Joseph Monsarrat

Saturday, April 30, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Gabe Pressman hosts with Joseph Monsarrat, Director of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico's office in NYC answering questions about Puerto Rican immigration.

Panelists: Martin Birmingham, Ursula Mahoney, and Fred Goldsweig


Mosarrat dispells myths about Puerto Rican immigration and immigrants to the U.S. State aid for non-residents. Whenever there is an increase in job opportunities, migration goes up. 35,000 Puerto Ricans are on relief. Job placement services for those on welfare. "You don't knock people down when they're already down." Puerto Rico is doing a good job of rehabilitating itself. Information on luring industry to Puerto Rico through tax laws.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71998
Municipal archives id: LT6601

Hosted by:

Gabe Pressman


Martin Birmingham, Fred Goldsweig, Ursula Mahoney and Joseph Monsarrat


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