The “enhanced commonwealth” idea has been completely debunked by now. The Department of Justice warned Puerto Rico not to deceive voters into thinking that Free Association is a version of “enhanced commonwealth” and insisted that it be made clear that the status quo is a territorial relationship.
The Supreme Court confirmed last year that Puerto Rico’s current position is that of a territory — a “mere territory” as the governor at the time put it.Enhanced commonwealth is a fantasy. The U.S. has refused it over and over. Click To Tweet
But the “commonwealth” party won’t give up the myth. Knowing that they cannot win the vote on June 11, they’re promoting a boycott of the plebiscite.
Statehood supporters have responded with a video ad pointing out the consequences of clutching the idea of “enhanced commonwealth” in the face of so much evidence that it is a myth.
Puerto Rico’s economic position is worse than that of any of the 50 states. Healthcare, education, and the daily quality of life are endangered by resistance to change.
One action that many Puerto Ricans are taking is to leave Puerto Rico. There are now far more Puerto Ricans living in the States than on the Island. Families are being divided. If Puerto Rico remains a territory, her people will continue to flock to the States. Many feel that they have no choice.
If Puerto Rico becomes an independent nation, with or without Free Association, her people will probably not continue to be U.S. citizens. Certainly, people born in the Republic of Puerto Rico will not be the citizens of the United States. They may or may not be able to travel freely in the United States. It depends on how the agreement between the U.S. and Puerto Rico is negotiated.
When Puerto Rico is a state, families will be able to travel from Florida to Puerto Rico, from Puerto Rico to New York, just as all Americans can travel freely from one state to another. Statehood will mean a guarantee of U.S. citizenship and the same freedom to travel that we have now.
If you live in Puerto Rico, be sure to vote on June 11. Don’t leave the decision in someone else’s hands.
If you live in the states, be sure to tell your congressional representatives that you care about Puerto Rico and want action on Puerto Rico statehood.