Rosselló presents status referendum to US Justice
SAN JUAN – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló met Thursday with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington, D.C. and presented the documents related to Act 7 for the Immediate Decolonization of Puerto Rico, which proposes a political-status plebiscite June 11 with the options for “statehood” or “free association/independence.”
The purpose of the meeting is for the U.S. Justice Department to evaluate the status formulas included in the ballot and allocate the $2.5 million assigned by Congress for the status plebiscite.
“We fulfilled our commitment to submit all plebiscite documents to the U.S. attorney general so he can evaluate theme and thus allow the use of funds allocated by Congress during the past administration to hold the referendum,” said the governor, who has said he would hold the referendum regardless of federal approval.
The governor was accompanied by Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) Director Carlos Mercader and Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marín, who commented that the referendum will be an “opportunity” for the people of Puerto Rico to determine “once and for all to leave the territorial clause, having constitutionally valid [status] options available.”
“The PRFAA has been working arduously to develop the necessary links in Washington that will allow us to reach our goals. This visit marks another step in the process to achieve Puerto Rico’s decolonization once and for all,” Mercader said.
As part of his agenda in the U.S. capital, the governor had breakfast with the PRFAA director and officials from aerospace company Honeywell, which currently operates in Aguadilla. During the meeting, he reiterated that Puerto Rico “is open for business,” a line he has repeatedly used during the past weeks at different encounters with representatives from the private sector.
In addition, Rosselló held interviews with financial media and others with a Hispanic audience in the U.S.
The governor attended a dinner along with first lady Beatriz Rosselló organized by the National Governors Association (NGA). The governor returns to Puerto Rico on Monday.