The question before us is simple: How many times should we be forced to vote before Congress and the White House take concrete action and grant us our right to equality as U.S. citizens? We are talking about the lives of more than 3.1 million residents in Puerto Rico. When is enough?
The stateside politicians closest to us are supportive. Although voters in Georgia are being warned that Democrats might try to make Puerto Rico a state if they win the Jan. 5 runoff, which could give the party two more Senate seats, both senators from the great state of Florida, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, have been outspoken proponents of admission. Both are also Republicans. Scott has been one of the most fervent advocates of equality for our U.S. citizens since he was governor of the Sunshine State. But this is not a partisan issue anyway. During the past few years, statehood for Puerto Rico has gathered unprecedented support from Congress members on both sides of the aisle. It has become commonplace to hear Republican and Democratic leaders talking, openly, about the need of statehood for Puerto Rico.
Moreover, every poll conducted in the United States in the past three years has shown overwhelming public support for statehood – averaging over 60% — and growing steadily.