Sprinkled among the sun-kissed tourists on Southwest Airlines flight 982 sit a handful of families and a few young men and women who are leaving Puerto Rico with no plan to return.
The flight is one of dozens depleting the island of a most valuable resource: its residents. Puerto Rico’s population has been declining for a decade but that has accelerated as its financial and economic crisis bubbled up from simmer to boil.
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37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.
38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts; The children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together: and all that took them captives held them fast; they refused to let them go.