Statehood for Puerto Rico
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At the present the Puerto Rican electorate, which, in a recent democratic referendum held on June 11, 2017, voted overwhelmingly in support of statehood for Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico is considered an unincorporated territory of the United States, where the American Citizens have US passport and Social Security. Their benefits lack equality as compared to the other states of the American nation. Puerto Rican soldiers have fought in every major U.S. military conflict. The veterans of Puerto Rico are very proud of their past performance; 18,000 served in the First War, 65,000 the Second War, 23 died in action, 61,000 during Korean War, 371 died in action, 48,000 Vietnam War, out of which 342 died in action and 3,000 we're wounded. Puerto Rico's monetary unit is the United States Dollar(USD)as it is a Commonwealth Country of the United States of America. The U.S citizen, Puerto Rican could not vote for President or elect voting senators or representatives U.S.Congress election, but get to help nominate the presidential candidate. We have a Congressman of the United States that has no authority to vote over issues in relations with Puerto Rico independently. If this would benefit or affect Our Island.
Currently, Puerto Rico meets all the requirements to be admitted as a state of the great American Nation. It has 3.5 million people and a Constitution approved by Congress which meets all the parameters of the federal Constitution and can be ratified as the Constitution of the State. In terms of territorial organization and governance structure it surpasses all the previous territories, including Alaska and Hawaii, at the time they were admitted as states. However, Puerto Rico is still a territory, 119 years after its acquisition by the United States. "The territory status was never proposed to be permanent, neither historically nor constitutionally. It was intended to be a temporary, transitory condition focused on statehood. Consequently, the status of Puerto Rico is inferior, the territory is not even incorporated, is even more temporary and conditional while being a transition to nothing."
The territory condition allows the discrimination against the American residents in Puerto Rico, clearly established in the decision from the Federal Supreme Court in the case of Harris v. Rosario 446 U.S. 651, 651–52. (1980) "Congress is empowered by the territorial clause of the Constitution, article lV, 3, cl. 2 to establish all the necessary rules and regulations related to the present territories that belong to the United States. A territory, under the Constitution and the laws of the United States, is merely a piece of land that belongs to the United States and upon which Congress can dispose it in any way or time. It is neither a state nor a country. A territory has neither the rights of a state, nor the powers of a nation, nor sovereignty. It is only a possession of the United States. This is a relationship which does not fit within the modern government model. It neither represents democracy nor American freedom.
For the aforementioned, we request that the will of the American citizens of Puerto Rico be respected through the democratic process of voting in favor of Puerto Rico becoming the 51st State of the American nation.
Those who sign this petition do so freely and voluntarily. No one is being pressured or offered anything in return for his/her signature
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