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YDA Resolution in favor of PR Status Plebiscite Results

YDA Resolution in favor of PR Status Plebiscite Results

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YOUNG DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA 2012 WINTER MEETING Presented by: Phillip Arroyo (PR), Chairman, YDA Hispanic Caucus Jonathan Padilla (CA), National Treasurer Salt Lake City, Utah
A RESOLUTION, urging President Barack Obama and the United States Congress to take action on the irrefutable and clear mandate sent by the people of Puerto Rico on November 6 th, 2012 during which the current territorial political relationship of the island with the United States was rejected and an overwhelming majority vo
YOUNG DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA 2012 WINTER MEETING Presented by: Phillip Arroyo (PR), Chairman, YDA Hispanic Caucus Jonathan Padilla (CA), National Treasurer Salt Lake City, Utah
A RESOLUTION, urging President Barack Obama and the United States Congress to take action on the irrefutable and clear mandate sent by the people of Puerto Rico on November 6 th, 2012 during which the current territorial political relationship of the island with the United States was rejected and an overwhelming majority vo

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YOUNG DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA2012 WINTER MEETINGPresented by:
Phillip Arroyo (PR), Chairman, YDA Hispanic CaucusJonathan Padilla (CA), National Treasurer
 Salt Lake City, Utah
A RESOLUTION,
urging President Barack Obama and the United States Congress to take actionon the irrefutable and clear mandate sent by the people of Puerto Rico on November 6
th
, 2012during which the current territorial political relationship of the island with the United Stateswas rejected and an overwhelming majority voted in favor of Puerto Rico becoming the 51
st
 state of the Union.
WHEREAS,
On March 11th, 2011, the White House released the President’s Task Force Reporton Puerto Rico’s Political Status which stated:
“The Task Force recommends that the Presi 
dent and Congress support any fair, transparent, and swift effort that is consistent with and reflectsthe will of the people of Puerto Rico. If the process produces a clear result, Congress should act 
on it quickly with the President’s support.” 
 
WHEREAS,
Several months after the release of the Task Force Report, President Obamatraveled to Puerto Rico and delivered a speech where he stated as follows
:
“ A report from our 
 presidential task force on Puerto Rican status provided a meaningful way forward on thisquestion so that the residents of the island can determine their own future. And when the
 people of Puerto Rico make a clear decision, my administration will stand by you.” 
 
 –
PresidentBarack Obama, June 14th, 2011
WHEREAS,
On November 6th
the same da
y as the U.S. general elections and Puerto Rico’s
local elections
PR held a political status plebiscite authorized by local law. The plebiscite ballotconsisted of 2 questions. On the first question, voters were asked whether they want PuertoRico to remain a U.S. territory, the status the Island has had since 1898. The people of PuertoRico rejected the current territorial status by a whopping irrefutable
54% to 46% vote
.
WHEREAS,
On the second question, voters were asked to express their preference among thethree alternatives to the current territory status that are legally and politically viable accordingto the federal government and international law: statehood, nationhood in free associationwith the United States, and independence. The people of Puerto Rico expressed theiroverwhelming support in favor of becoming the 51
st
state of the Union with a
whopping 61% of votes cast.

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