The crisis in Puerto Rico could send tens of thousands of people to Florida, accelerating an already steady exodus from the economically depressed island and triggering wide-ranging effects on schools, housing and jobs.
"This is a humanitarian crisis and Florida needs to brace for the influx," said Dennis Freytes, a political activist in the Orlando area. "Many of the people coming are the most vulnerable. I'm desperately trying to get my 92-year-old mother out of there and haven't been able to even with my connections."
The wave might also carry political ramifications.
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