Puerto deserves Statehood more than D.C.
If this was about giving representation to the people, Democrats would be focused more on Puerto Rico than D.C.
Puerto Rico has 3 million people vs 700000 from D.C.
Puerto Ricans cannot vote for the president, while people in D.C. can.
Puerto Ricans have been saddled with a fiscal oversight board known as PROMESA in order to repay its debts—forcing austerity on residents suffering a 23 percent rate of unemployment and a much higher rate of poverty than the incorporated states. But in November, on Election Day, Puerto Ricans voted—for the sixth time since 1967—on whether they prefer the ongoing territorial status, or to become a U.S. state.
Puerto Rican residents are currently not eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. They are eligible for Medicaid and CHIP, but under different policies than in the 50 states and DC.
Becoming a state would also allow them to benefit from an extra $20 billion a year in federal funds — something Puerto Rico could use, given its 13 percent unemployment rate.
Puerto Rico the state would also gain two seats in the U.S. Senate and five in the House of Representatives — a major upgrade from the one non-voting delegate that currently represents the territory.
How long can the United States avoid its responsibility to tackle the issue of Puerto Rico’s future political status? The territorial status of Puerto Rico is unsustainable, being the main reason for the present Puerto Rican crisis.
The US cannot continue to operate a colony, forcing U.S. citizens to accept a second-class citizenship, one without full political rights and equal representation, and not guaranteed by the constitution. The United
States is a republic, not an empire
Puerto Rico residents have fought and died in every war, yet those armed service members are denied the freedoms they have fought to protect.
Commonwealth status was never meant to be permanent, it was meant as a transitional step.
Pushing for D.C statehood rather than Puerto Rico statehood is nothing more than seeking power since it will assure Democrats 2 senators.
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