As more of the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico have aspired to equality with residents of the States, Puerto Rico’s “Commonwealth” party has worked in tandem with anti-Latino groups to block the self-determination of Puerto Ricans. The most recent example of their mutual efforts is featured on the Website of ProEnglish, a group that is run out of the same office as an organization working to reduce immigration into the U.S. Most immigrants to the U.S. at present are people of Hispanic origin.
The featured post [below] earlier ran as a blogpost on the Website of The Hill, a newspaper for the congressional community. It was authored by the chairman of the “Commonwealth” party’s Federal affairs committee. It argues that Puerto Rico’s current political status ( territory, often misleadingly called “Commonwealth“) did not lose Puerto Rico’s November 2012 plebiscite on status options. The blog also asserts that the statehood option did not win — contrary to the count of Puerto Rico’s Elections Commission.
There is a history of “Commonwealth” party officials working with anti-Hispanic voices. In 1998, ‘commonwealthers’ enlisted anti-Hispanic immigrant leaders in efforts to prevent congressional approval of Puerto Rican status choice legislation (H.R. 856). The bill passed the House of Representatives but this opposition impeded the legislation’s movement in the Senate, and H.R. 856 was not enacted into law.