ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Should Puerto Rico Be the U.S. 51st State?

Updated on November 4, 2012

It seems every so often, Puerto Ricans vote on whether this wonderful place should be America's 51st state. The island has around four million of mostly Spanish descent and since 1917, it has been part of America's territories, like Guam. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens and they control their own local governments, much like a state does but the final approval or not is voted on in the U.S. Congress. Going there is much like anywhere in the USA, it looks American but feels Spanish, its a great mix. English is all over but so is Spanish-much like the US border states along Mexico.

So, the odd thing is that although they are U.S. citizens, they are not allowed to vote in U.S. Presidential elections. Does anyone know why? Makes no sense. Puerto Ricans are a proud and independent people, however, the economy is $68 billion in debt with an unemployment of 13%. Another oddity- Puerto Ricans CAN vote in the U.S. Presidential elections if they leave the island and move to the mainland. Was this the case with Hawaii before 1959?

The governor of Puerto Rico and his party are in favor of being the 51st state, the opposition party simply wants it to remain a territory. Neither party wants to break away and become their own country.

The only real benefits of becoming a state is beings able vote in national elections, having senators from the island in Washington and having to pay federal income taxes each year, which they are exempt of now. Of course, the island would get access to other governmental programs and help, but other than that, not much else. But to many residents there, they already feel or consider themselves American and not having to pay annual taxes to the US government is a good reason to remain as a "territory". Duh!

Should Puerto Rico be the 51st State?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • IslandBites profile image

      IslandBites 

      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      That depends on what the majority of the people vote in the future (if an official process ever begins), and ultimately on what the US Congress wants. I would not vote for statehood if that's the question.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      5 years ago

      So, should it become a state?

    • IslandBites profile image

      IslandBites 

      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Puerto Rico has been a territory of US since 1898 (Spanish-American War). Citizenship was granted in 1917 (Jones Act). Puerto Rico is a territory not a state. The U.S. Constitution requires a voter to be resident in one of the 50 states or in the District of Columbia to vote in federal elections.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)