by Luis Fortuño
Recently I’ve witnessed an influx of news around what statehood would mean for Puerto Rico. I’ve seen important statements outlining how statehood will benefit Puerto Rico’s economy and the U.S. at large. However, I also need to address the blatant falsehoods that are being spread.
One such falsehood was presented by my predecessor as Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress and governor, Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, who asserted in a blog posted on The Hill that the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico do not want statehood. His argument is demonstrably inaccurate. Mr. Acevedo Vilá’s claim is based in politics, not facts. The fact is, the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico voted in favor of statehood twice in the past decade.