Puerto Rico: The Struggle Over Status

February 8, 1991 • Volume I
By Patrick G. Marshall


Puerto Rico's three political parties have united in calling for a vote on the island's future relationship with the United States. At the moment, islanders are closely divided over whether to continue the current commonwealth status or to opt for statehood, with only a small minority favoring complete independence. The U.S. Congress also is divided on the issue, however, and lawmakers may not give the islanders the chance to vote—a possibility many Puerto Ricans say would be intolerable.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Puerto Rico
Oct. 23, 1998  Puerto Rico's Status
Feb. 08, 1991  Puerto Rico: The Struggle Over Status
May 28, 1971  Puerto Rico After Bootstrap
Jun. 26, 1963  Puerto Rico and the Union
Oct. 30, 1942  Problems of Puerto Rico
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