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Options for the Future of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has three viable status options: statehood independence (with or without a Compact of Free Association) current territory status Federal law, official documents and members of U.S. Congress have been explicit that Puerto Rico is a “possession” of the United States. This ownership implies some responsibility on the part of the United States, but… Read more »

Can the Federal Government Sell Puerto Rico?

The New York Times published a claim last weekend that has resurfaced with some frequency over the years, drawing outrage each time:  the notion that the U.S. has the power to sell Puerto Rico or otherwise “divest” its most populous territory, home to over three million U.S. citizens. New York Councilman and congressional candidate Ritchie… Read more »

Puerto Rico Is Not Responding to the 2020 Census

Back in May, NPR reported that Puerto Rico was the lowest state or territory in responses to the 2020 Census. While 59% of American households in general had responded, only 8% of Puerto Rican households had filled out their census forms. More recent data suggests that 20% of Puerto Ricans have responded by now. But… Read more »

Puerto Rico to Open for Tourism – With Precautions

Puerto Rico tourism

Puerto Rico plans to allow tourists to visit again beginning on July 15. However, there are still some restrictions in place as the Island opens up from pandemic shut down. Puerto Rico has had 8,745 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of this writing, and continues to have small numbers of new cases and fatalities. Accordingly,… Read more »

Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon Urges Congress to Increase Resources for Puerto Rico

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee about Puerto Rico’s priorities in fiscal year 2021. The U.S. government’s fiscal year begins on October 1st. The budget each year is built on information gathered from leaders such as Gonzalez-Colon. Nutrition assistance The Trump administration has proposed $1.9 million for the… Read more »

Does the U.S. Want Statehood for Puerto Rico?

The upcoming Puerto Rico plebiscite, scheduled for November 3rd, asks Puerto Rican voters to say “yes” or “no” on statehood. Following the vote, Congress should take action to make the preferred status official. How do the people of the mainland U.S. feel about Puerto Rico as State #51? Rasmussen Reports, a respected news polling organization,… Read more »

How Popular Is Independence in Puerto Rico?

Independence has never been a very popular option in Puerto Rico. It has not received as much as 6% in any status vote, and no independent candidate has ever won as governor. Independence has gotten the following percentages of votes in the plebiscites that have taken place so far: July 23, 1967: 0.6% November 14,… Read more »

Puerto Rican Jockey Manny Franco Wins at Belmont

Manny Franco was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, in 1994. Now 25, he has been a professional jockey since 2013. He won the 2020 Belmont Stakes with Tiz the Law on June 20 in his Belmont racing debut. Franco was introduced to horse racing by his father, who took him to the racetrack as a… Read more »

The Impact of COVID-19 on U.S. Territories

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing on June 30th exploring the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico.  Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico and the Island’s only representative in Congress, testified before the Committee. Gonzalez-Colon began with a reminder of the economic costs… Read more »