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Christopher Minster

Puerto Ricans Vote for Statehood

By November 10, 2012

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While many people were watching the US elections to see if Barack Obama or Mitt Romney would win or to see if marijuana would be legalized in some states, a big vote in Puerto Rico took place. Puerto Ricans have struggled over the idea of statehood in the USA for decades now: some approve, some prefer independence and a fair number has always chosen the status quo. Things have changed now, and in a non-binding referendum on election day, for the first time a majority of Puerto Ricans declared themselves in favor of statehood. Now it's up the US Congress to extend an official offer. Hopefully, people will see past voter politics (would Puerto Rico be a red or blue state?) or trivial things like adding an extra star to the flag (it's been done many times before) and realize that thousands of industrious Puerto Ricans are already living in the USA, working hard at the American Dream. I, for one, say welcome!

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