WASHINGTON, DC — The Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) passed a resolution regarding Puerto Rican status at its Spring meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
The resolution urged President Obama to “evaluate the results of the plebiscite” held in November of 2012 in which 61% of voters supported statehood for Puerto Rico and “take action in advancing the desire of the people of the territory of Puerto Rico to achieve statehood.” It noted that Puerto Ricans currently serve and have died in the United States Armed Forces.
YRNF Chair Lisa Stickan said, “The people of Puerto Rico are US citizens who have served our country in numerous ways. They are citizens who have been excluded from our political life and denied their inalienable rights. The YRNF correctly recognized these facts and urged that we move forward on status issues.”
Young Republican Federation of Puerto Rico Chairman Daniel Ballori said, “The YRFPR is honored to have received the support of our National Board and its Chair Lisa Stickan, as well as that of our fellow YR state organizations for our cherished ideal of statehood for Puerto Rico. The passage of this resolution shows once again the leadership that the YRNF has always offered, defending the values of democracy, our Constitution and, most importantly, our fellow American citizens. Equality and opportunity have always been moving forces in the United States. Within this long established reality, it is obvious that the time of statehood for Puerto Rico has arrived!”
The resolution passed unanimously, along with a resolution honoring the life of Lady Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
About the YRNF:
The Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) is the oldest political youth organization in the United States. Important to the growth of the Republican Party, the YRNF reaches out to registered Republicans, 18 to 40 years of age, and provide them with better political knowledge and understanding of the issues of the day.
About the YRFPR:
The Young Republican Federation of Puerto Rico is the young professional and youth organization of Republican party in Puerto Rico, with chapters all over the Island. It is focused on educating and preserving social and fiscal conservative values of the American citizens of Puerto Rico.
The text of the resolution is:
WHEREAS, our fellow American citizens of the territory of Puerto Rico, many who have gallantly served and died in the armed forces of the United States, held a plebiscite on November 6th 2012 voting in favor of a more concrete and permanent relationship with the Union.
WHEREAS, with a voter turnout of 78% of registered voters the people of Puerto Rico showed that an overwhelming two/thirds majority requested that the United States Congress grant them the right of self-determination to achieve a permanent place in the Union.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Young Republican National Federation requests that the President and the United States Congress evaluate the results of the plebiscite and take action in advancing the desire of the people of the territory of Puerto Rico to achieve statehood and grant unconditionally to the nearly 4 million American citizens their full, inalienable rights in accordance with the Constitution of the United States.