Puerto Rico prepares to vote on political status amid crisis
Associated Press - 06/09/2017
Critics question the timing of the newest referendum, coming about a month after Puerto Rico’s governor announced the island would enter a bankruptcy-like process to restructure part of its $73 billion public debt.
“Pushing statehood under normal times would be difficult enough; to push while literally under bankruptcy court is absolutely ridiculous,” said Amilcar Barreto, a Northeastern University associate professor who focuses on Puerto Rico politics and identity. “There couldn’t be a worse time … They really haven’t given much thought, perhaps out of desperation, on how that’s going to swing in Congress.”