I don't know that it would become such a bad thing but having visited there several times in the late 90's and early 2000, I know it is a poor commonwealth and they have a high unemployment rate. Most of their roads are in very poor condition and most tourist dollars stay around the Old San Juan area. There is a Naval Base (Roosevelt Roads) in PR which does employ several local people which does help the economy tremendously. If the Cubans manage to make it to PR, they can claim residency and most of them do start up businesses, or at least they could back when we were there.<quoted text>
I know although Puerto Ricans are US citizens, they are not allowed to vote in the US Presidential elections and I also know that most citizens are split on whether or not they want to become a state.
I personally haven't weighed the pros and cons of PR becoming a state, but I do know, economically, we are not in the best position to put more pressure on our existing social programs. There is a high poverty rate in PR and we would be taking on more than we can handle, IMHO.