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Anti-Statehood Movement for New Mexico

32 U.S. territories have already become States, and each of them has had anti-statehood factions. New Mexico faced particularly strong anti-statehood feelings. Who was in the anti-statehood movement for New Mexico? White settlers The majority of New Mexico’s population were Spanish-speaking people. New Mexico had been part of Mexico. The United States gained the land… Read more »

First Lady Hosts Child Tax Credit Event

For tax year 2021, Puerto Rico families will have access to the Child Tax Credit (CTC) on an equal footing with the States. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, House Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez, Deputy Secretary of Treasury Wally Adeyemo, and American Rescue Plan Coordinator Gene Sperling held a virtual event with UnidosUS,… Read more »

Puerto Rico Exports

Exports from Puerto Rico have been volatile during the pandemic, but are rebounding this year. source: A century ago, Puerto Rico was seeing fairly steady growth in its major exports, with a striking increase in 1920.   Looking at a similar timeframe, from 2003 to 2021, we can see that Puerto Rico’s exports have… Read more »

White House Event on Puerto Rico Child Tax Credit to be Held on Monday

This Monday, April 11, First Lady Jill Biden will headline a virtual event on the Child Tax Credit’s recent expansion to Puerto Rico and the ability of Puerto Rican families to qualify for this promising federal policy that has been proven to help lift families out of poverty. Guests include Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and American Rescue… Read more »

Are Status Votes Unfair?

Acevedo Vilá

Members of Congress often say that they don’t know what position to take on Puerto Rico’s status because they don’t have enough information. Puerto Rico has been a territory– a possession — of the United States for more than a century. People born in Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens but cannot vote in presidential elections… Read more »

Obtaining Full Self Government for Puerto Rico

The late Rep. Don Young (R-AK) is well known – and in many quarters beloved –  for introducing a bill calling for a referendum on status options for Puerto Rico. H.R. 856, the United States-Puerto Rico Political Status Act, was clear that “[f]ull self-government for Puerto Rico is attainable only through the establishment of a… Read more »

Oldest Civil Rights Organization Backs Statehood for Puerto Rico


The League of United Latino American Citizens (LULAC), the largest and oldest organization focusing on civil rights for Hispanic Americans, has come out in favor of statehood for Puerto Rico. This is not the first time LULAC has announced support for statehood. However, recent attention in the House of Representatives on two competing legislative proposals… Read more »

Administrative Treatment of Puerto Rico as a State

Administrative Treatment of Puerto Rico as a State

In 1992, President George Bush wrote a memo calling on federal agencies to treat Puerto Rico “as if it were a state.” “Puerto Rico is a self-governing territory of the United States whose residents have been United States citizens since 1917 and have fought valorously in five wars in the defense of our Nation and… Read more »

Medicare Advantage in Puerto Rico

Jennifer González-Colón, together with ten other Members of Congress, wrote a letter to Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, expressing concern over Medicare Advantage (MA) in Puerto Rico. “[W]e are writing to request that you consider adopting the necessary policies to reduce the current inequities in the operation of Puerto Rico’s… Read more »

What the U.S. Congress Can’t Give Puerto Rico

Under international law, minority groups have the right to self-determination, a principle defined by the Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute as “a legal right of people to decide their own destiny in the international order.” After a series of plebiscite votes – as recently as 2020 – confirmed the people of Puerto Rico’s decision… Read more »