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An Issue for all Americans: Puerto Rican Self-Determination

Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States.  Its residents are United States citizens, but they have no voting rights or representation in the government that makes and implements their national laws, and they are not treated equally in federal programs.  This unequal treatment violates the most basic principles of equal citizenship in the United States.  It is also inconsistent with our international commitments to advance democracy, suffrage and self-determination around the world.Read More »An Issue for all Americans: Puerto Rican Self-Determination

Puerto Rico: A Territory of the United States

The legal foundation of Puerto Rico’s status within the United States can be found in Article IV, Section 3, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, commonly known as the “Territory Clause” — “The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States.”Read More »Puerto Rico: A Territory of the United States

And Yet More Confusion over “Commonwealth”: Puerto Rico’s Plebiscite History

Three referenda held in the 20th century to provide Puerto Ricans with self determination were inconclusive due to confusion over “Commonwealth” proposals that are different from the current governing arrangement and different from one another and were later determined by Federal officials to not be viable.Read More »And Yet More Confusion over “Commonwealth”: Puerto Rico’s Plebiscite History

Statehood

Some leaders in the Puerto Rican community claim that Puerto Rico voters need more information about the various status options open to them. Here is… Read More »Statehood