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The Economic Limits of Free Association

A legislative proposal pending before Congress would give Puerto Rico voters a choice among constitutionally viable non-territory status options – statehood or nationhood. Jordan Ferris of Pasquines wrote an essay on the economic consequences of the bill. “If Puerto Ricans were to choose independence, then the territory would have complete economic autonomy for the first… Read more »

Anti-statehood Arguments against Arizona

Every current state had an anti-statehood faction when it was a territory. Generally speaking, the arguments against becoming a state are forgotten once the new state is admitted. This is certainly true of Arizona. Cultural issues Many territories encountered resistance from existing states when they sought to be admitted. Puerto Rico is currently facing such… Read more »

Who Controls Laws on U.S. Citizenship?

The Puerto Rico Status Act, a legislative proposal pending before Congress, makes some specific claims about citizenship. In a state, of course, U.S. citizenship will be secure as it is for any state. Under independence, the bill provides that “Puerto Rico has full authority and responsibility over its citizenship and immigration laws, and birth in… Read more »

Can the U.S. Change the Terms of Free Association?

One of the options presented in the proposed Puerto Rico Status Act for a new U.S.-Puerto Rico relationship is for Puerto Rico to achieve sovereignty but also sign a comprehensive Articles of Free Association with the U.S. The description of free association in the bill includes lots of privileges for Puerto Rico that the U.S…. Read more »

Citizenship Transition for an Associated Republic of Puerto Rico

On July 20, The House Natural Resources Committee passed HR 8393, The Puerto Rico Status Act, and sent it to the full House of Representatives for further consideration. A number of amendments were proposed, but none were passed. One of the amendments, introduced by Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI), asked to strike the U.S. citizenship transition… Read more »

The Votes Against the Puerto Rico Status Act in Committee

Although The Puerto Rico Status Act (HR 8393), was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee two weeks ago, the vote was not unanimous. Support for the bill was bipartisan, but so was the opposition. The criticism against the bill mainly focused on the process – notably the relatively short amount of time the committee… Read more »

Concerns about U.S. Citizenship Noted in Status Proposal

On Wednesday, July 20, the House Natural Resources Committee approved The Puerto Rico Status Act and forwarded the bill for consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives. The proposal, reflecting months of collaboration among the congressional leaders of Puerto Rico related issues in the House of Representatives, provides a process for the people of… Read more »

State Department Rejects 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 born in Puerto Rico. While some supporters of independence may accept the loss of U.S. citizenship, most Puerto Ricans cherish their U.S. citizenship. Although statehood would provide permanent U.S. citizenship… Read more »

Puerto Rico Status Act Introduced in Congress

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ.), the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, introduced the Puerto Rico Status Act in Congress today. The Puerto Rico Status Act is a compromise bill negotiated by the sponsors of two different status bills for the U.S. territory, with input from field hearings and meetings held in Puerto Rico. “Finding… Read more »