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Acevedo: Puerto Ricans in U.S. Should Have a Voice

Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá Speaking at the 2005 NCLR Conference

Puerto Rico's Governor, Anibal Acevedo, today called for open and public discussions about the status of Puerto Rico and the proposals under discussion in Congress Through out the U.S. According to the Governor's spokesperson, Eduardo Bhatia, the communities of New York, Chicago, and Orlando should be included in the discussion along with Puerto Rico itself through public hearings held in each city.

The Governor's opinion should add another dimension to the ongoing debate about whether Puerto Ricans in the United States should have a vote in the proposed referendums to decide a permanent status for the island. With about 3 to 4 million Puerto Ricans living in the United States and 4 million living on the island, the Puerto Rican diaspora could easily amount to close to 50% of the total eligible electorate, though no actual data has yet to be made available.

Should Puerto Ricans outside of the island be able to help determine the island's future? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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