Como dice el congresista John Mica, un voto por el “NO” no será visto por el Congreso como un voto contra Estados Unidos, sinó como un rechazo a la desigualdad que vivimos bajo el actual estatus territorial.
The people of Puerto Rico have been great contributors to our nation since becoming an unincorporated U.S. territory in 1898. However, the question of Puerto Rico’s ultimate political status remains unresolved after 114 years.
On November 6th, Puerto Rico will take a historic step by holding a local plebiscite on the status question to provide a fair and transparent process of self-determination for the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico’s 3.7 million voters will take an important vote in resolving the most significant issue of the territory’s future.
Voters will be asked whether they support the continuation of the Island’s current, temporary status as a U.S. territory, or whether they prefer one of three permanent options: statehood, independence or sovereign free association. A ‘no’ vote against the current territory status in the first question will not be seen by Congress as a vote against the United States, but as a rejection of the unequal treatment that the U.S. citizens living in Puerto Rico are subjected to under the current territorial status.
It is important that this process of self-determination by the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico be conducted and resolved. It is also important that Congress recognize the decision made by the people of Puerto Rico in this referendum.
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