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Christopher Columbus arrived at Puerto Rico in He originally called the island San Juan Bautista, but thanks to the gold in the river, it was soon known as Puerto Rico, or "rich port;" and the capital city took the name San Juan. Soon, Puerto Rico was a Spanish colony on its way to becoming an important military outpost. Puerto Rico began to produce cattle, sugar cane, coffee and tobacco, which led to the importation dating Charlotte North Carolina NC distance online slaves from Africa.

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The United States has not granted statehood to a jurisdiction since when Alaska was admitted on Jan. According to the National Constitution Center, the basic process most used for a state to the Union, and the foundational date ideas Moreno Valley CA ks used every time since West Virginia ed inhas been for Congress to first make the jurisdiction a US territory, asking for a local constitution that conforms to the US Constitution.

Ten were the partial admission of a territory.

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Some territories became a state, and the residual portion of the territory was reorganized as a new community. One state California was created out of unorganized federal land. One state was formed from a bounded nation Texas. And four states Vermont, Kentucky, Maine, and West Virginia were created from land legally held by existing states. For more on the history of the individual DC and Puerto Rico statehood debates. The District is deemed to be a State for the purpose of levying and collecting federal and local taxes, for service in the armed forces, for diversity jurisdiction, and for regulating commerce.

Baker, Jr. But residents have only non-voting representation in the US House and no representation in the Senate, which means residents have no say in Senate committees, leadership of government agencies, ambassadors, or federal judges. DC residents pay the highest per-capita federal taxes in the United States, and more total federal income tax than residents of 22 other states. Puerto Ricans were granted citizenship in Mar.

However, the Charlotte North Carolina NC woman looking for husband. DC has aboutcitizens and Puerto Rico about 3. Admission of DC would make it the second majority nonwhite state after Hawaii. Puerto Rico is These efforts to minimize the impact of nonwhite votes, whether motivated by pretty woman Joliet IL dating partisanship or explicit white supremacy, are a legacy of the most shameful part of American history.

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This is the context in which D. The Republican argument that adding DC or Puerto Rico is a ploy to unfairly gain more liberal voters is hypocritical and belies how Republicans brought in a of states. Hawaii was granted statehood in order to gain Republican representation after Alaska provided Democrats a boost. Making DC a state would require not just a simple act of Congress, but a constitutional amendment one of which has already failed to be ratifiedand the revocation of Amendment 23, which gave DC voting rights in places to go on a date in Irving TX elections and electoral college votes.

The United States occupied Puerto Rico intaking the island from the Spanish to ensure a strong military presence in the Caribbean and access to a canal through Panama, not to add a state to the union.


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While Puerto Ricans have since been granted citizenship and constitutional protections, the island was never meant to be a US state. Washington, D. Stung by their lack of appeal in rural America exacerbated free chat line numbers Greensboro NC their utter unwillingness to tryadding D. Washington, DC. The debate over whether to give DC representation in Congress has been raging since when the district lost voting representation and became the seat of the US federal government with the passage of the District of Columbia Organic Act that year.

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When the 23rd Amendment was ratified in elite dating Atlanta GA, DC was allowed to vote in the presidential elections, and it was granted Electoral College votes proportional to the population but not more than the least populous state which has meant 3 votes since InCongress passed the Home Rule Act, which allowed DC to elect a mayor and council to self-govern to some degree, though all legislation and the DC budget must still be approved dating an iranian Trenton NJ man can be denied by Congress.

The statehood debate did not pick up steam until when J. Edward Guinan, a former priest, authored the first statehood initiative. The New Columbia Statehood commission later found no evidence that the request was ever considered by the federal government.

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Campaigns, referendums, and bills in both the House chinese dating show Merced Senate to grant DC statehood have been plentiful since the s, but none have been passed by both houses of Congress. The online dating Lubbock in english House bill failed to in The bill was passed by the House a second time on Apr.

The Biden Administration aled support of the bill on Apr. Nevertheless, the Senate aled a hearing would be held by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee beginning on June 22, An Apr. Puerto Rico. Prior to the war, Puerto Rico had been planning to implement an autonomous government under Spain.

The US wanted Puerto Rico specifically to build a strong naval military presence in the Caribbean which continues to this dayand to ease access to the then in-progress Panama Canal which would be completed in Puerto Ricans are US citizens by birth. They cannot, however, vote in US presidential elections, and may only elect a resident commissioner to the US House of Representatives who may vote in committees only.

Residents also pay other federal taxes such as Social Security and Medicare. The Puerto Rican government is structured like that of the US with an executive branch consisting of a democratically elected governor, a legislative branch, and a judicial branch. Puerto Ricans may dating Philadelphia Pa suburbs their constitution as long as there are no conflicts with the US Constitution.

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Though Puerto Ricans have striven for autonomy since under Spanish colonial rule, the statehood debate took shape when Alaska and Hawaii were admitted as states in A commission appointed by the Congress concluded three options were available for Puerto Rico: commonwealth, statehood, or independence. The entire island population was to vote on the options in July Five other island-wide votes were held between and Most Puerto Ricans participated in the Nov. Sumy Olympia dating agency third vote in Dec.

A Nov. Free internet dating Rockford, the wording of the question did not offer a non-statehood option resulting in the question being Palmdale gooding jr dating blank by many voters. Puerto Ricans voted a sixth time in Nov. Like Puerto Rico, residents of the islands cannot vote in presidential elections with a few small exceptionsand do not have a voting representative in Congress, but instead each has a delegate who can only vote in committees.

US federal taxation also works like the system in Puerto Rico with island-only residents and employees not paying US federal income taxes. American Samoa is the only one of the five territories in which residents are not US citizens by birth but are instead classified as US nationals.

The populations of these island territories are arguably so small that the statehood debate is difficult to apply.

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Collectively, the island populations are slightly smaller than that of Cleveland, Ohio. When considering the statehood debate for DC and Puerto Rico, also thinking about the roughlypeople living in other US territories in similar situations might be fruitful.

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Discussion Questions. Should Washington, DC, be granted statehood?

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Should Puerto Rico be granted statehood? Why or why not? What other policies could mitigate the problems seen by proponents of statehood? Explain your answer s. Should any or all of the other US territories be granted statehood? What other measures might be considered, if any, to resolve the lack of representation in Congress, citizenship, and other concerns?

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Consider how you felt about the issue before reading this article. After reading the pros and cons on this topic, has your thinking changed? If so, how?

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List two to three ways. Push for the position and policies you support by writing US national senators and representatives. Mature women dating Georgia citation depends on your preferred or required style manual.

Here are the proper bibliographic citations for this according to four style manuals in alphabetical order :. Pro 1 DC residents are American citizens who are treated like second-class citizens.

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Pro 2 Puerto Rico residents are American citizens who are treated like second-class citizens. Pro 3 Denying DC and Puerto Rico statehood is a racist and hypocritical partisan ploy by conservatives to deny voting rights to about 3. Con 1 DC was never intended to be a US state. Con 2 Puerto Rico was never intended to be a US state. Chicago 17th ed. MLA 8th ed. Turabian 8th ed. Last modified on June 23, Accessed August 17, best date restaurants in Portland Oregon Eric Biber and Thomas B.

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