FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 12, 2017 – Washington, DC: On Saturday, the Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) passed a resolution in support of Puerto Rico Statehood at the Spring Board Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
Puerto Rico has been a territory of the United States since 1898, and Puerto Ricans have been proud U.S. citizens since 1917.
Puerto Ricans have served in all armed conflicts since WWI as proud members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Nevertheless, since Puerto Rico is not a State, the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico lack voting congressional representation and cannot vote for their Commander-in-Chief.
Most importantly, in 2012 a majority of Puerto Ricans voted to change the current territorial status and become the 51st state of the Union.
The YRNF supports Puerto Rico’s desire to become the 51st State of the United States of America. In its resolution, the YRNF expressed:
“…BE IT RESOLVED the Young Republican National Federation, believing 100 years is long enough for Puerto Ricans to be American citizens without having statehood, reaffirms our stance for Puerto Rican statehood and stands with President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the members of the RNC in support of Puerto Rico statehood.”
¨The Republican Party is the party of inclusion, of family values, of individual liberty and rights. Republicans care deeply about the Hispanic community in the United States, and the YRNF’s support for Puerto Rican statehood is proof of this,¨ said Luis Rivera-Marín, Puerto Rico’s Lt. Governor and Secretary of State.
Josué Rivera, Puerto Rico Young Republican National Committeeman said, ¨I am grateful to my Young Republican colleagues from across the nation for supporting Puerto Rican statehood. This is a step in the right direction for Puerto Rico and the United States.¨
The YRNF looks forward to working with our Party, our elected Republicans, and all of those who support Puerto Rico statehood so that together we can ensure Puerto Rico is admitted as the 51st state of the United States of America.
You can view the resolution passed by YRNF by clicking HERE.