By Franklin D.  Lopez, former United Press International and The Associated Press news writer and former Director for Ethnic Affairs of the Carter Campaign in 1980

@trueblue51  Facebook/FuerzaEstadista  Pinterest,  Instagram,  Medium

 

“If you don’t get it, you don’t get it!- Yogi Berra!

Since the baptism of the so-called “commonwealth” (“free Associated State”) status on July 25, 1952, Puerto Ricans have moved to “swing states”, or “battleground states”, in record numbers. From 1952 to 1960 around 1 million Puerto Ricans moved to the United States. The massive wave of population was not caused by hurricanes or natural events, but by the economic collapse of the colonial creature engendered by Washington and San Juan that was labeled the final solution of the 3.6 million American citizens (in 1956) living in the territory of Puerto Rico. President Jimmy Carter was the first U.S President to recognize the colonial nature of the commonwealth “non status”.

On July 25, 1979 President Carter, with the strong support of Dr. Robert Pastor, his Latin America national security adviser at the White House N.S.C., enacted and adopted through a presidential proclamation named The Political Status of Puerto Rico: Alternative Futures granting american citizens the right to self determination, to choose between statehood, independence or remain as a territory. The presidential proclamation buried the Washington policy that was adopted in 1952 that the status of Puerto Rico was finally resolved when Puerto Ricans accepted the territorial constitution approved by the U.S. Congress.

Puerto Rico’s Population Projected to Decline Through 2050

Puerto Rico’s metropolitan traffic used to be heavy and slow. Traffic, Cars, Jam, Hanover, Hannover, Germany, Vehicle Rivera is a part of a wave of Puerto Ricans fleeing the island’s beleaguered  recession stricken economy and transforming the Florida electorate.

Each week, as many as 1,000 Puerto Ricans arrive in central Florida, according to some estimates, joining a community of more than 1 million Puerto Ricans across the state that has grown tenfold since 1980.  There is a new milestone in Florida’s rapid changing ethnic demography; Puerto Ricans is the largest Latino voting block in Florida. Jorge Duany, director and professor at Florida International University’s Cuban Research Institute, has described the “massive population displacement” in his new book, “Puerto Rico: What Everyone Needs to Know.” Puerto Ricans have been the state’s fastest-growing Hispanic-origin group over the past decade, and thousands more arrived from the island following Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017 – part of a broader movement of island residents to the U.S. mainland in recent years.

 2016 Presidential Election Results

 
Turnout 55.7%[1] Increase 0.8 pp
Donald Trump official portrait (cropped).jpg Hillary Clinton by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Nominee Donald Trump Hillary Clinton
Party Republican Democratic
Home state New York New York
Running mate Mike Pence Tim Kaine
Electoral vote 304[a] 227[a]
States carried 30 + ME-02 20 + DC
Popular vote 62,984,828 65,853,514
Percentage 46.09% 48.18%

2016 United States presidential election in California 2016 United States presidential election in Oregon 2016 United States presidential election in Washington (state) 2016 United States presidential election in Idaho 2016 United States presidential election in Nevada 2016 United States presidential election in Utah 2016 United States presidential election in Arizona 2016 United States presidential election in Montana 2016 United States presidential election in Wyoming 2016 United States presidential election in Colorado 2016 United States presidential election in New Mexico 2016 United States presidential election in North Dakota 2016 United States presidential election in South Dakota 2016 United States presidential election in Nebraska 2016 United States presidential election in Kansas 2016 United States presidential election in Oklahoma 2016 United States presidential election in Texas 2016 United States presidential election in Minnesota 2016 United States presidential election in Iowa 2016 United States presidential election in Missouri 2016 United States presidential election in Arkansas 2016 United States presidential election in Louisiana 2016 United States presidential election in Wisconsin 2016 United States presidential election in Illinois 2016 United States presidential election in Michigan 2016 United States presidential election in Indiana 2016 United States presidential election in Ohio 2016 United States presidential election in Kentucky 2016 United States presidential election in Tennessee 2016 United States presidential election in Mississippi 2016 United States presidential election in Alabama 2016 United States presidential election in Georgia 2016 United States presidential election in Florida 2016 United States presidential election in South Carolina 2016 United States presidential election in North Carolina 2016 United States presidential election in Virginia 2016 United States presidential election in West Virginia 2016 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia 2016 United States presidential election in Maryland 2016 United States presidential election in Delaware 2016 United States presidential election in Pennsylvania 2016 United States presidential election in New Jersey 2016 United States presidential election in New York 2016 United States presidential election in Connecticut 2016 United States presidential election in Rhode Island 2016 United States presidential election in Vermont 2016 United States presidential election in New Hampshire 2016 United States presidential election in Maine 2016 United States presidential election in Massachusetts 2016 United States presidential election in Hawaii 2016 United States presidential election in Alaska 2016 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia 2016 United States presidential election in Maryland 2016 United States presidential election in Delaware 2016 United States presidential election in New Jersey 2016 United States presidential election in Connecticut 2016 United States presidential election in Rhode Island 2016 United States presidential election in Massachusetts 2016 United States presidential election in Vermont 2016 United States presidential election in New Hampshire

ElectoralCollege2016.svg

About this image
Presidential election

Between 2005 and 2016, about a third of these migrants settled in Florida, in an area between the Orlando and Tampa Bay metro areas known as the Interstate 4 corridor.

Florida’s PuertoRican population now rivals that of New York, the main destination of the mid-20th century’s migration from the island. Puerto Ricans in Florida is the new political force to be reckoned with.  Senator Rick Scott, fomer governor of Florida  defeated Senator Bill Nelson, by 10,033 votes of 8.2 million votes cast. Senator Marco Rubio recognized his winning to the support of Puerto Ricans in Florida!

In another swing state, North Carolina, The U.S Census Bureau in 2014 estimated 89,212 Puerto Ricans lived in that state, and accounted for 1.7% of all Puerto Ricans living in the United States. The number of Puerto Ricans in North Carolina almost tripled from 31,117 in the year 2000 to 89,212 in 2014.

This contrasts with President Trump’s discriminatory policy of freezing the $9.3 billion dollars approved by Congress for the reconstruction of Puerto Rico. Trump has gone as far as calling all Puerto Rican elected officials corrupt and crooks! Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/immigration/article128081289.html#storylink=c

Each week, as many as 1,000 Puerto Ricans arrive in central Florida, according to some estimates, joining a community of more than 1 million Puerto Ricans across the state that has grown tenfold since 1980.

The U.S Census Bureau recently published a report on the influx of Puerto Ricans to swing states. Both the GOP and the Democrats should read it with great care! The massive exodus has changed the presidential landscape for the 2020 elections. Just see where 20,000 or  50,000 thousand  Puerto Rican votes can do in the following battleground states in the 2020 electoral contest:

1. Michigan 0.3 percent

Trump 47.6 percent, Clinton 47.3 percent

Difference: 13,080 votes

2. New Hampshire 0.4 percent

Clinton 47.6 percent, Trump 47.2 percent

Difference: 2,701 votes

3. Wisconsin 1 percent

Trump 47.9 percent, Clinton 46.9 percent

Difference: 27,257 votes

4. Pennsylvania 1.2 percent

Trump 48.8 percent, Clinton 47.6 percent

Difference: 68,236 votes (99 percent reporting)

5. Florida 1.2 percent

Trump 49 percent, Clinton 47.8 percent

Difference: 114,455 votes

6. Minnesota 1.5 percent

Clinton 46.4 percent, Trump 44.9 percent

Difference: 44,470 votes

7. Nevada 2.4 percent

Clinton 47.9 percent, Trump 45.5 percent

Difference: 26,434 votes

8. Maine 2.7 percent

Clinton 47.9 percent, Trump 45.2 percent

Difference: 19,995 votes

9. North Carolina 3.8 percent

Trump 49.9 percent, Clinton 46.1 percent

Difference: 177,009 votes

10. Arizona 3.9 percent

Trump 49.3 percent, Clinton 45.4 percent

Difference: 91,682 votes

 

In another swing state: the U.S. Census Bureau data indicated that, in 2016, Pennsylvania

was the state with the fourth most Puerto Ricans (444,263), accounting for 8.2 percent of

the Puerto Rican population in the United States. Puerto Ricans accounted for 3.5 percent

of the total population in Pennsylvania, and 49.4 percent of the state’s Hispanic or Latino

population in 2016. In other words, one in every two Latinos in Pennsylvania was Puerto

Rican. As of 2016, the Puerto Rican population was the largest group of Latinos in

Pennsylvania, followed by Mexicans (17.7%), Dominicans (11.5%), South Americans

(7.1%), Central Americans  (6.6%), and Cubans (2.5%). Other Latinos comprised 5.3

percent of the state’s Latino population in 2016

https://i0.wp.com/census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/visualizations/2018/comm/popest-change-2017-2018.jpg?resize=570%2C604&ssl=1

The great contrast is Donald J. Trump’s policy of holding 9.3 billion dollars allocated and

approved by Congress for the reconstruction of Puerto Rico after being literally

destroyedby Hurricane Maria. Trump froze the transfer of the Federal CDBG and FEMA

allocationbecause he called all Puerto Rican elected officials corrupt and crooked! If the

GOP wants to have a fighting chance to win the Puerto Rican votes.  Trump needs to

internalize that he must release the reconstruction moneys PRONTO and he needs to

support what 72% of Puerto Ricans in Florida support: “Making Puerto Rico the 51st

state.”The Trump administration must review the history of the state of Hawaii after in

enteredthe union in 1959 in order to conclude that making Puerto Rico a state will attract

Puerto Ricans living in the Union to move back to the islands where currently there are

362,000 empty and abandoned housing dwellings in Puerto Rico!  When Hawaii entered

the Union in 1959 it had 440,000 people and in 2019 the U.S. Census estimates it to be

1,460,000.

Fireworks over Waikiki

Becoming a state gave  the Hawaiian Islands 1 million people population gain,

strengthening the economy, making it among the top 5 states with the highest per capita

income. Don’teven think about granting independence or mentioning that the

administration may grant it to Puerto Rico!  Recent polls in Puerto Rico revealed that 92%

of the populationwill move to the union if Puerto Rico becomes an independent republic.

Federal budget analysts can confirm that it costs the federal government twice as much

to provide government services to Puerto Ricans on  the mainland than in the territory.

Therefore, the road map leads towards statehood! Happy Veteran’s Day!

The least disruptive redesign possibility for the 51-star flag
The 51 star flag!

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply