoon and welcome to another edition of campus press conference our guest today is the honorable Donna Felice recalling. The mayor of San Juan Puerto Rico Donna fully says she's affectionately known to her people has been our city to leave the San Juan festival in honor of New York's Puerto Rican population San Juan and English means St John and St John is the patron saint of San Juan in Puerto Rico so it was very appropriate for Cardinal Spellman to give San Juan the Fiesta his blessing if I may identify laces before our microphones today to tell us something about the problems of our people and she should be an expert because she's been serving as San Juan chief executive for eleven years that's about the same time that mailer Guardia's served here and it's a record but that may identify Lisa's been elected for another four years so she's got mail or Guardia be here to interview the mayor of Puerto Rico our campus press conference reporters Jim for all of the for the lexigram and Marvin often Berg of the N.Y.U. square journal and what about the first question from you Marvin Jurado What is the biggest part old Rican problem in New York. I did not rob and you know. I am very sure that they have wonderful opportunities here and in your ass and lots of happy fact is that they have a lot of food future here but again future would you say that they are greatly disillusioned by the fact that many of them come here with the ideas of getting good jobs and that there are many opportunities and. When they get there they find that there aren't as many jobs of a thank there are and a few that there are jobs at hard labor and with not much money and in them well a very very Islamist faith I think I think that they put every concept come here with the purpose of the work and then they find there are Puerto Rican Sendong find us here because they don't want to work for the they want a war and there will find you here the city construction coordinator Robert Moses contends that the Puerto Ricans are a problem the problem exists in the fact that one we can absorb them in New York City but we either must build faster or they must migrate into New York City at a slower rate is your government doing anything to cooperate in solving this particular problem other words the speed of life of the Saudis here at the present time vs really and working hard on that we have trying to work the through work as soon as possible and then we're going on the lean for the thing that every five we have jobs for the less people there they will come through New York so we are working hard to learn to live more five counties and live in matter of fact they're both fine with five hundred of them you'll fight for the influx of legal in the last few years as the subject of the immigration into border areas need to have a great deal as you any idea of how much it's affected how much how much slower than what the Puerto Ricans are coming into New York since you're accelerated program when in your own country they are not going to name you or their feel if you and they start coming new year a new set of your own law a few of their friends come India I think it is because of that of our new factory. You say that the Puerto Ricans who come here. Only the Puerto Ricans who don't want to find jobs here are the ones who are working maybe they have someone of their what they want to give you know they have not the relation still good to go but. They have been talking so much about that for you guys without you know immediately and I think that means that there are so many fall down for the Reagan as having won the point he is fair not only here not regular today as they are you know all the think they are doctors they do you need you know it's a professor at the university dealing we have there for you down here all of your work and they have very good for feet and do you believe that to be Puerto Rican is getting a fair shake at a job opportunity in New York yes but qualified mechanics are getting qualified mechanics jobs and are not getting from say into the cafeteria workers union fall out and I need to tell you that something will happen to New York even if only going to get out in the end you know so many who need a fair look in new ideas have failed and if so would be good for old men to go out on another word and also then not for reasons another word you feel are a real asset to New York your question their feeling of definite need in this kind of thing and you're suggesting that they're not being victims of prejudice and job opportunities that the nappies LIVE FROM THAT is why I am always asking my plane that deep for you if you're from the back seat the first they are good on are you going to feed you they are women till they are willing to have the community. If you defend it for you to be set free yes you're going to kill and you can count on them and they are going to be a great credit for these great nations the border regions are discriminated against in housing and also in some jobs why do you think this is so. Well it is the house you need to have fallen in but if it's not at fault and also hear us asking me you know minutes ago about a lot of my friends been in fact on how senior five go they mean one pool for many people going for the eye and looking for you know what it's got that. They've gone and when we've got to accommodate and they've gone global they're found a really good days and then their. Factories and I put all in so they have the same problem you know their feet you know they are highly you know that might be verified in the world in the housing you know the C.D.'s and what resides housing in Puerto Rico What are your problems down there you have the same type of problems we have in New York not enough money to run the swears out the five but all of them you know if they don't have the money. But my budget is very small What is your budget in terms of dollars from seventy nine million dollars nine million R's this year is two billion I want to go population that's my full permission to have though is that more than having you know seven million people just in the city of San Juan in the in the San Juan family something sense of the idea that we used to come for a fee and the line is just a revenue business budget paid for from local revenue or is it contained in federal aid as well one easy easy easy. Different Thank you Jack. Mostly I'm out of the car but the fact do you get any federal aid from the United States government only yes we duly received an aid in housing with a different kind of aid being rolled through the kids and Main in school for school. If I do not have money on the getting back to the. White Americans who come up here White what do you think is the main reason for them leaving their land to come here for me to tears. When they hear a lot of about different. Things are so you see here and your of them that they can get a job right away they go on. That you have to do something for the fifty euro and then most of the home why don't they come all the way to New York that's a puzzle a wonder you don't only land in Florida I am going to have places to go now they are going through they are they are going out of Philadelphia they are going to if you have a life is it something that. Just may be an unfair question but if you think there are some Puerto Ricans with a company offer relief for relief efforts I think oh you know there was some time ago they were so on their way of putting relief at some years old. I don't think that they've come from really where you said that some of them come up here and there are jobs but they don't want to take them well a lot some of them do you know. They are after they are troublemakers you have to have a make or thought employed to be thawing it with you out from a good all of it was that they'd be found not to work and. But the very last day even they don't want to work and they will finally give you what percentage of Puerto Ricans come from New York each year. For you to. Of. All the Puerto Ricans in New York doing anything to organize themselves in such a way so as to combat the evils of prejudice that do pop up now and then in a city where life and you know that as something has it has been dong fully at a very proud I'm very happy for the family of bad. News straight from the Latin have done a great deal to the head of the crazy. Opinion with a very unique for a reason in the United States and he is doing something we've last night I was thrilled for these. People here he has opened my eyes. And the old fool for fall it would be really good at for a recount and id very and that is very unfortunate because when they land at Langley everything is going to be very good for them outside of that is there anything you would care to cite as the most outstanding contribution my wife has made him from batting practice Well he has been fielding every time you have signed up for human need for an infant five nights a week about a political event and every time he has an opportunity to talk about their very first belief need for a very county in New York are given a lot of effort going through years into this CD so that it's very for him but he's faint and what he's doing through the play you really have to do you believe he has integrated them into his city government I think so I think so reacted very pleased. And lots of pride but they really don't like and they are looking at very much. What. Decides housing in in San Juan is your problem there one of the big things that that the reporters bother you about when they come in well I like to come to talk here right here at city hall so if you do a search do is one of my better than fear running like a sorry Candy found a new policy you know I am I'm working on a New York hospital I have to live you don't have to be you the physical facilities are not as good as I wanted and I am working product funny about that and there are a lot of people who get free treatment down there you have that problem oh yeah yeah you really have only three days free treatment for it for free for any person that cannot fade a little bit off the cuff and they have made it very clear in the Bill of Rights of course that your private profit out of there if we fight every necessary for it from there would be to blow up what about out of our profit what about personnel do you have enough doctors nurses that already yesterday half a million has no shortage of that literally only half always so if you notice this they have only thirty if you know your food inductively don't have any thirty to thirty pounds question of them are going up in birth is the University of Puerto Rico educating as many Puerto Ricans as it can the far is it lacking in many students before sort of a lack of secondary education if you normally have an over effect and I really do think you know enough in math and fact you need to be only there if you cannot afford to have them all before they don't have in law or five feet deep you know. Well now tell us something about yourself it's a little a peculiar to have a for us to think of a woman as a mayor of such a large city as San Juan how did you become mayor. Where I Why did you want to become my own let's say one because I use to take care of the people of the fall and they have been pushing me and fast alone if I was climbing the response from the media should have so much for thirteenth that they forget probably feeble and something gone for me since when it's gone I have to particularly feel what I mean with taking care of the people who I have to feel even if not only do not feel the need for a name so I know from my in my hand if they saw me thinking of me and they knew of a storm song here too how long ago was that feed lots of violets sixteen years ago and I have been trying you cease to be just my hospital for me to reef you know well and what were you doing at the time what what we feel and I just knew I was I left I was working and I have to go out and so on a very very kind of way. You know you haven't done one for your dreams have a friend show for you doing away your public work before you became mayor if you said you are probably right for years I was helping get people on the side of you know I have been a social worker of my life without it without fail and without fight. I don't know how to the people in San Juan feel towards a woman there when I think they like it because you do find you to laugh and don't care anyhow when all is going to be me and you see if fair playing not fair and it's pretty far good some point is well known I found your date all to part for free parking if you need filling out on the left like you did made you feel about me that I think you have been battling for great info from the for the work we have been doing with that in the last election that's been all in your admin they are going to be a good while when you around the first time that you run against a man in my view in them how much to defeat them by. Many of you recall a leper vote was needed with a guy from the north from Violet and from the polls. And that and then you ran again and running again and to run again well would you run again for the next time the snake fact you might run again there was. One woman on my mind. This time there were three women go through the parties and San Juan parallel the National American parties as did the New York City forty In other words all the Republican Democrats know it to be friends and family and even then we knew we had it from one of them look at it and then learn the Republican five years not do it from the comfort of your new Republican factory they are the is that part of me that feels good for the reader should become very fitting into the fate of the union and union if and then be fired if you're fired you don't think of the need to try to separate the United States I want from you would be different for the most private fine if you get fired you don't seem that way through a deer come on when you doesn't sound the same and you know you're going to find you've got in front of you if it's Faddle feeding your body after a few If Fav if you have to see if we have to eat everything you did to unite in something like the British Commonwealth of Nations you want. The US you need to be American so you needed three units and then you have one party who wants for the Rico