Examining Puerto Rico’s political status options

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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.

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