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Thousands of aid containers stuck in Puerto Rico port

Posted at 11:39 AM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-28 11:39:59-04

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (CNN) - Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said Thursday morning that thousands of containers holding aid for the island are stuck at the port.

Her office said 9,500 containers are sitting in the port of San Juan because of what she calls a "jurisdictional situation," but in the Thursday morning interview, she said that about 3,000 containers were at the port. 

"The information that floated yesterday through the Internet with the images that shows that is true. ... So my cry today is let's get it done," Cruz said. 

Cruz explained that she has no jurisdiction over the containers because she has no jurisdiction over the ports even though she is the mayor.

She asked people to continue to put pressure on the government to do the right thing. 

"So we are relying on you guys to put the pressure on and make sure that everyone that needs to hear just like Mr. Trump heard the cries for justice that got him to repeal the Jones Act," Cruz said. " ... Politics needs to be put aside and we need to get the job done now."

Federal officers have blamed the impasse on infrastructure issues.

The mayor's comments come after the White House authorized a waiver to loosen shipping rules regarding Puerto Rico.

The Jones Act will be waived for Puerto Rico for 10 days and cover all products shipped to the island.

The 100-year-old federal law was originally designed to protect U.S. interests by limiting shipping to American ports by foreign vessels, but critics say the Jones Act makes it twice as expensive to ship things from the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico.

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