Puerto Rico governor to take statehood case to Washington but faces US snub
The Guardian - 06/12/2017
The likelihood that the US Congress will want to take on Puerto Rico as a fully-fledged state of the union at the time of such financial meltdown is seen by most observers as slight to none. On top of that comes the nature of Puerto Rico linguistically, culturally and racially in terms of its integration with the larger power.
“This brings out the worst in the US Congress,” said Dr Amilcar Barreto, a specialist in Puerto Rican politics at Northeastern University in Boston. “To be blunt, it brings out the racist side of Congress. To admit to the union a Spanish-speaking, racially-diverse population – hell no.”