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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 »

U.S. Party Platforms and Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has three dominant political parties rather than the two major national parties which are of primary importance in the 50 states. However, the Democratic and Republican parties also have a presence in Puerto Rico. Perhaps more importantly, both hold official positions on Puerto Rico’s status and have typically announced those positions every four… Read more »

DOJ and Governor Vazquez Correspond on Plebiscite

Unite States Department of Justice (DOJ) Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen wrote a letter to Puerto Rico State Elections Commission Chairman Juan Ernesto Davila Rivera on July 29th explaining that the Department refused to provide funding Congress approved in 2014 for the upcoming Puerto Rico plebiscite because DOJ had rejected the November plebiscite ballot and… Read more »

Federal Officials Express Support for Puerto Rico Equality, Statehood

As we remember Hurricane Maria’s landfall in Puerto Rico three years ago and look ahead to a presidential election in which the votes of stateside Puerto Ricans matter more than ever, members of Congress and other representatives of the federal government are paying attention to the U.S. territory. This renewed awareness of Puerto Rico comes… Read more »