kamikaze asked in TravelCaribbeanPuerto Rico · 1 decade ago

Are Puerto Ricans US citizens?

From my understanding, Puerto Ricans are US citizens because Puerto Rico is a US territory.

1. If so, do Puerto Ricans have US passports?

2. Do they have the freedom to live and work in the mainland US for good?

3. Which language do Puerto Ricans speak mostly at home, at school and at work? Is it English or Spanish?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    First, Puerto Ricans are US citizens because of a US Congress law passed in 1917, and not just simply because the island of Puerto Rico is a US territory. This law is called the Jones-Shafroth Act.

    1. As US citizens, Puerto Ricans as issued US passports.

    2. The freedom to live and work in the US mainland is derived from the rights of being a US citizen. This freedom is only guaranteed as long as US Congress determines so. The US Congress has the power to change laws and the Jones-Shafroth Act is no different.

    3. The widely spoken language in the island is Spanish, whether at home, school or work. English is also spoken, but not widely. Regarding language fluency, the majority of Puerto Ricans speak fluent Spanish and about a quarter can also speak fluent English.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes Puerto Ricans are US citizens

    1.yes we have US passports and we can travel through the US with only an ID

    2.We can work over there just like if we were moving through PR

    3.We speak Spanish at home, school and work, over 50% of Puerto Ricans don't know English (shocking though), but we have an English class at our school that its required and we get better jobs if we know English and some words are mixed between English and Spanish in our every day talk.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yeah, we are US citizen since 1917 when the President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act.


    1) Yes we do have passports

    2) Yes, we have freedom to live at any of the 50 states and the right of get a job

    3) The native Language in Puerto Rico is Spanish. English is taught at schools but it is not the primary language in PR. At home, school and most of the jobs puertoricans speak, write and read Spanish

    I hope now you know a little bit more of Puerto Rico

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  • galle
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    3 years ago

    Puerto Rico Citizenship

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  • 4 years ago

    No! Puerto Ricans are NOT full constitutional United States Citizens as defined within the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution.

    Puerto Ricans do not have full constitutional rights. Especially their protection under The Bill of Rights is limited.

    Puerto Rico is an UNINCORPORATED United States Possession. Please research The United States Insular Possessions Act (Law) .

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, Puerto Ricans are US citizens.

    1. Yes, they are issued US passports.

    2. Yes, they may live and work on the mainland and stay for as long as they want.

    3. Puerto Ricans in PR generally speak Spanish at home, school and work.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes we are Us citizen, we use a US passport when traveling outside the US, we can work in the US without the need of a permit or visa, we speak mostly Spanish but some jobs may require someone who is completely bilingual and fluent in English.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes we are US citizens.

    We become a territory of the USA in 1898 after USA defeated Spain in a war. By 1917 with the Jones-Shafroth Act the US citizenship was otorgued to the people of PR.


    1. Yes, we use US Passports.

    2. We have the same freedom as any US citizen born at the states, to live/work at any place of the USA, for anytime we want.

    3. We speak mostly spanish at work, schools, and work. We have billingual schools, and universities teaching in english, and also some jobs where it is required to talk in english.

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  • 1 decade ago

    me being puerto rican

    1. yes they have passports

    2.they have freedom and are able to work in the us

    3.well at home we speak spanish and at work we speak spanish or english. at school i speak engllish among my friends and spanish to teachers

    Source(s): me
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  • 4 years ago

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    Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, and citizens of U.S. territories are American citizens, same goes for Guam, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and a number of other territories you've probably never heard of.

    • Lawrence2 years agoReport

      like what? I've heard of the ones that you listed

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