March 2, 1917

On March 2, 1917, the citizens of the American Territory of Puerto Rico were granted US citizenship with the enactment of the Jones Act. This means for the last 100 years, Puerto Ricans have been American citizens with all the rights and duties and privileges of an American citizen. They can even vote for the President and even run for the office of President. But they don’t have any Senators or Representatives or any electoral college votes. They’re citizens, but they don’t have any representatives in the federal government and their votes for President just don’t matter. You’d think after the last four years, they’d push really hard for statehood.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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