The Jones Act of 1917 provided for the collective naturalization of the residents of Puerto Rico. Congress subsequently enacted a "birthright" provision in the Nationality Act of 1940 granting a native-born status to Puerto Ricans. Yet, many policymakers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico erroneously believe or deceivingly propose that U.S. citizenship for island-born Puerto Ricans residing in Puerto Rico is contingent upon the resolution of the territorial status of Puerto Rico.
In the special Jones Act 100th Anniversary issue of CENTRO: The Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, University of Connecticut Professor Charles Venator-Santiago and other experts demonstrate that Puerto Ricans' U.S. Citizenship is permanent and irreversible.
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March 16, 2017 University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR at 7:30 p.m. (POSTPONED. NEW DATE--MARCH 28)