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Sep 13

Should Puerto Rico become the 51st state?

Puerto Rico Day Parade in New York City (Getty Images/ Yana Paskova)
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Could Puerto Rico once and for all become the 51st state? Its status as a Commonwealth has sparked considerable political debate for more than 100 years. Historically, the main conflict has been between those who want independence, those who favor the current status, and those who advocate statehood. While Puerto Ricans have been U.S. citizens since 1917, they cannot vote in presidential elections and lack votes in Congress. With its people culturally united but politically divided, what is the best way forward? Join the conversation at 7:30pm ET.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Jose Cabrera @cabreracostas
Advocate for Statehood

Lynnette Acosta @lynnetteacosta
Former National Chair, Obama for America

Rene Vargas @Rene_A_Vargas
Former Student leader, University of Puerto Rico

Jose Mayoral Hernandez
Secretary of Federal and International Affairs for Puerto Rico's Popular Democratic Party

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