All rights reserved. Stay tuned. “If not, the economic situation and the civil rights issues will not improve until we put a stop to this.”. After Congress accepted the new state's constitution, it would then vote on admitting the state to the union. Instead, we'll spell out how statehood could actually happen.
Although Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, they can’t vote in presidential elections and don’t have a congressional representative with full voting powers. Puerto Rico has been a U.S. territory since 1898 when it was acquired following the Spanish-American War.
The Caribbean island is still recovering from Hurricane Maria and is currently in a financial crisis. Now, in November, Puerto Ricans will again head to the polls to vote on a simple yes vs. no question of statehood without other options for independence or free association. Today is a historic day. Statehood is nothing else than Equality; and this Admission Act provides the means to put into effect the values of Democracy and Respect upon which our Nation is built.”. On November 3rd Puerto Ricans on the island voted in favor of statehood for the commonwealth. All the talking heads discuss Puerto Rican statehood as an either/or proposition. Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings. All the talking heads discuss Puerto Rican statehood as an either/or proposition.