The United States and the PROMESA to Puerto Rico: an analysis of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act

An analysis of all drafts of the PROMESA federal law that establishes an Oversight Board in Puerto Rico of seven members appointed by the President with power to rescind all actions taken by the Puerto Rico government. It covers how the law’s language reflects the U.S.’s plenary power and control over Puerto Rico; and how tweaking with semantics did not diminish the colonialist aspect of the law. More

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About Maria de los Angeles Trigo

I aim to write about the relationship between the U.S. and Puerto Rico for the reader who would like to know more about the ties that bind Puerto Rico to the U.S. without having to delve into academic treatises or historical volumes. I write to provide you with insights and information on Puerto Rico’s fiscal and legal situation, rooted in Puerto Rico’s history, and legal and political status.

I believe analyses about Puerto Rico must consider the historical background of its constitutional development, as well as its relationship with the U.S.: Puerto Rico’s legal framework, constitutional boundaries, and political realities and limits are unique — even if some features seem similar to those of sovereigns or U.S. states. My books discuss different aspects of this metropolis-colony relationship still playing out in the twenty-first century, told from my perspective as someone whose life is subject to foreign plenary powers that should have been abolished a long time ago.

An attorney and CPA with over 20 years of experience in the public and municipal finance area, I advise financial institutions, investors, law firms, think tanks, and government institutions on Puerto Rico debt’s legal and regulatory framework. I worked for 16 years with the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico and was Director of the Compliance Department and Acting Deputy Director of the Legal Division.

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