Why Puerto Rico is not a US state
- Published: 25 January 2018
- Nearly half of Americans don’t know that Puerto Ricans are US citizens. But they are, and have been since 1917.
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As residents of the US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans have US passports, can travel freely throughout the country and can serve in the military. But that doesn’t mean the US citizens who live in Puerto Rico get the same rights and benefits as US citizens stateside.
Watch the video above to understand how Puerto Rico became a US commonwealth, the tangled relationship that developed, and how it all affects prosperity and development on the island today.
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