We recently had a comment on Facebook asking us to remove a post which the commenter felt raised false hopes for statehood.
We don’t believe that hopes for statehood are false.
The three options for Puerto Rico’s status are these:
- Continue as a territory of the United States, with no sovereignty, limited participation in the American democratic process, and no chance for equal rights with other U.S. citizens.
- Become an independent nation, an option which has never received even 6% of the vote in Puerto Rico.
- Become a state, with the rights and responsibilities of the 50 states.
The Department of Justice has said that “enhanced commonwealth” is impossible. Those who continue to claim that the current status can evolve into a special relationship — what Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-
Independence is a possibility under the U.S. constitution. But Puerto Rico doesn’t want independence, and there is so far no indication that the Congress will force independence on the people of Puerto Rico.
Statehood looks like the best option. The myth of enhanced commonwealth has been strong in Puerto Rico, but it has crumbled now, as all three branches of the federal government have made it clear that it is indeed a myth.
Read more about the history of statehood and “commonwealth.” Few territories reached statehood without controversy. Most of us have forgotten those controversies now.
We don’t believe that we’re raising false hopes. We think that statehood for Puerto Rico is nearer than ever. Please sign the petition. Please let your congressperson know that you support statehood for Puerto Rico.