Puerto Rico and the Promise of United States
... from the island seeking work on the mainland, and merchants involved in U.S.-Puerto
Rican trade, he had presented arguments to U.S. agencies, courts, and legislators. By
1926, his activities—especially his arguments before the Supreme Court in the disputes
on the topic that came to be known as the I ...
An Unsatisfactory Case of Self-Determination: Resolving Puerto
... admission to the citizens of Puerto Rico when and if they exercise their
right to self-determination by choosing to demand that status.”
—Luis R. Dávila-Colón 1
Puerto Rico’s status as a U.S. territory since 18982 has been a
subject of widespread debate for many years. Some have focused ...
Facts About Puerto Rico Statehood
... Puerto Rico Murder Rate (1996): 25.0 per 100,000.
Rank of Puerto Rico if included among states based on 1996 murder rates: 6th.
Employment Patterns in Puerto Rico
The government sector in Puerto Rico generates approximately 380,000 jobs, or 33% of total employment.
Percentage of the economy of Puert ...
Independence movement in Puerto Rico
The Independence Movement in Puerto Rico refers to initiatives by inhabitants throughout the history of Puerto Rico to obtain independence for the island people. First from the Spanish Empire, and since 1898, from the United States. A wide variety of groups, movements, political parties, and organizations have worked for Puerto Rican Independence over the centuries.A spectrum of autonomous, Nationalist, and Independence sentiments and political parties exist on the island. Since the beginning of the 19th century, organizations advocating independence in Puerto Rico have attempted both peaceful political means as well as violent revolutionary actions to achieve its objectives. During the second half of the 20th century, the independence movement has attracted neither widespread support nor support at elections from the Puerto Rican people. In a status referendum in 2012, 5.5% voted for independence while Statehood obtained over 61% of the votes cast. Independence also received the least support, less than 4.5% of the vote, in the status referendums in 1967, 1993 & 1998.