Reports out of U.S. territory Puerto Rico say that supplies and personnel are being sent to provide disaster assistance are not getting into the hands of many of the 3.5 million Americans living there. The supplies have arrived by barge and by plane but distribution has been a challenge, leaving hundreds of thousands without food or drinkable water. Army vet Sean Williamson, who is there with disaster relief team Visual Ops, says he’s witnessed a shortage of fuel and is worried about the impact. Gasoline and diesel are desperately needed to operate hospitals, water filtration systems, and communication systems. Soledad O’Brien checks in with Williamson for a debrief on what he is seeing on the ground. Puerto Rico journalist Jay Fonseca tells Soledad why many on the island are looking for a stronger response from the federal government.

Related Videos

  • The Costs of Recovery After the Storms

    September 9, 2017

    The Costs of Recovery After the Storms

    September 9, 2017

    Hurricane Irma will make landfall this weekend in Florida, following the destruction in Ho...

    Watch now
  • Georgetown Prof: SNAP Can Make the Difference Between Feeding Your Family or Not

    July 7, 2018

    Georgetown Prof: SNAP Can Make the Difference Between Feeding Your Family or Not

    July 7, 2018

    House Republicans could soon make it harder for low-income families to put food on the tab...

    Watch now
  • Teens Living Meal to Meal

    November 26, 2016

    Teens Living Meal to Meal

    November 26, 2016

    At least 6.8 million young people, ages 10 through 17, are living meal to meal, according ...

    Watch now
  • Disaster Expert: Puerto Rico’s Death Toll “Could Go Significantly Higher”

    June 2, 2018

    Disaster Expert: Puerto Rico’s Death Toll “Could Go Significantly Higher”

    June 2, 2018

    Nearly 5,000 people died in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, according to a new stud...

    Watch now
  • Haiti: Over One Million in Need

    October 15, 2016

    Haiti: Over One Million in Need

    October 15, 2016

    Follow this link for Relief Agencies working to help those in Haiti.   Over one...

    Watch now
  • Americans Following Undocumented Spouses to Mexico

    January 19, 2019

    Americans Following Undocumented Spouses to Mexico

    January 19, 2019

    More and more Americans are leaving the United States to live in Mexico to follow their un...

    Watch now
  • Gov. Polis: Trump Can’t Win Colorado in 2020

    January 19, 2019

    Gov. Polis: Trump Can’t Win Colorado in 2020

    January 19, 2019

    The 116th Congress entered as the most diverse group of federal lawmakers in history. But ...

    Watch now
  • “Black Rome”: The Brazilian State Where African-Americans Are Finding Their Roots

    January 12, 2019

    “Black Rome”: The Brazilian State Where African-Americans Are Finding Their Roots

    January 12, 2019

    Renee Adolphe was living the "American Dream." She had a successful career, owned a home a...

    Watch now

Latest

  • Americans Following Undocumented Spouses to Mexico

    January 19, 2019

    Americans Following Undocumented Spouses to Mexico

    January 19, 2019

    More and more Americans are leaving the United States to live in Mexico to follo...

  • Gov. Polis: Trump Can’t Win Colorado in 2020

    January 19, 2019

    Gov. Polis: Trump Can’t Win Colorado in 2020

    January 19, 2019

    The 116th Congress entered as the most diverse group of federal lawmakers in his...

  • Visas are Being Approved for Child Brides. A Former Teen Bride Wants to Change That.

    January 19, 2019

    Visas are Being Approved for Child Brides. A Former Teen Bride Wants to Change That.

    January 19, 2019

    Millions of men are looking to bring child brides to America and thousands of re...

  • “Black Rome”: The Brazilian State Where African-Americans Are Finding Their Roots

    January 12, 2019

    “Black Rome”: The Brazilian State Where African-Americans Are Finding Their Roots

    January 12, 2019

    Renee Adolphe was living the "American Dream." She had a successful career, owne...

  • America’s Immigration Stories: “At The Core America Is Based on Immigrants”

    January 12, 2019

    America’s Immigration Stories: “At The Core America Is Based on Immigrants”

    January 12, 2019

    The nation is now entering it’s longest government shutdown as Democrats and the...

  • A Teen with Autism Helping Police Learn to Help Those in a Mental Health Crisis

    January 12, 2019

    A Teen with Autism Helping Police Learn to Help Those in a Mental Health Crisis

    January 12, 2019

    Of the nearly one thousand people killed by police last year, one in four were s...

  • Justice Sotomayor: Lack of Civics is Causing the Partisan Divide

    January 5, 2019

    Justice Sotomayor: Lack of Civics is Causing the Partisan Divide

    January 5, 2019

    The partisan divide between the general public and even elected officials seems ...

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda: Bringing Hamilton to Puerto Rico to Help Rebuild After the Hurricane

    January 5, 2019

    Lin-Manuel Miranda: Bringing Hamilton to Puerto Rico to Help Rebuild After the Hurricane

    January 5, 2019

    “Hamilton” is set to premiere in Puerto Rico next week with Lin-Manuel Miranda r...

  • Americans Following Undocumented Spouses to Mexico

    January 19, 2019

    Americans Following Undocumented Spouses to Mexico

    January 19, 2019

    More and more Americans are leaving the United States to live in Mexico to follo...

  • “Black Rome”: The Brazilian State Where African-Americans Are Finding Their Roots

    January 12, 2019

    “Black Rome”: The Brazilian State Where African-Americans Are Finding Their Roots

    January 12, 2019

    Renee Adolphe was living the "American Dream." She had a successful career, owne...

  • A Teen with Autism Helping Police Learn to Help Those in a Mental Health Crisis

    January 12, 2019

    A Teen with Autism Helping Police Learn to Help Those in a Mental Health Crisis

    January 12, 2019

    Of the nearly one thousand people killed by police last year, one in four were s...

  • MIGRANT CARETAKER: GOD CALLS US TO HELP OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS

    December 29, 2018

    MIGRANT CARETAKER: GOD CALLS US TO HELP OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS

    December 29, 2018

    On a busy day, up to 500 migrants seeking asylum pass through the Catholic Chari...

  • LANDOWNERS IN THE BORDER WALL’S PATH: WE WON’T GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT

    December 29, 2018

    LANDOWNERS IN THE BORDER WALL’S PATH: WE WON’T GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT

    December 29, 2018

    The nation is now a full week into the partial government shutdown over a fundin...

  • TROOPS AT THE BORDER: A STUNT OR A NECESSARY PRECAUTION?

    December 29, 2018

    TROOPS AT THE BORDER: A STUNT OR A NECESSARY PRECAUTION?

    December 29, 2018

    The third government shutdown of 2018 now appears it won’t be resolved until a n...

  • MORE UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS ARE CAUGHT HERE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE. IT’S ALSO GROUND ZERO FOR MIGRANT DEATHS

    December 29, 2018

    MORE UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS ARE CAUGHT HERE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE. IT’S ALSO GROUND ZERO FOR MIGRANT DEATHS

    December 29, 2018

    President is threatening to shut down the entire southern border with Mexico, un...

  • A New Hotline That Could Decrease the Number of Innocent People Sent To Prison

    December 15, 2018

    A New Hotline That Could Decrease the Number of Innocent People Sent To Prison

    December 15, 2018

    The U.S Constitution guarantees every criminal defendant the right to legal repr...

  • January 05, 2019

    January 12, 2019

    January 05, 2019

    January 12, 2019

    This week on Matter of Fact, a rare interview with Justice Sonia Sotomayor on ci...

  • December 29, 2018

    January 5, 2019

    December 29, 2018

    January 5, 2019

    A special edition of Matter of Fact at the southern border, where landowners...

  • December 22, 2018

    December 29, 2018

    December 22, 2018

    December 29, 2018

    This week on Matter of Fact, Native American women and girls are disappearing ac...

  • December 15, 2018

    December 22, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    December 22, 2018

    This week on Matter of Fact, how a new hotline is working to bring down the numb...

  • December 8, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    This week on Matter of Fact, the simple question "Are you an American citizen?" ...

  • December 1, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 1, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    This week on Matter of Fact, a father explains his family's terror after his son...

  • November 24, 2018

    December 1, 2018

    November 24, 2018

    December 1, 2018

    This week on Matter of Fact, a business looking to change the way other companie...

  • November 17, 2018

    November 24, 2018

    November 17, 2018

    November 24, 2018

    This week on Matter of Fact, Florida voters agreed to give felons the right to v...