The leadership of the annexationist New Progressive Party (PNP), of the government, accused the United States Congress Thursday of discriminating against Puerto Rico with the federal tax reform, which will lead to an economic abyss.
‘The fact that the (Puerto Rican) government and the private sector are asking for fair treatment, as the (US) states will receive in the federal tax reform, reflects the problem of the colonial status that we suffer,’ said the secretary-general of the PNP, official deputy Rafael Rivera Ortega.
In a call also subscribed by the general secretary of the collectivity, Senator Abel Nazario Quiñones, it is strongly requested to stop discriminating against Puerto Rico, which has been under the United States colonial domination for 119 years.
‘Puerto Rico is about to fall into an economic and fiscal abyss because our territorial status allows the federal government to discriminate against us, to give us fewer benefits than American citizens living in a state (of the northern union),’ Rivera Ortega said.
The leaders of the PNP, headed by Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, are urging that Washington does not overload the production of US companies established on this island when entering its market, as contemplated by the reform promoted by President Donald J. Trump.
Puerto Rico, for purposes of the United States Treasury, is a foreign jurisdiction, although Congress, which retains its sovereignty, imposed its citizenship on North American citizens in 1917 for the purpose of recruiting them for the armed forces during the First World War