100 Years of Puerto Rican American Citizenship


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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April 5, 2017 Roosevelt House, Hunter College, NYC at 6:00 p.m.

April 6, 2017 National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC at 6:00 p.m.

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April 05, 2017 at 6:00pm - 8pm


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