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The Enduring Legacy of Plessy v. Ferguson in Puerto Rico

“[I]n view of the constitution, in the eye of the law, there is in this country no superior, dominant, ruling class of citizens. There is no caste here. Our constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.” –Justice John Marshall Harlan, dissenting opinion, Plessy v. Ferguson Last week former San Juan Mayor… Read more »

An Open Letter to President Obama from NAUS

The National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS) has written an open letter to President Obama asking him to end the second class U.S. citizenship for Puerto Ricans. The letter begins with a plea: Please, join American Patriots [and] help get the Federal Government to end a second class US Citizenship. This complex equal rights quandary that… Read more »

Next Steps for Puerto Rico

People all over the country are calling for action on the status of Puerto Rico, citing its clear mandate for statehood. We are aware that some disagree. Let’s suppose, for the sake of argument, that there remains some ambiguity. The results for Question 1 are certainly not in doubt, as an article by Ricardo Rosselló Nevares… Read more »

Pierluisi Promotes Equality in SSI and TANF Programs

Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR) has introduced two bills to advance equality for the territory of Puerto Rico.  The legislation, which was originally introduced in a previous session of Congress, seeks to create parity for Puerto Rico under the Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs. The average… Read more »

A Page from History: State Department Rejects Enhanced Commonwealth

Under “Enhanced Commonwealth,”  Puerto Rico would remain a part of the United States while also conducting its own international trade and diplomacy.  Although the proposal has been soundly rejected by the federal government on both constitutional and practical grounds, this hasn’t stopped its proponents from pushing it. In 2003, the PDP-led Puerto Rican government attempted to sign cooperation… Read more »

A New Flag Law for Puerto Rico?

A new bill has been proposed in Puerto Rico that would forbid flying the U.S. flag without having the Puerto Rican flag alongside it. Government and public corporations would be affected by the ruling, which would carry a fine for any entity which flouted the rule.

LULAC Weighs in on Puerto Rico’s Status

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has written an open letter to President Obama asking for prompt action on the results of the November 2012 plebiscite. LULAC is the first and largest Hispanic organization in the United States.  Its letter emphasized that the organization  “cares deeply about the political, socio-economic, health and educational wellbeing of the… Read more »

Pierluisi Invokes Obama Inaugural Speech to Announce Legislation

Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR) announced this morning that he will reintroduce two bills tomorrow to advance equality for the territory of Puerto Rico.  His legislation seeks to create parity between U.S. citizens who live in Puerto Ricans and those who live in a state in two federal programs: Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and… Read more »