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NPP Rep: Only Statehood Can Solve Puerto Rico’s Crisis

By on January 16, 2017

SAN JUAN – Rep. José “Che” Pérez Cordero on Monday assured that Puerto Rico can only overcome its socioeconomic crisis through statehood.

The New Progressive Party (NPP) representative urges everyone to participate in the status referendum that’s slated for May 28, and placed particular emphasis on the island’s youth, whom he said are the most vulnerable “in this unprecedented economic crisis in the history of the United States.”

NPP Rep. José "Che" Pérez Cordero (CyberNews)

NPP Rep. José “Che” Pérez Cordero (CyberNews)

In a written statement, Pérez Cordero said statehood is “the only option that guarantees U.S. citizenship, permanent union, economic progress, and above all, family union,” in reference to the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans who have been forced to look for jobs in the mainland U.S. due to the island’s unemployment levels and fiscal uncertainty.

The legislator’s declarations came about Saturday the NPP House delegation filed H.B. 609-in parallel to Senate Bill 51 presented by the upper chamber’s president, Thomas Rivera Schatz– whose main goal is to carry out a status admission referendum including the only non-colonial options, which are statehood or independence.

The pro-statehood official said that according to studies, an average of 47 Puerto Rican youth relocate stateside everyday in search of job security and financial stability. “The core problem in our island is our political limbo, which is why it is imperative for this issue to be solved once and for all in order to propitiate sustainable economic development,” he stated.

See also: House Approves Labor Reform Amid Controversy

Pérez Cordero’s remarks follow growing tension over the recently approved Labor Transformation & Flexibility Act (H.B. 453), known as labor reform, which affects both public and private sectors. House representatives  have expressed their disapproval, an San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto called it unconstitutional.

The law’s decrees would mostly affect new employees, thus raising concern about an increased emigration wave and higher unemployment levels.

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