At the end of the Spanish American war in 1898, the US acquired Puerto Rico from Spain and it’s been a US territory ever since. The people are considered natural-born citizens. After several failed attempts, the Puerto Rican people overwhelmingly passed a resolution to seek statehood, mostly because the island is facing a huge financial problem. Even though Congress has yet to even recognize their vote for statehood, Puerto Rico is sending delegates to lobby Congress for statehood.
Congress has not formally recognized Puerto Rico’s vote for statehood, but that isn’t stopping the territory’s political leaders from gearing up for a Capitol Hill clash with plans to dispatch representatives to Washington.
Gov. Ricardo Rosselló on Monday began naming those representatives – a list that eventually will include two senators and five congressmen – with the intent of seating them in Congress.
The move stems from a law he signed on June 5 known as the “Equality Plan,” which calls for Puerto Rico to send representatives to Congress. The candidates would need approval from Puerto Rico’s legislature and would have to be bilingual residents of the island as well as U.S. citizens…
Democrats will push for statehood since most of the people on the island vote for Democrats, giving them more seats in the House and Senate. However, one of the requirements for statehood is that they have the financial resources to support their own state government and their share of the federal government, and at the moment, Puerto Rico falls way short of meeting those requirements.