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
In 1927, when the Philippines was a U.S. territory, Philippines Governor Leonard Wood sent a proposal to President Calvin Coolidge seeking his approval to hold… Read More »How Predictions on Philippines Independence Played Out
The Supreme Court has declined to review a case that many had hoped would provide an opportunity for the Court to re-examine the Insular Cases,… Read More »Supreme Court Declines to Review Citizenship Case
Independence for Puerto Rico is an idea that has received increased attention recently …in the states. A recent article at NBC News urges independence for the… Read More »Do the People of Puerto Rico Want Independence?
One of the most critical questions inherent in the debate over Puerto Rico’s future political status is the the fate of U.S. citizenship for people… Read More »The Fate of U.S. Citizenship in a Sovereign Puerto Rico
One of the most critical questions inherent in the debate over Puerto Rico’s future political status is the the fate of U.S. citizenship for people… Read More »State Department Rejects U.S. Citizenship in a Sovereign Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is home to some 72,679 veterans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. There are currently 10 Veterans Administration medical facilities on the Island. The… Read More »What Will Happen to Veterans Hospitals under Free Association?
When it comes to U.S. citizenship, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is clear: “All persons born or naturalized in the US, and subject… Read More »Legal Scholars Say U.S. Citizenship Available Only with U.S. Sovereignty
One of the biggest issues arising in discussions of the Puerto Rico Status Act is the question of what happens to U.S. citizenship if Puerto… Read More »U.S. Citizenship in a Sovereign Puerto Rico: Worth the Gamble?