Puerto Ricans are American citizens, without all the benefits of folks from the mainland. The island recently voted in favor of lobbying the U.S. government for statehood, though less than a third of the population cast ballots.
The U.S. territory faces a crushing debt, one that would be easier to resolve if it was a state. So why the low turnout? And should America treat Puerto Rico like a state, or a colony?
Julio Ricardo Varela, Co-host, “In The Thick”; contributor, Latino USA
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, Associate counsel, Latino Justice PRLDEF; president, National Lawyers Guild
Charles Venator-Santiago, Associate professor, Department of Political Science; University of Connecticut
Rafael Cox Alomar, Assistant professor of law, University of the District of Columbia
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