New stars on the American flag? Fresh hope as Puerto Rico and DC push for statehood

Five US territories float in constitutional limbo, but impetus is growing to put and end to a ‘fundamental democratic flaw’

One of the most powerful prosecutions of former US president Donald Trump last week came from Stacey Plaskett of the US Virgin Islands, the first delegate from an American territory to hold the position of impeachment manager.

Yet Plaskett’s status meant that she was unable to vote for Trump’s impeachment because she has no vote on the floor of the House of Representatives. The US Virgin Islands has no representation at all in the Senate. Its residents cannot even vote for president.

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