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Tributes to Florida’s Puerto Rican Heroes

Several Central Florida leaders from Puerto Rico were honored on the floor of the House of Representatives by Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) last month in recognition of for Hispanic Heritage Month, which ends on October 15th. Betsy Franceschini Educated at the Catholic University of Ponce, Betsy Franceschini came to Central Florida in 1985. Since her… Read more »

The Child Tax Credit in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

A new study from the Youth Development Institute of Puerto Rico reports that 30% of parents of young children in Puerto Rico lost their jobs or had their working hours reduced after Hurricane Maria struck the Island last year. More than half of those children were already living in poverty before the hurricane. “These children and… Read more »

Insular Cases unrelated to denial of federal voting rights in U.S. territories

By Howard Hills Federal court rulings defined territories with non-citizen populations as “unincorporated,” but U.S. citizens in “incorporated” territories also were denied federal voting rights until admitted as states. Denial of equal federal voting right to U.S. territories not subject to Insular Cases demonstrates the “unincorporated territory” doctrine of the Insular Cases is not the… Read more »

Jenniffer González-Colón Proposes New Historic Landmarks

Jenniffer González-Colón (R-P.R.), Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, has introduced four bills to declare notable Puerto Rico sites as National Historic Landmarks. The Jose Celso Barbosa Birthplace Home National Historic Landmark. Dr. José Celso Barbosa is known as the founder of the Republican Party in Puerto Rico and the Father of Statehood.  He is also the first… Read more »

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 »