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View Poll Results: Puerto Rico's Status.
Statehood 50 58.14%
Status Quo. 9 10.47%
Independent Nation 27 31.40%
Voters: 86. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-07-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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Puerto Rico may be closer than ever in becoming the 51st state of the United States. Currently Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and Puerto Ricans are considered Americans. But now that the majority of Puerto Ricans want their land to become a state, Washington is paying attention. President Obama expressed support for the referendum and pledged to respect the will of the people in the event of a clear majority. With Obama's popularity among Latinos, Obama may get serious about it. However it would take an act of congress to officially make Puerto Rico the 51st state. It may not be as difficult as you think because Republicans realize they need latinos on their side and supporting this would be a good start. I guess we'll see what happens.

Puerto Rico votes for U.S. statehood in non-binding referendum - CBS News
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Default Puerto Rico voted to become a state yesterday in a non-binding referendum

Should we let them become a state? I know only Congress has a say in the matter, but what say you?
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:59 AM
 
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Here is the problem. Puerto Rico isn't big enough to sustain itself independently and while they would be able to vote (probably another Democrat leaning territory). I doubt the US would want to spend even more money on it. They just started tapping into it and getting money back.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Here is the problem. Puerto Rico isn't big enough to sustain itself independently and while they would be able to vote (probably another Democrat leaning territory). I doubt the US would want to spend even more money on it. They just started tapping into it and getting money back.
Be that as it may (and i think it would lean (D), but as far as hispanics go, they would be more toward the middle), these people have been American citizens and have been since 1917. Per capita, more have given their life for this country than any state or territory. They have earned the right, IMO, to decide to become a state after all the sacrifices they've made for our nation.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:08 AM
 
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How much money will it cost to bring the new state of Puerto Rico up to standards?
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I say cut 'em loose.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Piedmont, CA
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They have earned the right, IMO, to decide to become a state after all the sacrifices they've made for our nation.
Well that's nice but they definitely benefit from things as they are. First of all they have citizenship in, and unrestricted passage to the richest and most advanced nation in the world. That means access to employment and educational opportunities that BILLIONS around the world would kill to have.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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They wish to become citizens, i say let them.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:25 AM
 
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Independent Nation...always for breaking apart the american empire.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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let them be a state ....IF...that is what THEY WANT....dont force the issue...its their choice
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