Christina D. Ponsa-Kraus

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Make Puerto Rico a State Now

Like all Americans, the people of Puerto Rico went to the polls on Tuesday. But unlike their fellow citizens, Puerto Ricans cannot vote for the president, or for senators or representatives (except for one nonvoting “resident commissioner”). Instead, voters there were asked whether they wanted Puerto Rico to become the 51st state of the union:“yes” or “no”. They chose “yes”. With this historic vote, Puerto Ricans have staked their claim to admission as the 51st state in the Union.

A bill that was introduced in Congress in 2019 but didn’t come to a vote before the statehood referendum would have expressed Congress’s commitment to admitting Puerto Rico as a state if the “yes” vote won.…  Seguir leyendo »