San Juan, Mar 4 (Entravision) .- The leader of the opposition in Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi, said today that the poor financial situation of the island is a direct result of his particular political status and that it is time to annexing of once to EE.UU., therefore requested to Washington “a more active role” in order to achieve this.
“the time has come to give the steps to complete our union with the US All we need to support that is resolved the problem of our status and it is incumbent on the administration of the time decide if will be on the side of the story or to continue ignoring the democratic will of our people,” he said.
In a message released today by the New Progressive Party (NPP), Also the representative of Puerto Rico in Washington says that the “statehood”, as it is known in the island to the annexation to the US as a state more, “is closer than ever before” .
Puerto Rico has the status of Free Associated State of the U.S. , in a way that does not belong to that country, but the Puerto Rican people have us citizenship, are governed by their federal laws and Washington has control over matters such as foreign policy, defense or currency.
“While we are in an economic crisis that shows no sign of improving, we know that one of the main reasons why our economy is not improved by the problem of status,” says Pierluisi in reference to the recession From eight years ago punishes Puerto Rico.
recalled that recently, and for the first time in history, has been registered in the U.S. Senate a bill recognizing the outcome of the plebiscite of 2012, in which the majority of Puerto Ricans rejected the current status and advocated by the “statehood”, and it is proposed that Puerto Rico is integrated as a state more than USA.
Pierluisi said he had asked the White House “to take an active role” in this process and to promote the annexation, “the most logical way, fair and proper to proceed” .
“The current territorial status deprives Puerto Rico of a dignified status of democracy to which they aspire our people, as they Does not allow you to participate in the election of the president and the congress of the nation of which we are citizens,” recalls.
In addition, “nor gives equal treatment in the programs and federal initiatives that benefit our fellow citizens in the states” and “the lack of equal rights and opportunities limited Puerto Rico’s ability to grow its economy in a sustainable way,” he said.
Pierluisi also considered that the current status is also responsible for the Government of Puerto Rico has been ridden year after year trying to provide a quality of life as the one that is lived in the rest of the states in USA.
“Already that do not receive federal funds that we would receive if we were A state, try to equalize the fight with our own resources or with loans that we borrow excessively”, explained.
The message spreads Pierluisi precisely the same day by the fact that the governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, signed the law that authorizes a crucial bond issue with which will refinance outstanding credit lines of payment and will be based on the urgent need of liquidity on the island.
With a huge debt issued, which exceeds the 70,000 million dollars, and almost eight years of recession, Puerto Rico is facing the fiscal situation more complicated in its recent history.