A letter from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives July 23rd urged support for the bill to commit the Federal government to act on statehood for Puerto Rico if islanders vote for the status again.
The letter signed by President Margaret Moran noted that Puerto Ricans rejected the current territory status and chose statehood among the alternatives in a plebiscite last November:
On November 6, 2012, the 3.7 million American citizens living in Puerto Rico exercised their right to self-determination by holding a free and fair vote on the U.S. territory’s future political status. The results showed that a clear majority of Puerto Rico voters do not support the current territory status, and that more voters favor statehood than any other status option, including the current status.
The letter also stated that:
It is a sad but undeniable fact that the people of Puerto Rico, despite being citizens of the greatest democracy in history, have a political status that is undemocratic and unequal. For both moral and legal reasons, it is incumbent upon the federal government to facilitate Puerto Rico’s transition to a democratic and dignified status. Because H.R. 2000 establishes a fair, straightforward and transparent process that responds to the historic results of the November referendum, it has LULAC’s strong endorsement.
HR 2000, which is supported by 101 members of the House led by Puerto Rico’s representative to the Federal government, Pedro Pierluisi, would require the President to submit legislation to make the territory a State if Puerto Ricans vote for statehood again. It would also pledge Congress to pass such legislation.
LULAC is the largest and the oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. Civic participation and civil rights are among its highest priorities.