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The nonbinding plebiscite in the island of 3.4 million people presents three options: statehood, independence or a continuation of its current status as a territory. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, a member of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party, has made the push for statehood a centerpiece of his administration since assuming office in January.
Sunday’s vote will be the fifth plebiscite since 1967 on the island’s status, an issue that has divided Puerto Ricans for decades.
Gaining full admission to the U.S., they argue, could help the island contend with a decadelong recession and a $73 billion mountain of debt. It would draw more investment, they say, and allow the island to tap federal funding that is more-restricted for territories.
originally posted by: TonyS
a reply to: seasonal
My Step Mom is from Puerto Rico. I have to wonder if they wouldn't do better to vote for independence. Then they could tap into the World Bank, they could ally with the BRICS for money and arms. They could set up Banks to operate as offshore Banks for wealthy US Politicans to launder their ill gotten gains. They could make deals with the Cartels to operate as both a money laundering center and as a way station for the drugs trade.
So many options for profit. But if they just become another State, they'll find themselves no better off than Illinois or Michigan AND they'll find themselves a convenient dumping ground for refugees. Before long, Puerto Rico would become Puerto Ricostan.
originally posted by: DBCowboy
originally posted by: Lab4Us
Maybe we can trade Kalifornistan for it?
If we do that, I won't have to get a new flag!