(February 9th, 2017 – Washington, DC) The Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, through the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), issued a joint statement with Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR) congratulating Jeff Sessions on his appointment and confirmation as Attorney General.
In the letter, both stated their eagerness to work with him on solving Puerto Rico’s political status dilemma.
Puerto Rico has just enacted legislation in accordance with federal law that will provide for a political status plebiscite in June of this year, and which requires that the Attorney General validate the options included in the ballot.
In a written statement, Carlos Mercader, PRFAA’s Executive Director, expressed “[his] confidence that Attorney General Sessions, who is someone devoted to the rule of law, will be successful in this endeavor.”
Text of the Letter
The Honorable Jeff Sessions
Attorney General of the United States
Dear Mr. Attorney General,
On behalf of the 3.4 million U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico, we want to congratulate you on your appointment and confirmation as Attorney General of the United States.
We want to reach out to you early because we are going to need your input as we move to solve Puerto Rico’s political status dilemma once and for all.
As you may know, in 2012, 54% of Puerto Ricans voted to end the current territorial status of Puerto Rico, and 61% chose statehood as their preferred political status alternative. Based on these results, Congress in 2016 allocated $2.5 million dollars to fund a new plebiscite that would put an end to the current undemocratic arrangement.
We have just enacted legislation to hold this referendum in June of this year, in which citizens will have to decide between statehood and separate sovereignty through independence or free association.
We look forward to establishing a productive, working relationship with your office so that we can begin in earnest to resolve Puerto Rico’s political status.
Please accept the expressions of our highest esteem and consideration.
Ricardo A. Rosselló Nevares
Governor of Puerto Rico
Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico