Puerto Rico Will Hold A Referendum On Joining The United States In November
The Governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vazquez Garced, on Saturday signed a bill to hold a referendum on November 3, 2020, on the question of joining the United States - the sixth in the history of Puerto Rico, according to the EFE News Agency.
The referendum, according to El Excelsior, will have a single question: "should Puerto Rico immediately be admitted to the Union (as part of the US - if)?"
The referendum is non-binding, since changing the status of Puerto Rico is impossible without the approval of the US Congress, which did not take any action after the previous five plebiscites, the newspaper notes.
Since 1952, Puerto Rico has had the status of an" unincorporated organized territory " dependent on the United States. Puerto Ricans are US citizens but do not have the right to vote in presidential elections. Residents of the island are exempt from American income tax, but at the same time, as El Excelsior points out, they pay taxes on social security, Medicare contributions, while receiving less Federal funds than States on the continent.