NEWYORICANGIRL advocates for equal voting rights for Puerto Rico in her new book…

30 Sep

New Yorican Girl Word Press

When the President of the United States won his second term in office in 2012, he

promised again that immigration reform would be at the top of his agenda.

It was then that I understood it was now or never for my 28th Amendment

petition campaign. Strongly believing that if the president truly wanted to

champion all Hispanics, then surely he could no longer allow the

disenfranchisement of the more than 2 million eligible voters in Puerto Rico –

legal Hispanic American citizens – from equal voting rights at the same time

that he was vowing to solve the nation’s illegal immigration crisis.


I also felt like I was running out of time because my cousin, Jesus, the

one who’d inspired the petition and had become like a father to me, was

going to be ninety years old soon. All he wanted was to vote just one time in

the real election for the president of his country before he made his way to

Heaven. Sure, his country allowed him to vote in presidential primaries, but

what sense did that make if he remained banned from casting a vote in the

general election when it really mattered?


If the U.S. Congress had found a way to pass the 23rd Amendment giving the

residents of Washington, D.C. (citizens not living in a viable state of the Union) the

right to vote for the President of the United States, well then, why hadn’t this

same inclusive logic been considered – at least, debated – for the benefit of our

fellow legal Hispanic Americans living in Puerto Rico? 


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