Originally posted by @finnegan
Odd then that Puerto Rico has $72billion in debt, annual revenues of just $800m, and is bankrupt, before suffering the impact of recent hurricane damage, which is immense.
The flow of "aid" has to be seen in te ...[text shortened]... bal capitalism and small states are simply too easy for large corporations to take advantage of.
Zahlanzi has used the metaphor of Puerto Rico as an abused (adopted) child of the USA.
Before declaring independence, that abused child knows that she still has need of aid from her parent.
Most Puerto Ricans ask the pragmatic question: "Will our lives today be better off with or without the USA?"
Puerto Rican citizenship status is complex. Some, though not all, American ignorance is understandable.
"Are Puerto Ricans really American citizens?
Ambiguity surrounds the citizenship of Puerto Ricans, affecting the federal response to Hurricane Maria."
"In a recent poll, 41 percent of respondents said they did not believe that Puerto Ricans
were U.S. citizens, and 15 percent were not sure. Only 43 percent answered that Puerto
Ricans were U.S. citizens. Today, being born in Puerto Rico is tantamount to being born
in the United States. But it wasn’t always that way, and a lot of ambiguity still remains.
Contrary to what many people believe, the Jones Act, which Congress passed 100 years ago,
was neither the first nor last citizenship statute for Puerto Ricans. Since 1898, Congress
has debated 101 bills related to citizenship in Puerto Rico and enacted 11 overlapping
citizenship laws. Over time, these bills have conferred three different types of citizenship
to persons born in Puerto Rico."
"Since Jan. 13, 1941, birth in Puerto Rico amounts to birth in the United States for citizenship purposes.
However, the prevailing consensus among scholars, lawmakers and policymakers is that
Puerto Ricans are not entitled to a constitutional citizenship status. While Puerto Ricans
are officially U.S. citizens, the territory remains unincorporated. This contradiction has
enabled the governance of Puerto Rico as a separate and unequal territory that belongs
to, but is not a part of, the United States."
"Puerto Rican citizenship was first legislated by the United States Congress in Article 7
of the Foraker Act of 1900 and later recognized in the Constitution of Puerto Rico."
"The United States government also continues to recognize a Puerto Rican nationality.
Puerto Rican citizenship is also recognized by the Spanish Government, which recognizes
Puerto Ricans as a people with Puerto Rican, and not American citizenship. It also grants
Spanish citizenship to Puerto Ricans on the basis of their Puerto Rican, not American, citizenship.
On November 18, 1997, the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, through its ruling in Miriam J. Ramirez
de Ferrer v. Juan Mari Brás, reaffirmed the standing existence of the Puerto Rican citizenship."