By H. Nelson Goodson
May 7, 2014
Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, Dr. Ricardo Rosselló-Navares, the Pro-statehood party leader from Puerto Rico filed a civil rights violation complaint with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights claiming that the Obama administration, the Puerto Rican legislature, including the governor and the U.S. Congress have failed to act on several questions in the November 6, 2012 referendum results that 54% of voters wanted to end the Common Wealth status and 61.16% (834,191 voters) want Puerto Rico to become the 51st State of the U.S.
In the complaint, Rosselló-Navares claims that Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro García Padilla and the Island legislature have been stalling in recognizing the November 2012 statehood results and have been blocking to hold a state assembly for the process to turn Puerto Rico into a U.S. state. Governor Padilla has intentionally failed to recognize the 2012 referendum results and is blocking the implementation of the voters approval for statehood, according to Rosselló-Navares.
Only 33.34% of Puerto Rican voters wanted a free, but associated status and 5.55% wanted to become an independent government. A total of 1,798,987 voted (78.19%) in November 2012.
Puerto Rico became a U.S. Common Wealth in 1898 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris and in 1917, the Jones Act granted U.S. Citizenship to all inhabitants of Puerto Rico.
Rosselló's filed complaint at link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/222378706/Complaint