Hillary Promises to Help Puerto Ricans Decide on Statehood or Independence
Hillary Clinton today promised Puerto Ricans she would "would vigorously advance plans that would enable Puerto Rico to decide if it wants to remain a commonwealth or become a U.S. state or an independent nation."
Puerto Rico has been a commonwealth since 1952. Its residents are almost equally divided on whether it should change its status:
Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but cannot vote for president, and their representation in Congress is restricted to a single nonvoting member. National party conventions provide islanders a rare chance to have a direct say in Washington.
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