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What is a Territory?

Puerto Rico is a territory belonging to the United States. Historically, many parts of the current United States, such as Oregon and Missouri, were territories before statehood. The Philippines are an example of a former territory of the United States which is now an independent nation. There are also former territories which have become part… Read more »

Supreme Court Statements on Puerto Rico’s Status

Harris v. Rosario, 446 U.S. 651, 651-52 (1980). Congress, which is empowered under the Territory Clause of the constitution, U.S. const., Art. IV, 3, cl.2, to “make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the territory . . . belonging to the United States,” may treat Puerto Rico differently from States so long as there is… Read more »

Puerto Rico: Undefended Front in the War on Drugs

A CNN article reports that Puerto Rico, an island with a population of 3,706,690, had 1,136 murders last year — 70% of them related to drug trafficking. For perspective, consider that New York City, with a population of more than 8 million people, had 496 murders in 2011. Travelers from Puerto Rico to the mainland… Read more »

UN Meeting about Puerto Rico Again

Caribbean Business reports that the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization is considering the situation of Puerto Rico once again at its annual meeting. The committee is meeting today to consider the case of Puerto Rico in particular.

A New Concept of Status from the PDP

The Governing Board of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) will present a new agenda on status to its General Assembly  on Sunday. The platform argues that Puerto Rico is not a territory of the United States at all: The PDP reaffirms the validity of the Commonwealth as autonomous political body, founded on a pact of union… Read more »

Puerto Rican Statehood: What’s the Difference?

Withe a new admission bill in Congress, Puerto Rico could become the 51st state of the Union,  with “rights, benefits and responsibilities equal to the rest of the States of the Union.” The President’s Report on Puerto Rico says, “If Puerto Rico became a State, citizens of Puerto Rico would be entitled to full representation… Read more »

The Plebiscite Ballot

In November, the people of Puerto Rico will have the opportunity to vote on the issue of their status. They will have two questions: first, they must choose between making a change and maintaining their current status as a territory of the United States.

Platform of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP)

Source: “The new agenda of status of the PDP,” by Jose Delgado, El Nuevo Dia, June 7, 2012 “The PDP reaffirms that the Commonwealth is the option of status that best represents the aspirations of the People of Puerto Rico.  Well-governed by those who recognize its potential, the Commonwealth offers the greatest opportunities for progress… Read more »

PDP Divided Between Territory and Free Association Options

Puerto Rico’s “Commonwealth” (Popular Democratic) Party (PDP) leadership reinforced its preference for Puerto Rico’s current status as a territory of the United States while a group of PDP members continued their break from the party leadership in favor of nationhood in free association with the U.S. at the May 18th meeting of Puerto Rico’s State… Read more »