“there is a fairly significant migration of Dominicans to the island of Puerto Rico, which is actually a group of people who are from a relatively lower social class than the ones that come to New York and they're treated very poorly” (NPR)
This class divide and economic competition in both places, fuels the increasing tension in New York. There is also the matter of each country’s relationship to the US. While there are many immigrants of both, Puerto Rico has the privilege of being a US territory and of migrating to the states at an earlier time. This allows Puerto Ricans to get by a little easier when it comes to their integration with the American identity. While Puerto Ricans have had citizenship and easier ties to their island “Dominicans have had to go through the kinds of struggle with citizenship and questioning of their presence in the city.” (NPR) These economic and identity conflicts creates the tension between these groups. Though both are New York latino/as Dominicans and Puerto Ricans are vehemently opposed to the other.