While Americans were either celebrating or groaning over the re-election of President Barack Obama, Puerto Rico voted internally on whether it should become a state, stay a commonwealth of the U.S., or become an independent nation. They voted they wanted to become a full-fledged state of the United States, however they still need Congress to pass a bill allowing them to do so. Will it happen?
To be honest, the question of statehood is mixed on both sides of the fence. When it comes to Republicans, I can see a lot of them voting "no" due to the party's history of questionable actions against Hispanic communities and countries. Don't expect much help from them.
I can't see Democrats jumping up in excitement to vote them in either. Puerto Rico is very conservative, and they would be likely to become a "red state" if they're granted statehood. Which is not good for them politically on a federal level. Especially if they get 2 senators for being a state. Also their high unemployment rate (13% currently) will also make the national figures worse which won't be good if they want another Democrat in the White House in 2017.
My feelings about Puerto Rico becoming a state are mixed. I believe making them a state is unfair to Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. I do believe that all of these U.S. governed lands should have a vote(s) in the electoral college for the presidential election, a representative(s) in the House of Representatives, and one seat in the Senate each. But I don't think any of these places should be full-fledged states.
But I will support the outcome of whatever Congress decides. If the bill passes, then President Obama should sign it for the sake of the Puerto Rican people and democracy.