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Rubio Encourages Puerto Rico Voters to say “Si”

In a recently released Facebook video, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) urges Puerto Ricans to “make history” by voting in the upcoming plebiscite:  “This November you will have the opportunity to make history,” said Senator Rubio. “You will make clear, for the first time in more than 100 years, if the majority of voters in… Read more »

Rep. John Lewis and the Sacred Right to Vote

As we prepare for this year’s election, voting rights are on the minds of many. One of the most important recent speeches on voting rights was this very brief one from the late Representative John Lewis. Rep. Lewis spoke in Congress in support of HR 1, the For the People Act. “The right to vote… Read more »

Schumer “Would Love to Make” Puerto Rico a State

In a late September interview with Joy Reid of MSNBC, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) listed things he would change if his party gains control of the Senate in the upcoming election. Reid asked about Puerto Rico Statehood, and Schumer responded, “I would — believe me, on D.C. and Puerto Rico — particularly if… Read more »

Donald Trump Courts Puerto Rican Voters

President Donald Trump courted Puerto Rican voters during a Florida rally on Monday, his first since catching Covid-19. “I’m not gonna say the best, but I’m just about the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico. You better vote for me, Puerto Rico,” boasted the president. President Trump’s campaign for reelection, like his competitor’s… Read more »

Joe Biden Appeals to Puerto Rican Voters

Presidential candidate Joe Biden has created new ads designed to appeal to Puerto Rican voters. The first ad, “US Citizens Already,” shows the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and emphasizes the connection between the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico and those living in states. “In the United States there is no room for… Read more »

How Would Statehood for Puerto Rico Change Congress?

Puerto Rico is getting ready to vote again on its political status, this time with a yes/no vote on statehood like the votes held in Alaska and Hawaii before they became states. Many of the changes that would take place if Puerto Rico becomes a state are  predictable. For example, as a state, Puerto Rico… Read more »

John Oliver Calls Statehood “The Right…Thing To Do”

John Oliver got serious on Last Week Tonight  when he suggested admitting Puerto Rico as a State. In this video clip, Oliver says, “There are some other steps we could take that should be impossible to argue with at this point. . . . On the Senate side, you could grant statehood to Washington, DC,… Read more »

Puerto Rican Population in the States

Recent estimates say that there are about 5.8 million Puerto Ricans living in the States, compared with 3.2 million on the Island. Puerto Ricans are not evenly distributed across the nation, however. Here, in order of Puerto Rican population, are the States with the 10 largest concentrations of Puerto Ricans. Florida Florida overtook New York… Read more »