That's it! I was trying to think of the term 'commonwealth' all weekend. Finally, after 24 hours of not being able to recall the term on my own, I just looked it up. Being a librarian, and all.

So, Puerto Rico is a commonwealth associated with the United States, and defined by the CIA World Factbook as "an unincorporated territory with commonwealth status." Citizens of Puerto Rico "possess all the rights and obligations of United States citizens such as paying Social Security, receiving federal welfare and serving in the armed forces, except for the right to vote in presidential elections and the obligation to pay federal taxes." More from the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration here.

Debate over political status continues.

1 comment:

Amy said...

So they can't vote! That sucks, but at least they don't have to pay federal taxes...