After decades of debate, Puerto Rico is now recognized for what it is: a U.S. territory, or to put it less gently, a colony. Puerto… Read More »Puerto Rico’s Next Step: Statehood or Nationhood?
The Puerto Rico Status Act, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in December of 2022, listed three options for voters in a future referendum… Read More »Independence and Sovereign Free Association: What’s the Difference?
A former chairwoman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs has weighed into the debate on the fate of U.S. citizenship in… Read More »Controversy over U.S. Citizenship in Free Association
Can stateside Puerto Ricans keep their U.S. citizenship if Puerto Rico were to become independent? Perhaps, but maybe not. Regardless, Supreme Court precedent won’t help… Read More »Can Stateside Puerto Ricans Keep U.S. Citizenship under Independence?
Although the dignity afforded through Puerto Rico statehood is appealing to most Puerto Ricans, there are skeptics on the island whose interest in statehood is… Read More »Lessons for Puerto Rico from the the Respect for Marriage Act
In the Puerto Rico Statehood Act (HR 8393), a bill that passed the House last year, U.S. citizenship is “recognized, protected, and secured” only if… Read More »U.S. Citizenship “Recognized, Protected, and Secured” only under Statehood
The United States acquired both Puerto Rico and the Philippines from Spain following the Spanish–American War in 1898. In 1946, the Philippines ended its status as a territory of… Read More »Lessons from the Philippines for Puerto Rico