Harris v. Rosario, 446 U.S. 651, 651-52 (1980). Congress, which is empowered under the Territory Clause of the constitution, U.S. const., Art. IV, 3, cl.2, to “make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the territory . . . belonging to the United States,” may treat Puerto Rico differently from States so long as there is… Read more »
A CNN article reports that Puerto Rico, an island with a population of 3,706,690, had 1,136 murders last year — 70% of them related to drug trafficking. For perspective, consider that New York City, with a population of more than 8 million people, had 496 murders in 2011. Travelers from Puerto Rico to the mainland… Read more »
Caribbean Business reports that the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization is considering the situation of Puerto Rico once again at its annual meeting. The committee is meeting today to consider the case of Puerto Rico in particular.
The Governing Board of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) will present a new agenda on status to its General Assembly on Sunday. The platform argues that Puerto Rico is not a territory of the United States at all: The PDP reaffirms the validity of the Commonwealth as autonomous political body, founded on a pact of union… Read more »
On November 15, 2010, Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner, Pedro Pierluisi, addressed the Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association at George Washington University to discuss the importance of Puerto Rican statehood and the upcoming status plebiscite on the Island. In his remarks, Pierluisi stressed his belief that the question of statehood has both “a moral component and… Read more »
Journalist Geraldo Rivera shared his views on Puerto Rican statehood in a Fox News Latino article called, “Puerto Rico, the 51st State?”
Withe a new admission bill in Congress, Puerto Rico could become the 51st state of the Union, with “rights, benefits and responsibilities equal to the rest of the States of the Union.” The President’s Report on Puerto Rico says, “If Puerto Rico became a State, citizens of Puerto Rico would be entitled to full representation… Read more »
In November, the people of Puerto Rico will have the opportunity to vote on the issue of their status. They will have two questions: first, they must choose between making a change and maintaining their current status as a territory of the United States.
Updated 7/30/2020 If Puerto Rico chooses statehood in the November Plebiscite, it will be one of only three states to have two official languages (Hawaii’s official languages are English and Hawaiian, while Alaska’s are English plus 20 languages indigenous to Alaska). Some discussion of the plebiscite has focused on the possible ramifications of this fact…. Read more »
Source: “The new agenda of status of the PDP,” by Jose Delgado, El Nuevo Dia, June 7, 2012 “The PDP reaffirms that the Commonwealth is the option of status that best represents the aspirations of the People of Puerto Rico. Well-governed by those who recognize its potential, the Commonwealth offers the greatest opportunities for progress… Read more »