Here’s an update about the world famous act in Puer­to Rico known as HR2499. There is a move to push the coun­try Puer­to Rico to become the 51st state in the Unit­ed States. Known as “HR 2499? or the “Puer­to Rico Democ­ra­cy Act”, the bill is opposed by a lot of Puer­to Ricans.

Puer­to Rico is a self-gov­ern­ing unin­cor­po­rat­ed ter­ri­to­ry of the Unit­ed States locat­ed in the north­east­ern Caribbean Sea, east of the Domini­can Repub­lic and west of the Vir­gin Islands. Since 1970, HR 2499 has been opposed by Puer­to Ricans three times already.

HR 2499 has both its pros and cons for both Amer­i­cans and Puer­to Ricans. For one, this Puer­to Rico Democ­ra­cy Act lets Puer­to Ricans con­tin­ue to enjoy their com­mon­wealth sta­tus which allows them to enjoy the pro­tec­tion and free­doms and even finan­cial ben­e­fits of the Unit­ed States with­out pay­ing fed­er­al income taxes.

How­ev­er, there are also prob­lems if this HR 2499 bill will be pushed through mak­ing Puer­to Rico a full state of the US. The first is that of cre­at­ing a bilin­gual coun­try with the addi­tion of an almost com­plete­ly Span­ish-speak­ing state. I mean how many peo­ple from Puer­to Rico can real­ly speak English?

Sec­ond is the prob­lem of reas­sign­ing some seats in the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to Puer­to Ricans. This means that there will be some states who gets deprived of the seat because of the con­gres­sion­al­ly-man­dat­ed 435 seat cap.