Former PR Gov. Luis Fortuño Thinks Statehood for Puerto Rico Should Be Addressed Before Immigration Reform

Sep 14, 2014
11:08 AM

Last week, Luis Fortuño, the former Republican pro-statehood governor of Puerto Rico, was interviewed by PJ Media in Washington, D.C after an appearance at George Washington University. Fortuño has been living in the DC area since losing his re-election bid in 2012. The question of Puerto Rico’s status question (of course) was discussed, but the context of the issue was little bit different. Here is the full audio of the comments with PJ Media.

According to Fortuño, statehood for Puerto Rico should the priority for the U.S. Congress before immigration reform:

“In the case of the Puerto Rican citizens that reside in Puerto Rico, you are dealing with American citizens, natural-born American citizens, so if you’re ever going to deal with illegal immigrants, which is, I’m not saying you should never deal with the issue, but shouldn’t you first deal with your own?”

You can read the rest of his comments here.

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