Examining Puerto Rico’s political status options
For years Puerto Ricans have been debating the question of their political status.
The island has been linked to the United States for 115 years and has been a Commonwealth since 1952. It means they handle their local affairs but follow U-S federal laws.
The debate is over three options. Should Puerto Rico remain a Commonwealth? Should it become a U-S state? Should they fight for independence?
Each option poses some challenges.
Last year’s non-binding referendum found that 54 percent favored changing Puerto Rico’s current status as a Commonwealth. That referendum wasn’t specific enough and was later thrown out. The debate is likely to continue as Puerto Rico faces other challenges.
The island is dealing with a challenging economy which includes a 13.9% unemployment rate.