Puerto Rico

May 31, 2018

New Harvard Study Estimates Hurricane Maria Deaths 73 Times Greater than Reported

Washington, D.C. - Researchers with Harvard University have set the death toll from the devastating storm at 4,675, not the 64 reported by emergency officials and attribute the higher count to a failure in the government’s response following the disaster....

Nov 28, 2017

LULAC Statement on Senator Sanders's Legislation to Rebuild Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

Today Senator Sanders and several other progressive Senators introduced legislation to comprehensively address the crisis in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. ..

May 3, 2016

Action Alert: Ensure that Congress Keeps Latino Children on the School Lunch Program

Click here to contact Members of Congress and urge them to oppose any bill that threatens to kick Latino children off the school lunch program!

Apr 26, 2016

Action Alert: Puerto Rico is Not for Sale

Click here to contact Members of Congress and urge them to drop the proposal to sell thousands of acres of federal land in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Dec 31, 2015

LULAC Supports U.S. Solicitor General's Amicus Brief in Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle

LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha, Jr. issued the following statement in response to the amicus brief filed by the U.S. Solicitor General in the case of Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle.

Jul 22, 2015

LULAC Calls Upon the White House and Congress to Work with Puerto Rico to Solve the Territory’s Debt Crisis

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today called for the White House and Congress to work closely with Puerto Rico to find a solution to the territory’s $72 billion debt crisis.

Oct 30, 2009

LULAC Hails the Inclusion of Puerto Rico in the House Bill

“The House bill presented today is a triumph for all of Puerto Rico,” said LULAC National President Rosa Rosales. “The island will receive an unprecedented amount of funds and we are on track to meet our goal that not a single Puerto Rican is without adequate insurance.”

Jan 15, 2009

The Business of American Democracy Remains Incomplete

These economic and civil rights inequities must be eradicated. We are petitioning the President of the United States and Congress, to pass legislation allowing the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico to choose among non-territorial, non-colonial options.

Jun 29, 2004

Don't Discriminate Against Puerto Rico

The future of nearly four million U.S. citizens who reside on the island of Puerto Rico hangs in the balance as Congress prepares to vote on the U.S.-Puerto Rico Political Status Act.

Apr 29, 2004

The Puerto Rico Status Debate: Why Congress? Why Now?

One hundred years ago, Puerto Rico became a part of the United States in settlement of the Spanish-American War. Nineteen years later, the United States granted U.S. citizenship to the Island's inhabitants. Using its authority under the "territorial" clause of the U.S. Constitution, Congress over time has extended a measure of local self-rule to the American citizens of Puerto Rico. The current structure of local government, commonly known as "Commonwealth" was enacted in 1952.

Sep 16, 1998

Declaration in Support of Puerto Rican Self-Determination

We, the undersigned leaders of the Hispanic community across the United States, celebrate during National Hispanic Heritage Month the many ways in which Hispanic Americans contribute daily to strengthen our Nation's social, moral and economic fabric. In this spirit, we strongly believe that Congress has a responsibility to ensure that the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico, like all American citizens, are afforded equal opportunities to participate in the political process of this great Nation by extending them the right of self-determination. Failure to extend this fundamental principle to our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico would undermine the immense efforts and strides Hispanics, and all other ethnic groups throughout our history, have made to fully participate as equals in this democracy.

Sep 16, 1998

Self-Determination for Puerto Rico Introductory Remarks by LULAC National President Rick Dovalina U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. My name is Rick Dovalina and I am President of LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens. LULAC is the oldest and largest membership based civil rights organization for Hispanics in the United States.

Jul 16, 1998

Top Hispanic Organizations Urge Timely Senate Vote on Puerto Rican Self-Determination Bill

In letters made public today, leaders of a national coalition of six leading U.S. Hispanic organizations urged Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and Energy and Resources Committee Chairman Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska) to move the U.S.-Puerto Rico Status Act (S.472) to the Senate Floor for a vote before the August recess. S.472 and a companion bill, H.R. 856, which passed the House on March 4, 1998, would authorize a referendum allowing the 3.8 million American citizens of Puerto Rico to choose among three status options: statehood, independence, or commonwealth.

Apr 29, 1998

Letter to Trett Lott

We are writing to urge you to take prompt action on S. 472, a bill which would provide self-determination for Puerto Rico. The 3.8 million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico have waited 100 years for the opportunity to determine their permanent political status. We do not think that they should be denied their full civil rights any longer.

Apr 29, 1998

Survey Finds Hispanics Optimistic About Direction of the Country and their Futures

In what may be the first major bipartisan poll of registered Hispanic voters in major markets nationwide, Hispanics in the United States reveal strong optimism about their futures and by a newly 2 to 1 margin express confidence that the country is on the right track.

Apr 28, 1998

US Hispanics Back Puerto Rican Self-Determination Bill

The Hispanic Coalition for Puerto Rican Self-Determination, a broad-based association of national Hispanic organizations, today called upon the Senate Republican Leadership to move forward without delay to adopt legislation extending the right of self-determination to the 3.8 million United States citizens of Puerto Rico.

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