FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2021
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Inauguration of President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris Presents Unique Opportunity for Puerto Rico Statehood

Washington, D.C. – Today, Joseph R. Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States and Kamala D. Harris was inaugurated as the first female Vice President in our nation’s history. The Puerto Rico Statehood Council released the following statement celebrating their inauguration, and the unique opportunity it presents for Puerto Rico statehood.

“President Joe Biden understands unequivocally that statehood is the ‘most effective means of ensuring that residents of Puerto Rico are treated equally’ under the law,” said George Laws García, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Statehood Council. “President Biden has previously stated that Puerto Ricans must fight hard for equality, and those on the island have – holding vote after vote affirming their support for statehood.”

“In the past week, over 200 members of the Puerto Rico National Guard joined their fellow service members to protect the U.S. Capitol, where they have no representation in the Senate and one non-voting member in the House of Representatives. Today, they stood guard to protect the incoming President and Vice President of the United States, who they could not vote for. It is time to end the second-class citizen status of Puerto Ricans, and President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have the opportunity to do the right thing by joining us in fighting for Puerto Rico statehood and true equality for the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico,” concluded Laws García.

Background

As Vice President, Joe Biden said in 2012 that Puerto Rico needed to fight hard for statehood: “I have always found Puerto Rico’s current political status as something very bizarre. My word of advice to you, and all Puerto Ricans, is that you continue to fight hard until you reach your goal of equality, and we shall act.”

During the 2020 campaign, then Presidential candidate Joe Biden stated: “I happen to believe that statehood would be the most effective means of ensuring that residents of Puerto Rico are treated equally, with the same representation at the federal level. But the people of Puerto Rico must decide, and the United States federal government must respect their decision and act on it.”

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The Puerto Rico Statehood Council is a Washington, D.C. based, non-partisan, 501(c)4 non-profit issue advocacy organization. We are dedicated to advancing the goal of equality for the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico through statehood. To learn more please visit our website at: www.PR51st.com.