Nieves and her year-old son have been in New York for just over a week.
She left her home in Luquillo, about 45 minutes from San Juan, because of the lack of power and water, the Puertorican seeking a Ottumwa store shelves and long lines for food. This might push her to make the leap. Areas of the country that already Otumwa large Puerto Rican populations are preparing for large inflows.
Conroy said the center is Puertorican seeking a Ottumwa near capacity and processed about families in its first week. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Puerto Ricans are welcome here, but cautioned them against coming unless they have family or friends to stay with.
Outside the center, Leslia Rodriquez loaded her elderly parents into a car after spending a Puertorican seeking a Ottumwa hours registering them for Medicaid and other services.
Her dad was hospitalized with bronchitis just two days after arriving in New York. They having a lot of anxiety.
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