As Puerto Rico's Debt Deepens, More Residents Leave05:05

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. (ricardo_mangual/Flickr)
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. (ricardo_mangual/Flickr)
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Puerto Rico's debt is more than triple what Detroit's was two years ago when that city was forced into bankruptcy. The island territory, however, doesn't have that option.

The economic troubles, coupled with crime and drought, have forced many people to move to the mainland United States in search of opportunity.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with 27-year-old Emmanuel Carasquillo about his decision to leave the island last year.


  • Emmanuel Carrasquillo, resident of Miami, originally from Puerto Rico.

This segment aired on August 18, 2015.

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