I wanted to bring to your attention an
op-ed published today in The Hill authored by Puerto Rico’s former Governor and Resident Commissioner Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá exposing the dishonest nature of the case being made in favor of Puerto Rico’s statehood. Throughout my career in Congress,
I have been a staunch advocate for self-determination – the right of the Puerto Rican people to decide their own destiny with respect to the Island’s political status. At such a critical moment in Puerto Rico’s political history, I urge caution prior to taking
a position on an issue that should be decided by the people living in Puerto Rico themselves. Instead of imposing on Puerto Rico any particular political status (whether it be statehood, free association, independence or any other option for that matter),
Congress ought to provide an open, fair, and transparent process for the people of Puerto Rico to decide for themselves their own future political relationship with the United States.