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 a practical component” and that statehood “is both the most principled status choice and the most prudent status choice.”Read More »Pierluisi makes the moral and practical case for statehood
Journalist Geraldo Rivera shared his views on Puerto Rican statehood in a Fox News Latino article called, “Puerto Rico, the 51st State?”Read More »Geraldo Rivera Weighs in on the Question of Statehood
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… Read More »Puerto Rican Statehood: What’s the Difference?
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.Read More »The Plebiscite Ballot
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… Read More »Platform of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP)
Puerto Rico’s “Commonwealth” (Popular Democratic) Party (PDP) leadership reinforced its preference for Puerto Rico’s current status as a territory of the United States while a group of PDP members continued their break from the party leadership in favor of nationhood in free association with the U.S. at the May 18th meeting of Puerto Rico’s State Elections Commission.Read More »PDP Divided Between Territory and Free Association Options
Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner, Pedro Pierluisi, took to the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on May 17 to call for “equal treatment for all American citizens, regardless of where they reside.” Citing the territory’s ineligibility for core components of the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, Pierluisi asserted that the unequal treatment of U.S. citizens in federal programs targeting the most vulnerable populations amounts to “geographic discrimination.” Read More »Pierluisi Calls for Equal Treatment for All American Citizens Regardless of Residency