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  • Should seek statehood

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  • It should be a state

    Puerto Rico is a struggling country. We need to help them. They are very poor and might become bankrupt. The would be a good addition to our country as the 51st state. Puerto Rico should become a state in the united state of america. They really really really really should.

  • This can be beneficial.

    Puerto Rico has been a part of America for more than 100 years. Becoming a state would allow them to benefit from an extra $20 billion a year in federal funds. Which will help pay the rest of the America back, what it lent to Puerto Rico. It may be time for a change.

  • Benefits are very common

    What will it hurt? They have similar assistance as us living in the states. They are almost a state without the title and it would be the smarter decision. Only those who despise the US want independence and the ones who are in between are just money hungry. 51 states

  • They have taxation without representation

    More than 3 million Americans live in Puerto Rico. That is more than 22 state populations, but they have no voice in government. More people voted for statehood than any other option, even if you count blank votes as votes for being a territory. When America took Puerto Rico from Spain it took the responsibility to let the people be independent or a state, if they want to be a state more than anything else, we should let them. They are Americans too.

  • They have taxation without representation

    More than 3 million Americans live in Puerto Rico. That is more than 22 state populations, but they have no voice in government. More people voted for statehood than any other option, even if you count blank votes as votes for being a territory. When America took Puerto Rico from Spain it took the responsibility to let the people be independent or a state, if they want to be a state more than anything else, we should let them. They are Americans too.

  • We are wards of the United States.

    Let's stand as equals or not at all. While it may be true that some children never become self sufficient, most do. It's time we are at parity with the states. If they wont have us, then independence is the only alternative. We should no longer be wards of the United States.

  • Why not?

    Yes, Puerto Rico should become a state. That way it can be a truly equal member of our country with true government representation. It has a larger population and size than several states already, and its citizens are American citizens, so why not? The only reason why many people think it shouldn't is it would force a change of flag and the nice round number of 50.

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  • Puerto Rico is poor and owes a lot of debt to the United States. Also the taxes will go up.

    Since Puerto Rico is in a lot of debt, its situation will get worse if it became a state because it will acquire more debt. Also the issue with taxes is that businesses who go there, only go there because they get tax cuts from the Federal Government. If Puerto Rico became a state, all the American businesses would leave because their taxes will go up and Puerto Rico's economy will collapse.

  • Puerto Rico is too poor and doesn't want to become a state.

    1. Only 66% wanted to become a state, but since the questions were worded weird, that percentage is not accurate.
    2. The US would have to spend so much $ on Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico would not have a dramatic economy increase because of the lack of jobs there.

  • Puerto Rico Should Not Seek American Statehood

    Puerto Rico should not seek American statehood because only about 46% of Puerto Ricans support the action. Additionally, Puerto Rican voters voted to get rid of a politician from office who was a proponent of statehood. Many Puerto Ricans who do support statehood have already moved to the United States, so it's just not necessary for Puerto Rico to seek American statehood.

  • No allegiance to US

    Most Puerto Ricans have no allegiance to the US. Most of them that want statehood want it because of fear of their own insecurities of being a sovereign nation. Most of them don't know English and don't care to learn. They need to grow up and take responsibility of their future. To the soldiers that have served this country, I thank them.

  • No, never the same and there is nothing wrong with being different and having different expectations.

    Absolutely no, it needs to be on its own sovereign path asap, and the US needs to charter its own course with the main land, Alaska, and the Hawaiian islands, no more territorial adventures all in the hope of spreading wealth, at least our version of well being. They need to find that on their own, they need to find out who they are and what they want to be guided by, it is better for PR to find this on its own and not through someone else, so that if things don't go as predicted they have no other than their own to blame.

  • Stick with the status quo until a majority is reached!

    Puerto Ricans should not seek statehood when almost half if not more of the population is in favor of the current political status, free associated state or independence, all entailing some form of sovereignty. As a state, P.R. Will be in constant civil war. This is not right. Puerto Ricans have a distinct culture and inalienable rights like all citizens of this world. Puerto Ricans who want statehood should respect those that wish P.R. To maintain some form of sovereignty.

  • Puerto Rico does not want statehood

    Puerto Rico does not want statehood. They have voted against it three times in the past 45 years.

    1. Puerto Ricans are concerned they will lose their Spanish heritage and culture if they become a state. They would not be recognized as an individual nation in the Olympic Games nor have a representative in their Miss Universe Pageant, which they have won three times.

    2. English is mandatory in Puerto Rico’s public schools, but it is taught as a foreign language. Students rarely receive more than 50 minutes of English instruction per day. Fewer than 20 percent of Puerto Ricans can speak English fluently.


    3. If it becomes a state, Puerto Ricans will no longer be exempt from Federal income tax and even more people will be forced on to the public dole because of the effects of increased taxation on a struggling economy.


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