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President Donald Trump on Friday instructed the Army Corps of Engineers to scour their budget for funds to build his desired border wall. Trump's orders come in concert with his threat of declaring a national emergency.

The Corps' budget includes $13.9 billion in earmarks for disaster relief in Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in late 2017.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - OCTOBER 19: (AFP-OUT) President Donald Trump speaks with Governor Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico during a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House on October 19, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Trump and Rossello spoke about the continuing recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

Nearly 3,000 people perished when Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico in 2017, according to a new study from the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Governor Ricardo Rossello (D-PR) upgraded the official death toll from 64 to 2,975 on Tuesday, making Maria the second-deadliest hurricane in American history.

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In the wake of Republican tax bill passage, Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rosselló is vowing to rally Puerto Ricans residing in states across the country, all 5.3 million of them, to vote against Republicans in the midterm elections next year. His plan to mobilize mainland Puerto Ricans to shake up the political landscape is in direct response to the new tax bill, which he believes will cripple the island territory's already ailing economy three months after Hurrican Maria.

“Everybody has seen the damage of the storm and yet policy decisions go in the opposite direction of where they should go,” Rosselló said, via Politico. “We’re not just going to stand by. We are going to take action.”

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The Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico expired Sunday night, meaning foreign ships can no longer bring aid to the island––which was battered by Hurricane Maria––from U.S. ports. The Trump administration has no plans to extend it. The administration agreed to temporarily lift the shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico on September 28.

"We believe that extending the waiver is unnecessary to support the humanitarian relief efforts on the island," Homeland Security (DHS) Press Secretary David Lapan wrote to CBS in a statement. "There is an ample supply of Jones Act-qualified vessels to ensure that cargo is able to reach Puerto Rico."

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