A brand new bill from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that goals to deal with the way forward for Puerto Rico’s territory status is being slammed by a fellow Puerto Rican House Democrat from New York.
Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) launched a bill Tuesday with Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) providing an unconventional method for Puerto Rico to determine on its sovereign status: by means of a conference.
AOC, who’s of Puerto Rican descent, and Velázquez, who was born in Puerto Rico, defined in an op-ed revealed by NBC Information that the laws “would immediate Puerto Rico’s Legislature to create a Status Conference whose delegates could be elected by Puerto Rican voters.
“This physique would develop a long-term resolution for Puerto Rico’s status, be that statehood, independence, free affiliation or any possibility apart from the present territorial association,” the 2 lawmakers added.
Rep. José E. Serrano (D-NY), who can be Puerto Rican, took to Twitter after the bill was launched to voice his disapproval, warning that it could depart main selections as much as “a membership of elites” as a substitute of Puerto Rican voters.
“I imagine that every one Puerto Ricans ought to assist decide the way forward for the island — not only a few,” Serrano wrote on the social media platform. “Altering Puerto Rico’s status (a profession objective of mine) is simply too essential to be left behind closed doorways — all Puerto Ricans ought to have a say.”
“I’ve at all times supported an finish to the colonial commonwealth status. The horrific inequities and harms of the previous few years have made clear why Puerto Rico wants both statehood or independence. However that selection shouldn’t be restricted to a membership of elites,” he continued.
Beforehand, island-wide referendums have taken place to find out what residents want to see for the way forward for the island, which was established as a US territory in 1898.
Serrano, 76, has Parkinson’s illness and isn’t operating for re-election. He has launched a number of payments which have been unsuccessful on the problem of Puerto Rico’s statehood, most just lately in 2019. That bill has languished within the House since October.
Serrano’s possible successor, Ritchie Torres, a New York Metropolis councilman who gained the Democratic main to switch him within the closely blue district, mentioned in a tweet that he agreed.
“Smart phrases from a public servant of incomparable integrity. I’m honored to proceed your custom of advocating for true self-determination by means of direct elections. All Puerto Ricans, not merely celebration insiders, ought to have a voice and a vote!” Torres tweeted in response.
Torres’ father is Puerto Rican.