Can Florida annex islands?
Throughout the years, thousands of American citizens living in Puerto Rico have been moving to take up residence in the continental United States, mostly in the state of Florida. The loss of population is aggravating the problem of top-heavy, inefficient government at all levels in Puerto Rico, and the ongoing surge of people from the Caribbean in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria is causing problems here in Florida and giving the United States a poor reputation as a quasi-colonial power.
When consulted, the residents of Puerto Rico have always preferred the option of becoming a U.S. state, not a separate independent country. But
Congress has never shown any inclination toward granting statehood. So why not offer the people of the U.S. Caribbean islands and the people of Florida the option to annex said islands as integral parts of the state of Florida, to be known as the Caribbean Islands Region of the State of Florida? Jose L. Calabria Sr., Land O’Lakes