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Puerto Rican governor slams treatment as 2nd-class citizens

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is slamming the federal government's response to Hurricane Maria, saying the United States residents of the island are being treated like "second-class citizens."

Critics have complained that the help to Puerto Rico following its worst natural disaster has not been equal to federal disaster aid given to Florida, Texas and California in the wake of hurricanes and other natural disasters.

During a Friday news conference in Orlando, Rosselló warned that Puerto Rican voters would remember how they were treated come mid-term elections.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who was also in attendance, announced $1 million to help refugees find employment. He said the state's career services efforts have helped more than 7,600 Puerto Ricans find a job.

In a rare move, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson praised the Republican governor's efforts.

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Puerto Rican governor slams treatment as 2nd-class citizens