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Current Territorial Status Not Democratic Choice For Plebiscite Ballot

  A letter requesting that the U.S. Attorney General withhold certification of the ballot for a federally sponsored political status plebiscite in the territory has been signed by eight members of the U.S. Senate, where the 3.3 million U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico have no democratic representation. The letter complains that the June plebiscite “ballot’s exclusion… Read more »

2017 Plebiscite Draft Ballot Released

  The Puerto Rico State Elections Commissions has released a draft ballot for status referendum to be held on June 11, 2017. The ballot begins with “Instructions for the Voter” in both English and Spanish.  The English instructions inform voters that they “can only choose and mark one (1) alternative of non-territorial and non-colonial political… Read more »

Congress Examines PREPA Agreement, Other Fiscal Challenges Facing Puerto Rico

On March 22, 2017, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on the status of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) Restructuring Support Agreement (RSA). Subcommittee Chair Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) convened the hearing by reminding all parties of looming… Read more »

House Subcommittee Announces Hearing on PREPA Restructuring Support Agreement

The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs has announced an oversight hearing on the status of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) restructuring support agreement. The hearing will be help on Wednesday, March 22 at 10 am. The hearing will be run under the direction of Subcommittee Chairman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA)…. Read more »

PROMESA Board Approves Amended Fiscal Plan

Updated at 3/13  1:51 pm Puerto Rico’s fiscal board, created through the enactment of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), voted unanimously this morning to certify Puerto Rico Governor Ricky Rossello’s fiscal plan, provided that two amendments are made. One amendment would institute the Board’s earlier proposal for furloughing most government employees… Read more »

González-Colón Marks The 100th Anniversary of Puerto Rico’s U.S. Citizenship

Early this morning in the House of Representatives, Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon made a statement recognizing Puerto Rico’s one hundredth anniversary of U.S. citizenship. “I would like to seek equality for millions of citizens living in Puerto Rico,” she began.  “I am the sole representative for the island and I represent more constituents in… Read more »

FL Congresswoman Murphy Endorses Statehood for Puerto Rico

Florida Representative Stephanie Murphy (D) joined Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to support Puerto Rico statehood. “A century ago today, a federal law granted U.S. citizenship to individuals born in Puerto Rico,” said the freshman member of Congress. “Island residents have made countless contributions to this country… Read more »

Former Governor Alejandro García Padilla: Citizen of the U.S. or Spain?

  Alejandro García Padilla (Popular Democratic Party), the former governor of Puerto Rico, is a U.S. citizen, as are all people born in Puerto Rico. According to recent press reports, García Padilla is now also a Spanish citizen. This raises an interesting question: Can an individual be an American citizen and a citizen of another sovereign nation? According to the Consulate General… Read more »

New Data on Puerto Rican Migration to the States

A new report on migration for 2015 from the Puerto Rico Statistics Institute shows that people are still moving from the Island to the States in record numbers: 89 thousand people made the move in 2015. The result was a net loss in population of 64 thousand people. There was a net loss of 21… Read more »