Independence would be very bad for Puerto Rico since it would mean the end of free movement to the rest of the U.S.
Statehood seems like a better option. Unfortunately, it's a political football. If Puerto Rico would be a "blue" state, it would need to be offset by a corresponding "red" state. Maybe eastern California could become its own state.
Long term, statehood seems more likely. Hispanics are generally more socially conservative than the average voter. Within a decade or two, I wouldn't be surprised if most Hispanics vote Republican. Which means there could be a time when Puerto Rico is a purple state, at which time admission becomes much more likely.
Therefore, at the moment in Puerto Rico, Democrat-alligned PPD has 13 seats in the senate and 26 seats in the house while GOP-alligned PNP has 9 seats in the senate and 21 seats in the house.
The fact that mainlanders hold these real, personal, immediate considerations hostage to stupid partisan politics is horrible.
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