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(Some) Puerto Ricans vote for US statehood
« on: June 13, 2017, 09:56:55 PM »
From CNN
(Some) Puerto Ricans vote for US statehood
Ninety-seven percent of the votes favored statehood but voter participation was just 23% after opposition parties called for a boycott of what they called a "rigged" process in part over the ballot language.

Congress, the only body that can approve new states, will ultimately decide whether the status of the US commonwealth changes.

"It will be up to this new generation of Puerto Ricans to demand and claim in Washington the end of the current improper colonial relationship, and begin a transition process to fully incorporate Puerto Rico as the next state of the Union," Governor Ricardo Rosselló of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party said in a statement Sunday.

For Puerto Rico to become a US state, Congress would need to pass a statute laying out the transition process. If Congress does not pass a statute, Puerto Rico's status will remain as it is.

Everything you need to know about Puerto Rico's possible statehood
What exactly is Puerto Rico to the United States?

Puerto Rico is officially a US Commonwealth. The island came under US control in 1898 after the Spanish-American War, but it wasn't until 1952 that Puerto Rico and the United States officially approved a federal law making it a commonwealth.
As residents of a US commonwealth, Puerto Ricans:
-- Have their own constitution
-- Have their own governor
-- Only pay federal income tax on work done within the United States
-- Pay into Social Security and have access to Medicare and Medicaid, but not some other government programs
-- Do not have a vote in the US Congress
-- Can vote in presidential primary elections, but not in presidential elections
-- Are natural-born US citizens
It is also worth a note that there are a million more Puerto Ricans who live in the mainland United States than live in Puerto Rico.

The flags of the U.S. and Puerto Rico fly outside the Capitol building in San Juan, Puerto Rico May 4, 2017. Reuters/ Alvin Baez