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Puerto Rico Statehood

GAO Confirms Statehood Too Costly for Puerto Rico and the U.S.

Adrian Brito | Posted 04.02.2014 | Latino Voices
Adrian Brito

Granting statehood to Puerto Rico would set back the island's economy, cost American companies billions of dollars and decrease sources of federal revenues.

Puerto Rico Report Feeds Statehood Debate

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 04.02.2014 | Latino Voices

A report issued Monday by the Government Accountability Office estimating the costs of admitting Puerto Rico as a U.S. state hasn’t done much to set...

Why The U.S. Is Partially To Blame For Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis

The Huffington Post | Adriana Usero | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Puerto Rico's debt crisis results from the island's status as a United States territory lacking the benefits of statehood, according to ...

Puerto Rico Takes Another Tiny Step Toward Statehood

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.12.2014 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rico just took a small step in the direction of becoming the 51st U.S. state. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) submitted legislation Wedn...

Rightwing Think Tank Furious Over Money For Puerto Rico

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.25.2014 | Latino Voices

Assessing the political status of Puerto Rico is a waste of money, according to one conservative think tank. The Heritage Foundation lashed out at ...

Puerto Ricans On The Mainland Call For 'Equality' On The Island

AP | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ | Posted 12.01.2013 | Latino Voices

MIAMI (AP) — Puerto Rican attorney Iara Rodriguez waved campaign signs and cheered at the 2012 Democratic Convention as President Barack Obama was n...

Protesters Demand 'Equality' For Puerto Rico

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 11.19.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rican statehood supporters are trying to rekindle flagging interest in the issue one year after a referendum left the island’s political stat...

Truman's Assassination Attempt Is Reminder Of U.S.-Puerto Rico Relations

VOXXI | W. Alejandro Sanchez | Posted 11.01.2013 | Latino Voices

This Friday, November 1, marks the 63rd anniversary of the 1950 assassination attempt on President Harry Truman by two Puerto Rican nationalists: Osca...

Gutierrez Weighs In On Puerto Rican Statehood Legislation

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 07.26.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rico statehood supporters are facing opposition from the most prominent boricuas in Congress. Reps. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) and Nydia Vel...

LOOK: Puerto Rico's Status Debate 61 Years Later

VOXXI | Rocio Gonzalez | Posted 07.25.2013 | Latino Voices

On July 25, 1952, in front of a crowd waving American and Puerto Rican flags, Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Muñoz Marin officially raised the Puerto Rican fl...

On Questions of Status: Puerto Rico's Relation to the U.S. and Oscar López Rivera's Fate

Luis A. Marentes | Posted 09.23.2013 | Latino Voices
Luis A. Marentes

Today I'd like to address an aspect of the passions surrounding the relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico that has been steadily gaining the attention not only of Puerto Ricans, but of the international community as a whole: the fate of Oscar López Rivera.

Red Cross Has Bad News For Puerto Rico

VOXXI | Rocio Gonzalez | Posted 06.25.2013 | Latino Voices

The American Red Cross has announced it plans to stop collecting blood in Puerto Rico, beginning in October. The organization said the decision cam...

Puerto Rican Rep. Threatens To Take Statehood Claim Over Obama's Head

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 06.18.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rico’s nonvoting member of Congress said Monday he’d take his fight for statehood to the United Nations if the Barack Obama administration ...

Alleged Lowering Of American Flag Sparks Fury

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.31.2013 | Latino Voices

Statehood supporters planted a series of miniature American flags along a stretch of grass leading up to the Mayor’s House in San Juan, Puerto Rico,...

Up Or Down Vote

AP | DANICA COTO | Posted 05.15.2013 | Latino Voices

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's representative in Congress is seeking an unprecedented yes-or-no vote on whether the island should become the 5...

Puerto Rican Statehood Legislation Unveiled

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 05.15.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi’s legislation to outline a path to statehood is already sparking a backlash. The “Puert...

Puerto Rico's Statehood Party Takes Aim At Congress

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.30.2013 | Latino Voices

The leadership of Puerto Rico’s New Progressive Party voted unanimously on Monday to submit legislation to the U.S. Congress aimed at making the isl...

High School Student Refuses To Stand For Pledge Of Allegiance

Posted 04.23.2013 | Latino Voices

Enidris Siurano Rodríguez may only be in 10th grade, but she knows if she wants to make a change, she has to stand… or in this case, sit for it. ...

Puerto Rico Statehood Legislation Is Coming

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 04.18.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rico’s New Progressive Party may not wait for another referendum before pushing forward with its bid to make the island the 51st state. T...

Puerto Rican Gov. Responds To White House Move On Island's Status

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.15.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rico isn’t holding a Constitutional Assembly to decide whether the island’s residents want to become the 51st state. Yet. Puerto Ri...

White House Finally Takes A Position On Puerto Rican Statehood

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 04.18.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rico may be getting another status vote. The White House budget submitted to Congress Wednesday includes a $2.5 million appropriation f...

Friday Talking Points -- Happy Sestercentennial Column!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The sequester was set in stone for the next six months, so America is now going to learn what "budget cutting" really means.

Ryan J. Reilly

Supreme Court Justices Talk Potential Puerto Rico-Born U.S. President

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer seemed to indicate Thursday they'd consider a U.S. citizen born in Puerto Rico...

'Daily Show' Confronts Statehood Supporters

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.08.2013 | Latino Voices

Al Madrigal's got a question for Puerto Rican statehood supporters: what do you want with this mess? "The Daily Show" correspondent visited a prot...

Puerto Rico: The 51st State?

AP | Posted 02.19.2013 | World

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's pro-statehood party is organizing marches to demand that the U.S. government honor the results of a referendum ...