On July 25, Puerto Rico observes the anniversary of its local self-government. On that day in 1952, Governor Luis Muñoz Marin formally proclaimed a Constitution for the island, which would henceforth be called the “Commonwealth of Puerto Rico” in English and “A Freely Associated State” (Estado Libre Asociado) in Spanish. In over six decades of operation on the island, much has… Read more »
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One United States President after another has supported statehood for Puerto Rico. In this video, you can hear Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush exhorting the people of Puerto Rico to vote in previous plebiscites. “The voices of three and a half million American citizens in Puerto Rico constitute a formidible force,” said Gerald… Read more »
The Republican Party of Puerto Rico is stepping up its outreach to the leadership of the House of Representative to urge action on the November Puerto Rican plebiscite. Members of the Party will join a coalition of forces meeting in Washington today to advocate congressional action on the recent Puerto Rican vote for statehood. Local… Read more »
The 113th Congress has passed a formal set of rules to govern debate and consideration of federal legislation, and for the second Congress in a row, delegates of the U.S. territories and District of Columbia will be denied a voice in the House of Representatives. Roughly five million U.S. citizens who reside within the United States, fight… Read more »
In late December, the Congressional Record reported a little noticed reminder of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s Concurrent Resolution No. 67, requesting the President and the Congress to respond diligently and effectively and to act on the demand of the people of Puerto Rico to admit the territory to the Union as… Read more »
The population of Puerto Rico continues to decline according to recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Government data from July of 2012 show Puerto Rico’s population to be 3,667,084, a decrease of more than 27,000 from 2011 and a reduction of more than 54,000 since 2010. The overall U.S. population increased over the same period.
Puerto Rico’s police force is the second largest in U.S. states and territories, second in size only to that of New York City. The Puerto Rican police force includes more than 17,000 officers.
Reports on the “Fiscal Cliff Bill” are finding humor in some of the provisions, including the extension of the cover-over subsidies on rum from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some are reporting this as “a new tax” or a “rum subsidy,” and the Washington Post described it as one “of the more curious… Read more »
The State Election commission of PuertoRico issued an official preliminary certification of plebiscite results on November 9th, two days after the landmark election in which the people of Puerto Rico voted for the first time to become a state of the United States. The Puerto Rico Report has posted a copy of this document, which can be viewed… Read more »
Columbia Law School professor Christina Duffy Ponsa has published a thoughtful essay about the November 6th Puerto Rico plebiscite. A nationally recognized expert on the constitutional implications of American territorial expansion, Ms. Duffy Ponsa’s analysis is a concise, easy read on the implications of the recent vote. She wrote: