A Puerto Rican Reader Explains Why He`s Pro-Statehood
July 20, 2010, 05:00 AM
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From: Augosto Perez (e-mail him)

Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: USA Libre! Why Can't All Americans Vote On Puerto Rican Statehood

I'm a pro-statehood, registered Republican. If Puerto Rico became a state, the language of commercial and public government transactions would be English for practical, not ideological, reasons.

As to the political makeup of the island's electorate, that may be a more fickle subject. Economically, most Puerto Ricans are conservative. Socially, like many from warm climates, they're tolerant, even permissive.

For all the stateside wailing and screaming about "culture," Puerto Rico has already been Anglicized through decades of media pressure. [Puerto Ricans More Americanized Than Some Allentonians Realize, by David Vaida, Allentown Morning Call, April 25, 2000]

Statehood would be justice delayed for Puerto Rico. Since the Korean War, island natives have been over-represented on a per-capita basis on America's war casualty list. [As its War Sacrifices Rise, Puerto Rico Debates U.S. Tie, by Brian Bender, Boston Globe, February 4, 2006]

I'm certain that even statehood's most ardent opponents will agree that statehood is preferable to granting amnesty to more than 12 million illegal aliens who do not and never will consider themselves American.

Perez's previous letters about Mexican hypocrisy, left-wing Puerto Ricans and VDARE.COM worst immigration reporter of the year Soledad O'Brien are here, here and here.