Groups Call for Action on Statehood Proposals

51 Puerto Rico organizations banded together to send a letter to Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-AR) of the House Natural Resources Committee. The letter called for immediate action on the question of Puerto Rico’s political status. Puerto Rico is a territory belonging to the United States. Reps Darren Soto (D-FL)… Read more »

“Alma’s Way” Shows Puerto Rican Community

A PBS program for children, Alma’s Way, represents the Puerto Rican community of the Bronx. Natalia Quintana-Feliciano of PBS says, “There’s so much power in children seeing themselves on-screen. In celebrating what makes them unique, they have the opportunity to think of themselves as the main character of their own story. Not as a background… Read more »

The End of Puerto Rico as a Tax Haven?

Many U.S.corporations, and wealthy individuals as well, see Puerto Rico as a tax haven.  In 2019, the IRS reported to Congress on 166 individuals who had moved to Puerto Rico and once there, paid no income tax. Five years before relocation, these individuals had paid a total of $252,300,000 in income taxes. A resident of… Read more »

House Majority Leader Hoyer Pursues a Decision on Puerto Rico Status

The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Steny Hoyer (D-MD), said that he hopes Congress will produce a decision on Puerto Rico’s political status in the new year. “I think we should have a relationship with Puerto Rico that makes them equal citizens, with equal status,” he told El Nuevo Dia, reiterating that he wanted… Read more »

Controversy over Puerto Rico’s Bahia Urbana

Governor Pierluisi announced that the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority would be working with private companies to develop Bahia Urbana, a dockyard in Old San Juan. With $118 million in private funding, the project would create a new entertainment district with an amphitheater, bars, restaurants, a market targeted towards tourists, an urban forest (a… Read more »

DREAMing of U.S. Citizenship

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In 2012, President Obama initiated the DACA program to shield people brought to the United States unlawfully as children from deportation. The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act providing a path to citizenship for these people had failed in Congress. Obama used an executive order to bypass Congress. In 2017, President Trump… Read more »

Puerto Rican Naturalization – How to Become a U.S. Citizen in a New Nation

Puerto Rico voters have rejected the current territorial status and voted in favor of statehood. Congress is expected to consider the question of Puerto Rico’s status soon. However, there is still an anti-statehood faction not only in Puerto Rico, but also in Congress. Anti-statehood activists often claim that U.S. citizenship will be “permanent and irreversible”… Read more »

$1,628,285 Awarded to Puerto Rico for Nuclear Energy

The Office of Nuclear Energy’s US Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development project has awarded $1,628,285 for nuclear energy development in Puerto Rico. The funds will go toward a site suitability study examining the prospect of two possible locations for small nuclear reactors in Puerto Rico. The Nuclear Alternative Project has identified two locations that… Read more »

Offshore Wind Leasing and Puerto Rico

The Build Back Better Act has passed the House and gone to the Senate, where negotiations will continue for a possible vote before Christmas. In an explainer at Medium.com, the House Natural Resources Committee Democrats said, “The much-needed investments we’re making as part of the Build Back Better Act will create a stronger, more sustainable… Read more »