The Issue Of Puerto Rico

1542 Words Dec 18th, 2015 7 Pages
Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States since 1898 and in order to change that status citizens of the territory must vote in a plebiscite, a special referendum. The three options available to choose from were to become a state, to remain a territory, or to become an independent nation (Martin). In the November 6, 2012 plebiscite held in Puerto Rico, 54% of the population said that do not like the current commonwealth status of the island (Alexandrino). The next question offered to the population were three solutions following those of the United Nations guidelines. Of the three options, statehood received the highest vote reigning in 61% of the votes. However, over 480,000 people did not answer the second question (Alexandrino). Due to this gap in voters, the United States government has not seen an urgency to admit Puerto Rico to the union. President Obama’s administration has made it clear that Congress and himself will support “any fair, transparent, and swift effort that is consistent with and reflects the will of the people of Puerto Rico,” and have agreed “if the process produces a clear result, Congress should act on it quickly with the President’s support,” (Fabian). Since the mid twentieth century, the status of Puerto Rico has been in discussion both in Congress and on the island itself. Referendums have been held throughout the 1980s to the present but none have achieved their job of changing Puerto Rico’s status. Statehood was one of the options offered…

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