Puerto Ricans in the United States: A Statistical Profile

The Pew Hispanic Center has for some time been keeping records on people living in Puerto Rico, and on people from Puerto Rico living in the States.  According to the most recent report, Puerto Ricans are the second-largest Hispanic subgroup in the U.S. after Mexicans, constituting 9.5 percent of the total U.S. Hispanic population.  They… Read more »

Republican Presidents Support Statehood for Puerto Rico

George Bush, Ronald Reagan and Gerald R. Ford all made ads favoring statehood in preparation for the 1993 status referendum in Puerto Rico. Mr. Reagan tells voters that “the United States will welcome you with open arms” because “we believe firmly that our strength is our diversity.”  He emphasizes that he personally favors statehood for… Read more »

An Open Letter from Power 4 Puerto Rico to 2020 Candidates

Governor Rossello has told 2020 candidates that he expects a strong statement in favor of Puerto Rico statehood from any candidate who wants support from Puerto Rico. Power 4 Puerto Rico, a coalition of political organizations, is taking it a step further. In an open letter to candidates in the 2020 presidential race, Power 4… Read more »

Government Accountability Office Reports on Hurricane Maria Recovery

Last Thursday, the Government Accountability Office (the GAO), released a report examining the progress made toward rebuilding Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Nearly $4 billion was committed to Puerto Rico’s disaster assistance, and just about 43% of those funds have actually been spent. Why has less than half of the funding been used a year… Read more »

Nutrition Assistance in Puerto Rico on the Brink

Puerto Rico was initially included in the U.S. Food Stamp program, but in the 1980s — as part of a general cutback — Puerto Rico was cut out of the federal program and placed instead in the Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP), a block grant that caps resources at a flat amount regardless of need. While… Read more »

Stealing the Senate through Statehood?

Columnist Justin Hankins suggests that the Democratic Party could get control of the Senate by adding a couple of new Democratic states — specifically, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. He’s not the first to suggest this strategy, by any means. But he does have a counterproposal: the Republicans should find a new red state for… Read more »

Congress’s Support for Voting Rights Should Extend to Puerto Rico

Congress passed a bold new voting rights bill mandating automatic voter registration, a federal Election Day holiday, an end to aggressive purging of voter rolls, an end to gerrymandering, and more national efforts to make voting easier for American citizens. Every Democrat in the House voted for the bill. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the minority leader… Read more »

Steps towards Equality for Puerto Rico

With the introduction of new tax and health care related legislation and a recent announcement by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. federal government appears to have taken some steps towards equality for Puerto Rico. On March 7, Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) filed a bill which would give parents in Puerto… Read more »

Territory-born Tulsi Gabbard Can Be President – Here’s Why!

Tulsi Gabbard “natural born citizen” POTUS eligible – Here’s why! U.S. military veteran, Member of Congress from Hawaii, presidential candiate,Tulsi Gabbard, was born in the tiny overseas island territory of American Samoa.  Americans born in that territory have U.S. nationality but not citizenship.  The local government and people so far have not petitioned Congress for… Read more »

Rep. Darren Soto Presents Puerto Rico Recovery Blueprint

Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) has issued a report with recommendations to help Puerto Rico in four key areas: disaster relief, economic development, debt reform and Medicaid. The report, based on communications with leaders from Puerto Rico and members of Florida’s Puerto Rican community, is intended to be the Congressman’s recovery blueprint for the U.S. territory…. Read more »