Both the Democratic Party and Republican Partyin their respective party platforms, have expressed their support of the rights of the United States citizens in Puerto Rico to determine the destiny of the Commonwealth to achieve a future permanent non-territorial political status with government by consent and full enfranchisement.
If local efforts in Puerto Rico to resolve the status issue do not provide a clear result in the short term, the President should support, and Congress should enact, self-executing legislation that specifies in advance for the people of Puerto Rico a set of clear status options, such as those recommended in the White House Task Force Report on Puerto Rico, which the United States is politically committed to fulfilling.
The nearest this movement ever came to success was inwhen Congress passed the District of Columbia Voting Rights Amendment. The Task Force recommends that, by the end ofthe Administration develop, draft, and work with Congress to enact the proposed legislation.
Another proposed option would be to have Marylandfrom which the current land was ceded, retake the District of Columbiaas Virginia has already done for its partwhile leaving the National Mallthe United States Capitoland the White House in a truncated District of Columbia.
The Democratic platform of said: As President Obama said when he became the first President to visit Puerto Rico and address its people in 50 years, Boricuas every day help write the American story. Its size has already changed once before, when Virginia reclaimed the portion of the District south of the Potomac.
We favor the appointment of residents to office, and equal treatment of the citizens of each of these three territories. We recognize that Congress has the final authority to define the constitutionally valid options for Puerto Rico to achieve a permanent non-territorial status with government by consent and full enfranchisement.
Guam formally the Territory of Guam is an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States. We favor the prompt determination and payment of any just claims by Indian and Eskimo citizens of Alaska against the United States. More specifically, the group called on the United States to expedite a process that would allow the people of Puerto Rico to exercise fully their right to self-determination and independence.
During that time, the people of Puerto Rico have developed strong political, economic, social, and cultural ties to the United States. Commonwealth may vote on a reunification referendum.
The latter is currently prohibited. The requirement that Maryland consent to a change in its borders makes this unlikely[ citation needed ].
InGovernor Eddie Calvo planned a decolonization referendum that the indigenous Chamorro people of Guam would solely participate in, in which the three options would be given, including statehood, independence, and free association. As long as Puerto Rico is not a state, however, the will of its people regarding their political status should be ascertained by means of a general right of referendum or specific referenda sponsored by the U.
Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Inthe Commission began seeking funding to start a public education campaign.
Puerto Rico was handed over to the US at the end of the Spanish-American war in as a form of war booty. Editing help is available.According to the Third Flag Resolution, passed by Congress inevery time a new state is added to the Union, a new star is added to the USA flag on the Fourth of July following the admission of that state.
So, if Puerto Rico becomes a state on January 1,you would expect to see a 51st star (provided that anther state not is added to.
Puerto Rico, the 51st State Puerto Rico has been under the U.S. flag sinceand Puerto Ricans have been granted U.S. citizenship since But the Commonwealth is still an unincorporated territory. 54 in Congress Propose 51st State Posted May 27, The number of members of the U.S.
House of Representatives who have formally proposed statehood legislation for Puerto Rico reached It is time to achieve the long-deserved right and moral imperative to become the 51st state in the union.
José M. Saldaña, D.M.D./M.P.H., is the former president of the University of Puerto Rico. Currently, Saldaña is the president of Igualdad, Futuro Seguro, a pro-statehood organization for Puerto Rico. A plebiscite in the US’s oldest and largest colony, Puerto Rico, has returned an overwhelming vote in favour of becoming the 51st state of the union.
Jun 28, · A bipartisan bill introduced on Wednesday seeks to make the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico the nation’s 51st state. Filed by Rep. Jennifer González-Colón (R), Puerto Rico’s resident.Download