Posts By: Associate Writer

The Vote in Puerto Rico’s June 11 Political Status Plebiscite: Analysis

Puerto Rico’s most recent plebiscite, held June 11, 2017, had a very clear outcome: 97% of voters chose statehood from the territory’s three status options (nationhood in addition to territory status and statehood). The islands’ political factions supporting nationhood and an unprecedented “Commonwealth status” that Federal officials have said is impossible for constitutional reasons  had… Read more »

Congressional Leaders Oppose Jones Act Waiver

Bipartisan leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure have opposed the Rossello Administration’s request for a 10-year “waiver” of the law that requires ocean shipping between U.S. ports be on vessels that are American built, owned, flagged, and crewed for the shipping of liquid natural gas. Recognizing that Congress would… Read more »

Democrats Criticize PROMESA Board & Plan

Thirty-four congressional Democrats — including the incoming chairman of the House committee with jurisdiction regarding PROMESA and three senators who are 2020 presidential hopefuls — have written the PROMESA Financial Board sharply criticizing the Board’s Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico and the agreement of the Board and the territorial government with creditors of the government’s… Read more »

PDP Leaders Calls for All Bond Cuts to be Equal

A candidate for the Popular Democratic Party’s (PDP) 2020 gubernatorial nomination wrote the expected next chairman of the U.S. House committee with jurisdiction over PROMESA – who he calls a personal “friend” – saying that the debt reduction for all of Puerto Rico’s bond creditors ought to be the same. The PROMESA Financial Board has… Read more »

Boricuas United:  Puerto Ricans from Across the Nation Gather in DC

After an initial delay due to weather concerns, Hunter College’s Center for Puerto Rican Studies, “Centro”, held the second annual Puerto Rico Diaspora Summit on October 26th, 2018 at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law. The focus of the event was to gather Puerto Ricans from across the nation, of all… Read more »

Tweets Get National Attention After PROMESA Board Hearing

During its 15th public meeting today, the Federal Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) voted unanimously to certify a fiscal plan to govern the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. The board, created under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Security Act (PROMESA), also certified a fiscal plan for the University of Puerto Rico. Upon passage… Read more »

Trump: No to Puerto Rican Statehood Because of San Juan Mayor

In a radio interview on Monday with Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera, President Trump rejected the idea of statehood for Puerto Rico as long as San Juan’s Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz stays in office. Cruz has been a critic of the Trump Administration’s response to Hurricanes Maria and Irma last year. “With the mayor of San… Read more »

Governor Rossello Urges Statehood in Letter to Trump

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello wrote a letter to President Trump last week in response to a Department of State (DOS) June submission to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) defending U.S. compliance with international law as long as Puerto Rico remains a U.S. territory.  Gov. Rossello  explained that DOS “based its arguments on a… Read more »