Will the United States Become 53 Soon?

Published January 28th, 2021 - 08:10 GMT
Will the United States Become 53 Soon?
the US Congress which has been fully taken over by the democrats recently has introduced a new bill considering making DC the 51st state. (Shutterstock: Blablo101)

62 years since Hawaii joined the United States of America, the US map has hardly changed. Even when the US fought in wars abroad, the number of federal states has not changed since 1959. But this might change soon.

Less than a month after the progressive new governor of Puerto Rico has been sworn in, Pedro Pierluisi has announced that "it is time for Puerto Rico to become a US state."

The new governor, known for his pro-statehood stances, has always promised his voters to work towards making the US-controlled island populated with 3 million people a US state, especially after amounting criticism against the US administration's disregard of the economic challenges faced by Puerto Ricans, whether following the devastating 2017 hurricane Maria or the coronavirus pandemic that has infected 126k and killed more than 1000 people on the island so far.

For months now, Puerto Ricans have been protesting being excluded from the US government's plans against poverty, which is one of the major issues the new governor has pledged to work for.

As soon as Pierluisi's statement went viral online, many Twitter users wondered if the same applies to other US territories that don't qualify as states yet, such as the District of Columbia where the US capital is located, and the Western Pacific island of Guam, suggesting that more and more US territories might be demanding self-determination or statehood soon.

Last night, the US Congress, which has been fully taken over by the democrats recently, has introduced a new bill considering making DC the 51st state.


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