Why do some puerto ricans resist becoming a state?
This is a complicated question, and the answers are probably as varied as the people who resist statehood.
First, the vast majority of Puerto Rican residents (Nearly 6 out of 10 according to the last plebiscite) want a different political status than the current Free Associated Commonwealth designation (Estado Libre Asociado). The question becomes what status do the people of Puerto Rico want?
The answer for 2½-5% of the population of Puerto Rico is simple. They want complete and total independence and form a sovereign nation.
Another minority wants the best of both worlds. They want to form a sovereign commonwealth similar to The Martial Islands, The Federated States of Micronesia, and other former US Protectorates in the Pacific. These are independent countries with very close contractual ties to the United States, including the retention of citizenship for a generation and the right of residents of the former territory to freely travel to and live in the United States without the need for special documents, green cards, etc.
Of the remaining people who are for a different type of status, but do no want statehood, most are seeking more autonomy without loosing citizenship in the US. They wish to be treated as a state without becoming a state. Currently, Puerto Rico is technically not part of the US. They are "owned by" or a "possession of" the United States. Any sovereignty or self-rule the island territory has is by legislation which can easily be overturned or curtailed. A recent run-in with the Federal government over a naval bombing range in Vieques (a Puerto Rican island off the Eastern coast of the main island of Puerto Rico) caused some serious issues. That has since mostly been resolved, but it showed just how little control the local government had over its own territory.
So why not become a state and get 6 or 7 voting representatives and 2 Senators in Congress? Most feel it would lead to a loss of cultural identity. They point to Hawaii as an example of how the rich history and culture of the Polynesian people has all but been eradicated and trivialized for tourism.
Puerto Rico is the only territory in the US where Spanish is the population's main language. Though the official languages are both English and Spanish, Spanish is the only language spoken by more than half the population. Three or 4 decades ago the trend was for more people to be totally bilingual, each time some Congressman or Senator in the US Congress, or State legislature tries to pass some sort of "English Only" law, or makes an effort to make English the official language of the US, the Puerto Rican people and its legislature react by trying to drop English as much as they can. Federal law requires English for any federal government business, but local government is doing everything it can to hang on to Spanish. So by current law, all "state" business is done in Spanish.
Language helps define cultural identity. It is difficult for monolinguals to understand how much culture is defined by language. Translating words does not carry the same meaning in the other language. The Puerto Rican people, even the ones that want Statehood, want to hang on the their unique culture. At the moment, the population is pretty much evenly split of how best to hold on to the culture while at the same time having more of a say on how to govern their own territory, and keep close ties with the United States.
The Puerto Ricans
Puerto Ricans are citizens of the US, however, since Puerto Rico is a territory and not a state, Puerto Ricans cannot vote for the president.
Perhaps never, the choice belongs to the Puerto Ricans. PUERTO RICO WILL NEVERR BE A STATE
because well you caca head listen im proud to an american
Puerto Rico is not a state and so does not have any electoral votes. However, Puerto Ricans can vote for the president if they establish legal residence in some state and meet the other requirements to vote in that state.
We treat the Puerto Ricans great. We are at peace with them and possibly gonna let them become a state. Our past history was not always exemplary, but hopefully the times have changed.
You would get in the US State Department, since Puerto Ricans are American citizens.
Puerto Rico has no disvantanges becoming a state but it also has no disvantanges becoming indipendent.
Not all Puerto Ricans not want to be a state. Their is a minority(less than 5%) the want PR be indepentent. Now, there is more than 40% who whan to be state and around other 40% who what to keep the current status(US COMMONWEALTH).
Territories were included in the US State Quarters series.
Not all PR's actually want it to become a 51st state.
Yes, Puerto Ricans did vote to become a state. It is now up to Congress to vote, however, it will most likely not pass.
Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the U.S. Although Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens by birthright, residents of Puerto Rico pay no federal income tax, nor can they vote in presidential General elections much like the residents of Washington, DC. Residents can vote in the primaries and send delegates to both the Democrat and Republican conventions. It would require an amendment to the US Constitution to give Puerto Rico votes in the electoral college or… Read More
Puerto Rico is not a state of the union. Puerto Rico is a US Territory. Puerto Ricans are US Citizens and even if it was a US State, both Delaware and Rhode Island would still be smaller. www.topuertorico.com tab 'About PR' for more info.
No, Puerto Rico is a US territory. All Puerto Ricans are US citizens. You just need a valid state/government I.D.
Puerto Rico is almost a state of the union. Puerto Rico is currenlty a commonwealth of the United States. Puerto Rico and the United States share almost everything. All Puerto Ricans are US citizen and they can become a president of the United States. Puerto Ricans living in Puerto Rico can't vote for the president and they do not pay federal taxes. But once they move to any of the 50 states they have the… Read More
Most of the USA is made of 50 states and the District of Columbia. Puerto Rico is not a state and the people who live aren't treated as thought they came from a state or W.D.C.
No, having the observatory has NOTHING to do with the necessity for a U.S. passport. I´ll explain to you the little history that I know about Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico was adquired by the U.S. in 1898 after they had won the Spanish-American War in 1898. Later, in the ´50´s (in 1952 I believe), Puerto Rico´s political status was elevated to a "commonwealth/estado libre asociado." Since then, Puerto Ricans have been American citizens just like… Read More
Puerto Ricans have the same rights as any other citizen of the United States. RESIDENTS of Puerto Rico do not have federal representation nor the vote for president. However a Puerto Rican-born citizen has the right to vote for president if he is a resident of another US State. There is a question that has not be completely answered whether a Puerto Rican born person can run for President or not. Puerto Ricans are citizens… Read More
There are a number of reasons why it would make sense for Puerto Rico to become the 51st state. One is that a slight majority of Puerto Ricans wish to fully join the United States. Puerto Ricans are already considered U.S. citizens, although they cannot vote in U.S. elections unless they live in the United States (and not in Puerto Rico). Further, Puerto Ricans already pay some forms of U.S. federal taxes, Social Security, and… Read More
Puerto Rica has a special relationship with the United States: it is a territory of the United States, which means that Puerto Ricans has the priveliges of an American citizens while their island retains some independence. They are NOT a state.
Puerto Ricans travel to America, or any other country in the world, primarily by plane. Since they have US citizenship, since the Jones Act of 1917, they do not need a passport when traveling to US soil; it is much like traveling from one state to another. You can get a flight from the International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to quite a few major cities in the US.
Rephrase your question. There is no strictly Puerto Rican citizenship, Puerto Rican residents ARE US citizens. As fas as the presidency goes, Puerto Ricans are not allowed to vote for the President of the United States because they are not residents of a US State.
Why do majority of Puerto Ricans decide to move to NY state first from the island of Puerto Rico-I am PR myself?
Because there are more project buildings in NYC than anywhere else
For the same reason that some one born in the District of Columbia (A US Territory not part of a state) who moves to Virginia is not called an immigrant to the U.S. Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and all Puerto Ricans are U.S. Citizens. Same goes for US Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam.
Puerto Rico has three options on it's political status. Statehood, Commonwealth (Current), and Independence from the United States. The topic is very debated on the island as there are three political parties and each one has it's ideology. Also, Puerto Rico is a Spanish-speaking commonwealth/nation, and Puerto Ricans are very proud of their language because Puerto Rico speaks its own language called Puerto Rican Spanish which is different from Spaniard Spanish or Mexican Spanish. The… Read More
The answer is Florida and maybe Puerto Rico if you count that as a state. It is becoming a state but we don't know when, or if they already did, then Puerto Rico would count.
Primarily, public opinion of Puerto Ricans are not in agreement on the issue. At about 50/50, some want to remain independent and some want statehood. Until that is decidedly unanimous, the US Congress will not take action on the issue. There is much controversy over the issue, but being brutally honest, the issue is racism/nationality and some Americans/whites do not want Puerto Ricans/latinos to have an equal say in the government as "ethnic" Americans/whites. The… Read More
Why puerto ricans can't vote for president in the general election as they are one of the states in U.S.A.?
Puerto Rico is NOT a state. They are a Commonwealth under the control of the United States. Puerto Rico is not a state; however, keep in mind that the District of Columbia received its three electoral votes with the 1961 passage of the 23rd Amendment to the United States Constitution and it is not a state. Due to this, it stands to reason that the American territories should have a say in their Commander-in -Chief… Read More
The citizens of Puerto Rico have voted several times on the issue for independence, however, thus far independence for Puerto Rico has been voted against. There are 3 main political parties in Puerto Rico: one is for statehood (make Puerto Rico the 51st state), one is for continued Commonwealth status (keep PR's status as it is), and one is for full independence. Any change would require a majority vote of Puerto Ricans resident on the… Read More
Puerto Rico is not a state in the Union that is the United States of America. Puerto Rico is a an organized territory of the United States, and operates as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in free association with the United States. Puerto Rico has local autonomy but the US has the final say in defense and certain finances, and Federal laws and statutes apply. Although Puerto Rican's are US citizens, they do not pay… Read More
They can come and go if they please from island to island , and they are protected by the us government. There have been three island-wide votes on the question, and maintaining the current status has one each time. That suggests that Puerto Ricans may continue to want to remain an organized territory of the US, rather than become a state or become fully independent.
The largest benefit Puerto Rico would gain by being admitted to the union as a State is representation in government. Right now Puerto Rico has one non-voting representative in Congress, and no say in Presidential elections. With statehood, Puerto Rico would have about 6 voting representatives in the House, and 2 Senators along with about 8 Electoral votes in a presidential election. With Statehood, Puerto Rico would receive much more federal money for all sorts… Read More
Puerto Rico, officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Spanish: "Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico" - literally Associated Free State of Puerto Rico), is a self-governing unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, east of the Dominican Republic and west of the Virgin Islands. Puerto Ricans are US Citizens since 1917.
From the 2nd Sun. of Mar. to the 1st Sun. of Nov. the time in Cuba and Puerto Rico is the same (UTC-4). From the 1st Sun. of Nov. to the 2nd Sun. of Mar., Puerto Rico (UTC-4) is 1 hour ahead of Cuba (UTC-5). 7 AM CUST (Cuba Nov-Mar) = 8 AM CUDT (Cuba Mar-Nov) = 8 AM AST (Puerto Rico)
Puerto Rico , officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is an unincorporated territory of the United States. Since the summer of 2007, the Puerto Rico Department of State began to emit Puerto Rican citizenship certifications to Puerto Ricans, as is already done by other US states. However, in matters of international law, a citizen of Puerto Rico is considered a United States citizen. Yes, since 1917.
Puerto Ricans pay PLENTY of taxes to the United States federal government. However PERMANENT residents of Puerto Rico are exempt from paying federal income tax on money earned in Puerto Rico. The reason is Puerto Ricans do not have a vote in Presidential elections and do not have any voting representation in Congress. It is an outgrowth of "no taxation without representation". Puerto Rican residents pay federal income tax on any income earned from outside… Read More
Puerto Ricans don't pay taxes or have political autonomy. What they do have is a Governer like the 50 states in the United States. They are not a state but a Territory which they call a commonwealth. The big difference is that the United States is a part of a continent and Puerto Rico is merely an island in the Caribbean and still part of the United States.
Residents of Puerto Rico can take the test to get their learners' permit at the age of 16. Three months later they may take the driver's test to get their driver's license. A person must have a learner's permit for three months (or a valid driver's license from another US State) to get a Puerto Rico driver's license.
(Update) P.R. passed a non-binding referendum to become the 51st state ... ... Well the closet non State to be consider for Statehood is Puerto Rico and there have been many debts on the matter and votes taken and in every vote taken Puerto Ricans have voted not to join the United Stats as a State and remain a common wealth ...
Puerto Rico has a long history of a minority of nationalists who seek complete independence plus another group seeking to maintain the status quo.
Puerto Rico is not a state, but rather a Commonwealth of the United States. This status provides local autonomy to the island and allows Puerto Rico to publicly display its flag. However, the government of Puerto Rico, while ostensibly a local responsibility, falls ultimately on the U.S. Congress. The elected governor of Puerto Rico occupies the highest public office on the island. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, and make up about 1.3% of the total… Read More
If puerto ricans and hawaians are considered US citizens then why are they viewed as less American than someone from say Kentucky?
both are citizens of the United States. Hawaii is a state but Puerto Rico has not yet voted to become a state so they would not have senators or represenatives in Congress as those positions are based on statehood ie. each state will elect 2 senators and representatives based on population. I do believe that they can now vote for president but that was a special decision made by congress since basic voting rights are… Read More
Consent of the residents. Consent of the US Congress. The signature if the US President.
Since 1952. Yet, Puerto Ricans are still very fearful of this change if it ever happens because they do not want to loose their language, which is mainly Spanish. They also fear the laws, goverment, and education of the United States since they do not want to loose their culture and traditions.
With 4,000,000 residents and another 3,000.000 Puerto Ricans who have become residents of other US States or of other countries it seems a logical progression. It becomes a hard sell not because they speak Spanish (many Americans do by choice), but because they have had 100 years to "become modern Americans" and instead have clung to the Spanish History and culture and to the dream of Independence. If a referendum on their future status is… Read More
There are not any new states in the US at this time but Hawaii is the "newest" (1950's). There is some talk about Puerto Rico becoming a state also.
Only time will tell. However, it is likely that there will be at least one more state, Puerto Rico. There have been talks of Puerto Rico achieving statehood for a long time, but as time goes by these statements get closer to becoming a reality.
Citizens of Puerto Rico are Citizens of The United States of America. Puerto Rico became a territory of the US in 1898. On March 2, 1917 President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act, granting Puerto Ricans U.S. citizenship. From that point forward all persons born in the US territory of Puerto Rico are automatically US Citizens just like any resident of any state in the union. The Jones-Shafroth Act was passed in response to a… Read More
Puerto Rico is not in any state. It is in the Caribbean.