Top Stories of 2018

Many of the most popular stories at Puerto Rico Report in 2018 were the articles that answer questions and confusions a lot of Americans still have about the relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico. Is Puerto Rico a Country? How Did Puerto Rico Become a U.S. Territory? Is Puerto Rico Part of the… Read more »

A Page from History: Favorite Dishes in Uncles Sam’s New Possession

A visitor to Puerto Rico, Otto Schoenrich, brought back word of the local cuisine to his local paper in Baltimore. Puerto Rico had recently become a U.S. possession, and people in the States were curious about the way of life in the new territory. The New York Times published the article the day after Christmas,… Read more »

Puerto Rico Lost Nearly 130,000 Residents after Hurricane Maria

The Census Bureau’s newest population estimates claim that the number of residents in Puerto Rico fell by nearly 130,000 between July 2017 and July 2018. This comes to a 3.9% drop in population in a single year. Puerto Rico had a population of 3,726,157 in 2010. The current population stands at 3,195,153. This is a total loss… Read more »

PROMESA Board Wants Food Stamp Work Requirement for Puerto Rico

The PROMESA oversight board has written to Puerto Rico Family Department Secretary Glorimar Andújar Matos calling for a work requirement to be tied to the Puerto Rico Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP). The certified commonwealth fiscal plan includes such a requirement. The letter was preceded by publication of an opinion piece in the Washington Post by… Read more »

Federal Lawmakers Endorse Straightforward Statehood Vote for Puerto Rico

On Thursday, two senior members of Congress made statements on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of a straightforward statehood “yes or no” vote in Puerto Rico. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) clearly stated: It is a great honor to stand today in solidarity with Ms. Ros-Lehtinen in calling for what is… Read more »

Would Statehood Have Saved Cockfighting in Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States. This means that while people born in Puerto Rico are natural-born U.S. citizens and must follow all U.S. laws, Puerto Rico has no voting representation in Congress. There are no U.S. senators from Puerto Rico, and just one non-voting member in the House of Representatives…. Read more »

Who’s a Real American?

A new poll gives insight into what Americans think makes “a real American.” Surprise! It’s not being born in America or spending most of one’s life in the United States. The Grinnell College poll asked 1,000 adults across the U.S. for opinions on a range of subjects. Here are the characteristics respondents considered most important… Read more »

Legislators Ask for FEMA Housing Investigation

Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CN), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Richard Durbin (D-IL) have asked U.S. Inspector General John Kelly to find answers to questions about the home rebuilding part of FEMA’s work on recovery following Hurricane Maria. Far fewer households were awarded any aid for their homes than is usual in disasters. One… Read more »

Rep. Grijalva Has Plans for Puerto Rico

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) is the incoming chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, the committee which oversees Puerto Rico for Congress. In an interview last week with El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico’s largest news source, he outlined his plan for Puerto Rico: He wants to change the relationship between the PROMESA Fiscal Oversight and Management… Read more »

Democrats Criticize PROMESA Board & Plan

Thirty-four congressional Democrats — including the incoming chairman of the House committee with jurisdiction regarding PROMESA and three senators who are 2020 presidential hopefuls — have written the PROMESA Financial Board sharply criticizing the Board’s Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico and the agreement of the Board and the territorial government with creditors of the government’s… Read more »