U.S. Citizenship for American Samoa?

Judge Clark Waddoups of Utah handed down a decision that people born in American Samoa should be citizens from birth, just as the people of Puerto Rico are. The next day he stayed his own decision, waiting for a federal appeal to settle the legal questions this brings up. American Samoa is a small U.S. territory…. Read more »

Puerto Rico after the Earthquakes

Puerto Rico has suffered a series of earthquakes since December 28, 2019, and the tremors continue. One of the results was widespread power outages affecting nearly one million people. Hundreds of thousands are reported to be without running water. 40 quakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or more were recorded; the largest measured 6.4 on… Read more »

Lawmakers Ask for Scrutiny of Puerto Rico Tax Loopholes

Reps. José Serrano (D-NY), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), and Raúl Grijalva (D-NY) have written a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking him to provide “greater oversight” for Puerto Rico’s tax loopholes. They also asked that the Treasury Department calculate the cost to the federal government of the Island’s special treatment for wealthy… Read more »

FEMA Ready to Give Quake Aid for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez Garced this morning declared a state of emergency in the territory after an earthquake that measured 6.4 on the Richter Magnitude Scale, and asked President Trump to do the same. This morning’s most serious quake followed one yesterday, the Three Kings Day holiday, which had a magnitude of 5.8 and… Read more »

Puerto Rico vs. Hong Kong: Hypocrisy in the Legislature?

In November of 2019, the U.S Congress enacted the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, possibly paving the way for economic sanctions and other diplomatic actions critical of the Hong Kong government. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said the passage of the bill was an important step in “holding accountable those Chinese… Read more »

Chinese Investment in Puerto Rico

In 2017, Chinese press reported that a Chinese legal firm had gathered investors to create a China-themed resort in Puerto Rico.  Bloomberg further announced that it was a $200 million initiative. The plan envisioned 39 structures made with Chinese style architecture and highlighting Chinese food, music and entertainment. Construction was planned to begin in May… Read more »

Puerto Rico’s Population Stabilized

Puerto Rico’s population stabilized during the year that ended July 1, 2019, according to new, similar estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau and the territory’s Statistics Institute, which works with the Federal agency. The estimates indicate a reversal of a 15-year decline that reduced the population from approximately 3.85 million to just under 3.2 million…. Read more »

The End of Cockfighting in Puerto Rico?

December 20th is the day when cockfighting, a traditional sport in Puerto Rico, became illegal on the Island.The federal 2018 Farm Bill closed a loophole that had made it possible for Puerto Rico to hold cockfights even though such events have been illegal in all the States since 2008. Two days before the deadline, Puerto… Read more »

Top 10 Puerto Rico Report Posts of All Time

Last week we shared the top stories of 2019. You might also like to see the most popular stories at the Puerto Rico Report since the beginning. Click through to read the full articles. Is Puerto Rico a Country? No. A country must have certain characteristics, including national sovereignty, the ability to negotiate trade deals,… Read more »

The Top 10 Stories of 2019

2019 was a news-filled year for Puerto Rico. We hope 2020 will be a year filled with good news for Puerto Rico. Here were the most popular stories posted this year at Puerto Rico Report: Puerto Rico Is Not a State: Why Not? Puerto Rico is the only remaining U.S. territory with a large population,… Read more »