‘‘With that kind of message, Congress is not going to do anything, and neither is President Obama,’’ Rivera said.
Puerto Rico has been a territory for 114 years and its people have been U.S. citizens since 1917. Residents of the island cannot vote in the U.S. presidential election, have no representation in the Senate and only limited representation in the House of Representatives.
It’s a situation that frustrates many, as does the long-simmering political uncertainty. Independence was once the dominant political movement on the island but no longer: Only 6 percent of voters opted to sever ties from the U.S., a prospect that scared voters like 31-year-old Jose Ramos.
‘‘I prefer that the United States helps us, because to stand on our own two feet, no,’’ said the father of three. ‘‘I don’t want this to become a republic. That scares me.’’