PUERTO RICO UPHOLDS STATEHOOD DEMAND IN CONTENTIOUS VOTE

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June 12, 2017

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor is vowing to turn the U.S. territory into the 51st state after statehood won in a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about the vote’s legitimacy.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello told a couple hundred supporters waving U.S. flags late Sunday that he will soon create a commission to appoint two senators and five representatives to demand statehood from the U.S. Congress, which has to approve any changes to the island’s political status.

“The United States of America will have to obey the will of our people!” Rossello yelled to a crowd clutching U.S. flags and dancing to a tropical jingle that promoted statehood.

But experts say it is highly unlikely a Republican-controlled Congress would acknowledge Sunday’s results, let alone accept them because Puerto Rico tends to favor Democrats.

  • Rodney Steward

    We just bailed out their but last year for a couple of Billion, all these gutter rats will be is more welfare trash, and is why they want to be one of our states! We can’t afford any more of this type losers, and WHY would we ever consider this crap!

  • MidnightDStroyer

    What a bunch of deluded people to think that Congress (or even the USA-level of government on the whole) has the power to grant Statehood to any territory. Conferring the status of Statehood is wholly up to a Convention of States. Even before that Convention takes place Puerto Rico will have to adopt a State Constitution of their own, in conjunction with & compliant to the United States Constitution; without such a State Constitution, the Ratification Procedure would be invalid.

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  • Rachel

    I would rather see Puerto Rico as its own country, not a state.

    • MidnightDStroyer

      I agree. But they don’t want to tend to the oh-so-important concerns of their own, such as national defense, trade, both internal & external, etc. But then again, they no longer seem to be very happy by being under strictly Federal US “leadership” any more either.

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