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Updated: 10/11/2017 08:30:07AM

Soto: Puerto Rican refugees could be coming to Florida, Polk

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U.S. Rep. Darren Soto flew over Puerto Rico Oct. 1 to assess the damage and report to Congress.

Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., center, accompanied by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., left, and Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., right, speaks at a Congressional Tri-Caucus news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, on injustice and inequality in America. The Congressional Tri-Caucus is comprised of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

By CHARLES A. BAKER III

cbaker@scmginc.com

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WINTER HAVEN – Thousands of Puerto Ricans could be moving into Polk County in the coming weeks according to U.S. Rep. Darren Soto.

The Democratic congressman, who represents Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Haines City and other areas in the 9th District, went to Puerto Rico Oct. 1. After touring the island from the air and speaking with leaders on the ground, Soto published a report to Congress the following day.

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