Rep. Pierluisi will be speaking on Puerto Rico’s political status on Wednesday, April 24th at 6 p.m. on the campus of Georgetown University, at an event cosponsored by Georgetown and Cornell University.
Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, and Puerto Ricans are citizens of the U.S. Residents of Puerto Rico cannot vote in presidential elections and do not have the representation in Congress and the Senate that is given to states.
On November 6, 2012, Puerto Rico held a plebescite in which 54% percent of voters said they did not want to maintain their status as a territory. A second question asked voters to choose from the three valid political status options: Independence, Free Association, Statehood. 61% of the votes on this question were for Statehood.
In his new budget, President Obama has requested $2.5 million from Congress to provide educational materials and to hold the first federally-sponsored referendum in Puerto Rico’s history. The object of this follow-up vote is to resolve all remaining questions on the will of the Puerto Rican people and to support self-determination for the people of Puerto Rico.
Rep. Pierluisi will speak at the ICC Auditorium at Georgetown University. The event will be sponsored by The Latin American Students Association, The College Democrats, Center for Latin American Studies of Georgetown, The Cornell Department of Government, Mission 51 and Estadistas Unidos.