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  •  I think you've suggested this several times (1+ / 0-)
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    Zack from the SFV

    Tying Puerto Rican statehood to immigration strikes me as insulting. Puerto Ricans are American citizens. This isn't about the status of their citizenship, and relates to immigration in absolutely no way. It's only about whether a change in the status of Puerto Rico to statehood will or won't be approved. No other issue should be dealt with in the legislation, unless it is to grant statehood to DC.

    Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

    by MichaelNY on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 12:57:49 AM PST

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    •  See above (4+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, SaoMagnifico, propjoe, jncca

      But also this:

      D.C. statehood requires a constitutional amendment to remove the three electoral votes already granted to the district.

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      by wwmiv on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:17:06 AM PST

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      •  Huh!!! (1+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY

          If DC or New Columbia (or whatever it would be called) becomes a state, then they keep their electoral votes. If there is no federal district, then the amendment granting the federal district its electoral votes is obsolete. I don't think it needs another amendment, but I am not a constitutional scholar or attorney.

            DC is 51, PR is 52.

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        by Zack from the SFV on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 08:05:46 PM PST

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    •  I think you are misunderstanding (2+ / 0-)
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      fearlessfred14, wwmiv

      I don't think wwmiv is saying he has a problem with Puerto Ricans moving to or living in the continental United States. He's saying that because Puerto Rico lacks the economic opportunity afforded to the 50 states, it prompts many Puerto Ricans to leave home, which causes Puerto Rico's economy to suffer. It's basically a "brain drain".

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      by SaoMagnifico on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:14:44 AM PST

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