Both economies grew substantially after being admitted to the union and became net contributors to the us treasury in a study by hexner, jenkins, lad and lame, puerto rican statehood: a precondition to sound economic growth, the case is persuasively made that statehood is necessary for the island's economic. Puerto rico's governor is pushing for the island to become the 51st state in the union edwin meléndez, director of the center for puerto rican studies at hunter college in new york, said becoming a state would lead to a massive transfer of money from washington to san juan while puerto ricans are. New york state social studies resource toolkit staging the question understand discuss the 2012 vote on puerto rico's statehood how did puerto rico become a united states territory what efforts has puerto rico made to obtain statehood or independence what are the arguments in favor of. With nearly four million people, puerto rico would be granted two senators and approximately six new representatives to the house if it becomes a state, according to a 2011 congressional research service report predicting the partisan breakdown is an inexact science, but many believe that most. In fact, some observers think the resounding victory of statehood might have actually hurt the long-term prospects of the legislative body finally allowing puerto rico fully into the union “to make a long story short, the prospects are between zero and negative-10 percent,” says carlos iván gorrín peralta. On sunday, june 11, puerto rico voted in a non-binding referendum to become the 51st us state of puerto ricans to demand and claim in washington the end of the current improper colonial relationship, and begin a transition process to fully incorporate puerto rico as the next state of the union. Partisan politics is far less predicated on doing the right thing at the right time than on doing the things that will help garner (and subsequently hold) political power it is important to understand this when republicans and conservatives ask what the pending admission to the union of the united states'. That year, puerto ricans became us citizens under the jones-shafroth act— this way the us could deploy them as troops during world war i (similar to how the emancipation proclamation legalized the union's use of black troops) the federal government believed that white people weren't suited to fight.
A referendum on the political status of puerto rico was held in puerto rico on november 6, 2012 it was the fourth referendum on status to be held in puerto rico and the first in which a majority voted for statehood puerto rico has been an unincorporated territory of the united states since the spanish–american war in. Marc-william palen is a research associate in us foreign policy at the us studies centre, university of sydney, and teaches us foreign relations history at tufts university san juan, the capital of but all this could change if puerto rico becomes the fifty-first state of the union whatever the outcome. But what exactly is the tennessee plan and how could it help puerto rico achieve statehood what is the tennessee plan the tennessee plan refers to the strategy that tennessee used in 1795 to gain membership into the union the territory of tennessee, then known as the southwest territory, was.
Listening to statehood supporters in puerto rico, vociferously defending in spanish an idealized version of admission to the union that seems firmly regarding puerto rico, all the recent and serious economic studies, including the latest from the government accountability office (gao), conclude that. An economically strong puerto rico is thus critical to the mainland united states but sustainable social and economic success hinges on something washington has long denied the island territory: statehood admission to the union has long been given lip service by both political parties, but short-term.
Political status of puerto rico: brief background and recent developments for congress congressional research service summary puerto rico lies approximately 1,000 miles southeast of miami and 1,500 miles from washington, dc despite being far outside the continental united states, the island. In a two-stage plebiscite—the island's fourth referendum regarding its relationship with the united states—54% of the electorate voted to change puerto rico's current status as a self-governing “commonwealth”, and 61% wanted the new form of government to be full american statehood it was the first time. As an advocates for statehood for puerto rico, i believe after the june 11th plebiscite , what ever result comes out, the president should express his idea on 51st state will guarantee that we remain a free people able to move and live in any state of the union of our choice i welcome clarification as i research further. There is no official process for a territory like puerto rico to become a state, but previous states have been added to the union by passing ordinary legislation when congress asked gov rosselló (a member of the pro-statehood political party) to hold their june election to see again what puerto ricans.
Puerto rico's voters have overwhelmingly chosen for the territory to become the 51st us state in a non-binding referendum, the island's governor said ricardo rossello said that voters have sent a strong and clear message to the us congress and the world however, a low turnout and a boycott by. Commonwealth within the united states, to become a state of the union, or to become an independent nation office (cbo) study the important consequences that any of the three status options could have for the referendum, voters in puerto rico would choose to become a state, to become an independent republic.
A full 97 percent of ballots cast were in favor of statehood, but turnout was very low in the nonbinding referendum, the fifth such vote in puerto rico of the pro- statehood new progressive party, said he planned to take the victory to washington and press congress to admit puerto rico to the union. Tuesday, for the first time in its history, more puerto ricans favored becoming a state than maintaining the island's status quo as a us commonwealth but put away the needle and thread for now — it'll likely be at least 2015 before america sews a 51st state onto its flag adding a state to the union is a.
That enabled the island to borrow more money at lower rates than its economic fundamentals could justify the island's dire financial condition—and resulting speculation as to whether a federal bailout may be forthcoming—has refocused attention on its status can puerto rico become the 51st state. The bruce payne study showed that the loss to puerto rico in 1958, if it had been a state that year, would have amounted to $514 million and that this sum would have been reduced to $18 million if certain long-range benefits of statehood— such as lifting of federal. On sunday, for the fourth time in history, puerto rico voted on whether or not it wanted to join the union as the 51st state in the united states of america though , like statehood votes in the past, this came with controversy as cnn reported, only 23 percent of eligible voters turned out to cast a ballot but, of.