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Pedro Pierluisi, governor of Puerto Rico since January 2021, calls for the Caribbean archipelago to become a state in its own right, the 51st in the United States, by burying the current affiliation status to offer more rights to its inhabitants . While the arrival of Joe Biden at the White House seems to give hope to those who want the rapprochement, others would rather prefer the path of independence. Report from our special envoys, Laurence Cuvillier and Matthieu Comin.
To this day, Puerto Ricans have had American citizenship since 1917 but cannot vote to elect the President of the United States. They have no representatives or senators on Capitol Hill. And the status of “Associated Free State” does not allow the archipelago of 3.3 million inhabitants to have trade relations with countries other than the United States.
For many of them, Joe Biden’s arrival at the White House is a sign of hope. A parliamentary delegation has just been elected to go and plead in Washington the cause of full integration of the territory into the United States.