Gonzalez, who emigrated 10 years ago, believes if Congress approves the statehood, it would be “a win-win” situation for both.
“This is an opportunity given to us on a silver platter and we should take advantage of it by getting organized,” Gonzalez said.
Pro-statehooders say Puerto Rico would benefit from becoming a state because it would receive an additional $20 billion a year in federal funds to boost the local economy and fight crime. The island currently has a higher unemployment rate than any U.S. state at 13.6 percent, and last year it reported a record 1,117 killings.
Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.