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Should Puerto Rico Become America’s 51st State?

by Bradley Matthews

Puerto Rico recently held a non-binding statehood referendum. 97% of Puerto Ricans want to join the US and go from being our territory to being the 51st state. Should Congress let Puerto Rico become a state? Vote in our CBC reader poll!

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Should Puerto Rico become America's 51st state?

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  1. Fran Tatsch

    I agree with Elaine!

    June 14, 2017,4:38 pm

  2. Elaine

    No. We do enough already for this unstable country. We would create another money pit.

    June 14, 2017,4:18 pm

  3. Sue

    Puerto Rico is a non-sustainable governmental entity. But, that is not the reason not to accept it as a US state. It lacks common values, a common language, and the common interests of the US.

    June 14, 2017,4:10 pm


    They have no money, lazy people and we will wind up supporting them

    June 14, 2017,4:02 pm

  5. Janet

    The United States of America has nothing to gain by allowing Puerto Rico to become a state. They will be a millstone around the necks of taxpayers and will bring little, if anything, to the benefit of our great Country.

    June 13, 2017,8:38 pm

  6. Charles R Cozzens

    Not enough people voted in this last election. At least 51% of the elgible voting people need to vote with at least 51% of the people voting in for statehood. Congress can then decide. Better yet, they may want to be independent nation with a more representative voting results.

    June 13, 2017,8:21 pm

  7. Isaac Lausell

    Puerto Ricans deserve to get from under colonial rule and they have chosen statehood to do so. Puerto Rico has paid their dues to be part of this nation in blood in the battlefield. As a testimony of it most Puerto Rican males from the times when the draft was in place have served in the military and have been in combat. Puerto Rico’s financial debacle stems from its colonial status. With the Jones Act the US formed a monopoly that only allows American ships to deliver goods in the island. This is why cars can cost up to 40% more in the island. Despite the odds thanks to a federal incentive PR managed to thrive and become a pharmaceutical emporium until a Republican congress eliminated the incentive. The last remaining incentive was eliminated in 2006 causing many pharmaceutical companies to close down and or move operations to China. Since Puerto Rico is in fact a colony citizens do not have the tools to seek aid from congress to fight corruption from the US and from Puerto Rican officials when it occurs. If the US Congress chooses not to give PR statehood then they should grant it independence and pay reparations for:
    1. Stealing it from Spain
    2. Testing weapons that resulted in the illness of Puerto Ricans including live ammunition and chemical weapons such as agent orange
    3. Attempting mass sterilization of Puerto Rican women
    4. Using children for scientific experiments under the false premise of providing medical attention
    5. For drafting into military service and war all able Puerto Rican men during the draft period so exceeding the allotted percentage of effectives to be provided by each territory/state.
    6. For the military dictatorship established between 1898 until 1948 when Puerto Ricans were first allowed to vote.
    7. Devaluating Puerto Rican currency during the end of the 19th century to 40% leaving many in poverty.
    8. Acts of terrorism by American military forces in Puerto Rican soil such as the Ponce Massacre in 1937 by U.S.-appointed Governor of Puerto Rico major general Blanton Winship

    June 13, 2017,5:16 pm

  8. Bruce Grove

    Hell no we don’t need another mouth at the hog trough…

    June 13, 2017,5:13 pm

  9. Richard

    They are broke

    June 13, 2017,5:04 pm

  10. TheConservativePatriot

    And another thing why Puerto Rico shouldn’t be allowed U.S. statehood.
    Recently, NYC held it’s annual Puerto Rico Day parade. Who was chosen their honored guest to lead the parade? None other than Oscar Lopez Rivera, a convicted domestic terrorist and self proclaimed communist who was responsible for over 120 terrorist bombings in the U.S. Convicted for use of force to commit robbery, interstate transportation of firearms, and conspiracy to transport explosives with intent to destroy government property. López Rivera admitted committing every act with which he was charged.
    López Rivera joined the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriqueña (FALN), a Marxist-Leninist organization which in the 1970s fought to make Puerto Rico an independent communist nation.
    Who got is 70 year sentence commuted by none other than America hating president Barack Hussein O. Aka president Zero.
    Gee, is that the type we want to join the United States?
    And we wonder why the radical alt left support Islamic terrorists and Sharia Law over United States Constitutional Law.
    And they continue to play the role of the innocent, bewildered victims who cannot comprehend why they lost the election, unless is was because of the Russians.
    A political party who spent decades worshiping the former Russian communist Soviet Union as the perfect model of a socialist Utopian life.
    Screw that !

    June 13, 2017,10:11 am

  11. TheConservativePatriot

    Decades upon decades Puerto Rico has consistently voted for leftist liberal leadership. And why they have always had a failed local government, failed economy, failed education system, failed everything. If one wants to see what America would be like if we continued to allow illegal aliens to flow at will into America, one need look no further than Puerto Rico. If you go to a fancy hotel there you just see the surface, not the real Puerto Rico. Go into the interior. Away from the coast line. There you find filth, garbage and sewage in the streets. Try and use a public restroom… and you cannot find running water, soap and paper towels all in one place. Cock roaches the size of mice. Rats the size of house pets. And violent crime. Sure crime is on the streets of Detroit, Chicago, central L.A., etc. But at least here, I have a better than 50% chance that while being mugged and robbed, I was done so in the English language.
    It is a sad state of affairs the liberal loony radical alt-left wants America to also be a third world hell hole just like Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Nicaragua, or Cuba.
    Thank God we elected a president like Donald Trump who recognizes the greatness of America and not another radical leftist who despises America.

    June 13, 2017,9:18 am

  12. JL Brown Jr

    Let them pay 9ff the debit first

    June 12, 2017,10:53 pm

  13. Cookie

    All they want is a free ride from the United States !! I vote NO !!

    June 12, 2017,10:48 pm

  14. Ines

    Yes Puerto Rico should be a state. I would say 90% of their money comes back to the USA because 90% of the businesses are American owned. Stores like Macy’s , Sears, JC Penney, make more money in PR than the ones in the USA. More than 50% of the population is bilingual compared to the USA that is mostly foreing language Illiterate. The Governor of PR is fluent in English. Sad the same thing cannot be said about the president of the USA that has a fourth grade level knowledge of English. True that Puerto Rico favors the Democrat Party. That shows how intelligent they are. If they would have been able to vote in the USA presidential election they would have ended with a Democrat president. True Puerto Rico don’t pay federal taxes but everything bought there comes from the USA with a much higher price. A car will cost about 30% more there. That goes for federal taxes. And is not True Puerto Rico doesn’t like the USA, because most people do. Whose fault is it that Puerto Rico is going through a bankruptcy??? Both Puerto Rico and USA fault. Too complicated to explain.

    June 12, 2017,10:47 pm

  15. Ines

    I wrote a comment and it wasn’t posted?

    June 12, 2017,10:22 pm

  16. Donald Reed

    They want in so the Fed Gov. will bring back the economy plus we don’t need more Spanish speaking people in USA! Get English first them maybe worth considering if they have saved their own economics.

    June 12, 2017,9:30 pm

  17. Dave Clara Ann Durbin

    we lived there for 2 years at Ramey Air Force . Base this would be a . Big Mistake. most will not work

    June 12, 2017,9:08 pm

  18. Dennis Bradbury

    It would mean thousands more on welfare. No.

    June 12, 2017,8:55 pm

  19. Malcolm E Thornton

    Rosello is demented! What makes him think we would want to take on Puerto Rico and their debt obligations at this point. After 40-50 years of “government” in which the people elected were either corrupt or couldn’t balance a budget, why would Americans even think of letting them in the Union? I mean, what part of elementary addition and subtraction don’t Puerto Ricans understand when it comes to the preparation of a balanced budget. Oh, I get it, now. They don’t want them to balance! Duh! I mean, what part of a simple interest problem, i.e., the selling of bonds, don’t they understand? Oh! I get it now. They don’t get that part about paying back bondholders. Puerto Ricans! Have the courage of your intellectual opinions, go your Independentista way, learn to live, under “reduced circumstances,” like they do in Nicaragua and Venezuela, and plague us no more!

    June 12, 2017,8:16 pm

  20. Dean Braun

    Only 23% of eligible voters went to the polls which tell me at 77% don’t really care. So neither do I. I voted NO!!

    June 12, 2017,7:45 pm

  21. Nashoba ILabano

    No! They would just be more on welfare and benefits! WE can’t afford them!

    June 12, 2017,7:02 pm

  22. Otis

    NOT till they get their financial act together!!! Why should US taxpayers have to bail them out???

    June 12, 2017,6:59 pm

  23. Jonathan

    Why should Real Conservatives that believe in protecting The Constitution , our country and all laws; want to bring another Democrat/Leftist Bankrupt state into this Country. Also there are more forged ID’s from That country. And amazing amount of Heroin , crack coming from that corrupt “bankrupt ” Democrat controlled State. Give them there independence!

    June 12, 2017,6:39 pm

  24. TheConservativePatriot

    First off, 97% of Puerto-Ricans didn’t vote to become a state.
    How can it be 97% when only 23% of eligible voters voted at all.
    Perhaps it should read as such.
    97% of less than one quarter of voters in Puerto Rico voted to become a state.
    The other three quarters plus, didn’t even bother to vote.
    Another reason to not allow their statehood is they are billions deeply in debt to us and are defaulting on those loans.
    I suspect they believe debt forgiveness will come with statehood. And that’s why those that voted for statehood did so.
    Another reason to not allow statehood is, they would likely stipulate a clause in (like Hawaii did with it’s statehood).
    That unless you were born on the island to native Hawaiians, you cannot privately purchase land there.
    Therefore, if the rights of lawful U.S. citizens to reside on Puerto Rico is refused, then their statehood should also be refused.

    June 12, 2017,6:36 pm

  25. Makayla Thomas

    NO! We don’t need another bankrupt state. We can’t afford to care for what we have.

    June 12, 2017,6:21 pm

  26. Karen

    NO! Just what we’d need, more “foreigners” here.

    June 12, 2017,6:19 pm

  27. Joseph Merkler

    It is a financially destitute island, that has no economic future to offer America. It is another attempt by the democrat party to buy the votes of an island of people who will need to go on welfare immediately. No Thanks

    June 12, 2017,6:13 pm

  28. Bill

    They are already citizens of the United States. The population is larger than many of the existing states, but they are not represented in Congress. A clear taxation without representation situation.

    Of course it should be allowed to be a state.

    June 12, 2017,5:57 pm

  29. David

    Just what the American taxpayer needs: another few million freeloaders and democrat voters. No to PR statehood, yes to totally independent PR.

    June 12, 2017,5:56 pm

  30. Marcia Walden

    Forget it. We already have too many takers in America, and not enough workers. They are drowning in debt, forfeited on their bonds, and are looking for Easy Street, USA. We already have Ca. and Illinois being broke, we don’t need Puerto Rico tool Knowing they would all vote Dems for the giveaway programs.

    June 12, 2017,5:39 pm

  31. marlies

    They only want to be a state now due to they are broke, getting hungry and can’t fins away out. Well, tough, you were asked to be a state years ago and you said no, now you butts are in a bind and you want us to help you. You knew whem you worked here in the states that you would only receive half your SS and it doesn’t pay the bills, your a common wealth, what happened to that?

    June 12, 2017,5:32 pm

  32. Martin

    NO! The USA has enough “loser” states!

    June 12, 2017,5:09 pm

  33. Lisa Rogers

    The American taxpayers are already paying for 40,000+ illegal aliens in our country. They are bankrupt just as CA is and now Puerto Rico wants the American working class to pay their debt. Last I knew, USA is already 20 trillion in debt

    June 12, 2017,4:59 pm

  34. John Beach

    Their independence should be negotiated to our mutual benefit.

    June 12, 2017,4:58 pm

  35. Wanda Morgan

    NO BLASTED WAY. They’re leaches and we have more of them than we need already!
    Congress better be asking WE THE PEOPLE of the 50 states what we think before they act!!!! Remember last election dems.

    June 12, 2017,4:52 pm

  36. Dan Keller

    We already have one state that requires vast financial assistance(California) and do not need another. If the referendum passed with 97% of the vote, Liberal Democrats must have done the counting. Just what we need another state where 75% of the population cannot speak english !!!

    June 12, 2017,4:52 pm

  37. Judy Ingram

    The only reason they want to become a state now is because they have a Democrat for a governor and are bankrupt because as all Democrat run states they are out spending their income ratio. They expect the U.S. now to bail them out from here on in as what happened just recently. They have a lot to prove to the United States Citizen that they can abide by rules and regs and keeping their budget in line…not out of line as it currently is. As stated, we just bailed them out and for what so they can get more our tax dollars they do definitely don’t offset whatsoever. I SAY HELL NO TO STATEHOOD FOR PUERTO RICO!!

    June 12, 2017,4:51 pm

  38. James Johnson


    June 12, 2017,4:48 pm

  39. Jackalyn Morrison

    ABSOLUTELY NOT !!! We have enough free loaders here we sure don’t need to take on any more!!! They don’t like us anyway

    June 12, 2017,4:47 pm

  40. Thomas Kariotis

    We have enough Welfare people now.

    June 12, 2017,4:44 pm

  41. Bruce Walters

    I have never met a person from Puerto Rico that was anything but weird. A mixture of Spanish and Black, they are not a very trustworthy race.

    June 12, 2017,4:42 pm

  42. Doss Wallace

    Puerto Ricans do not like the United States. Upon visiting there a couple of times on business I find that they are not fond of Americans, but sure welcome our financial aid with their palms open. I think it will more of a burden on America than it presently is if we make them a state.

    June 12, 2017,4:38 pm

  43. Scott Walker

    Get their financial shit together first. It Looks like they are wanting to be bailed out and getting a piece of our money. English speaking only also!

    June 12, 2017,4:37 pm

  44. mary ann

    No, no, no, no. No more freeloaders!!!

    June 12, 2017,4:37 pm

  45. James

    They only want America for financial support

    June 12, 2017,4:36 pm

  46. Fergus O'Reilly

    They should be a state if that is what they want, BUT ONLY IF we also adopt a constitutional amendment making English the ONLY language used in official actions and documents.

    June 12, 2017,4:32 pm

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