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Puerto Rico’s Military Support of the United States

In the 1770s, while still under Spanish rule, Puerto Rican soldiers joined General Bernardo de Gálvez, Governor of Louisiana, in support of the American Revolutionary War. Having sent funds and supplies to the rebels in 1776, de Galvez mustered a multicultural force and led them into battles in Baton Rouge, Natchez, Mobile, and Pensacola. Puerto… Read more »

Trump: No to Puerto Rican Statehood Because of San Juan Mayor

In a radio interview on Monday with Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera, President Trump rejected the idea of statehood for Puerto Rico as long as San Juan’s Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz stays in office. Cruz has been a critic of the Trump Administration’s response to Hurricanes Maria and Irma last year. “With the mayor of San… Read more »

U.S. Diplomacy Holds Promise For Puerto Rico

By Jose Fuentes Agostini  But Puerto Rico wants U.S. to set the record straight on past, present and future self-determination process All people of conscience and commitment to human liberty should welcome the robust debate that has ensued with respect to the letter from the U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to OAS addressed to IACHR dated… Read more »

Puerto Rico Shadow Delegation 2018 Report Outlines Principles

In January, in pursuance of the Tennessee Plan for statehood, Puerto Rico sent a bipartisan shadow delegation to Washington to represent Puerto Rico and advocate for statehood. former Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño Republican National Committeewoman Zoraida Fonalledas activist Alfonso Aguilar former Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Rosselló González former Gov. Carlos Romero Barceló former Puerto Rico… Read more »

Governor Rossello Urges Statehood in Letter to Trump

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello wrote a letter to President Trump last week in response to a Department of State (DOS) June submission to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) defending U.S. compliance with international law as long as Puerto Rico remains a U.S. territory.  Gov. Rossello  explained that DOS “based its arguments on a… Read more »

U.S. Legislators Mark the Anniversary of Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico has had one year to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. The lights are back on, businesses have reopened, and many parts of the Island seem to be back to normal. Numerous members of Congress recognized the anniversary of the day Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  In… Read more »

Who Pays U.S. Federal Income Tax?

Residents of Puerto Rico don’t pay federal income tax on income that they receive in Puerto Rico. They do pay payroll taxes, which support Medicare and Social Security, as well as tax on income sourced from the U.S. That came to $3.6 billion in 2016. What about individuals in the states? According to a new… Read more »

Puerto Rico Tweetstorm

Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday in an interview on CNN that the federal government is to blame for the deaths following Hurricane Maria. “What we saw in Puerto Rico was a mass death of 3,000 people,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It was the worst humanitarian crisis in modern American history, and many, many people impacted by… Read more »

President Trump Questions Hurricane Maria Death Toll

On September 13th, as the Atlantic coast prepared for Hurricane Florence, President Trump tweeted, “3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by… Read more »

FEMA Administrator Discusses “Pre-Positioning” and Hurricane Response

FEMA administrator Brock Long was interviewed on CNN as Atlantic States prepared for Hurricane Florence’s landfall. He emphasized the importance of “pre-positioning” — getting funds and response teams in place ahead of time rather than waiting until after the disaster occurs. Long spoke of disaster response as a chair with four legs: federal government state… Read more »