Originally Posted By: twocats
Thanks for the clarification. I thought they didn't have to pay the same income taxes. Maybe I'll check that later.

http://gopuertorico.about.com/od/introductiontopuertorico/f/Statehood.htm

Yes, Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, and make up about 1.3% of the total population of the United States. They enjoy all the benefits of citizenship, save one: Puerto Ricans who live in Puerto Rico cannot vote for the U.S. President in the general elections (those who live in the United States are allowed to vote).

Does Puerto Rico Want to Become a U.S. State?
In general, there are three schools of thought on this issue:

The vast majority of Puerto Ricans want to keep the status quo and remain a Commonwealth.
A less popular but vocal camp is in favor of becoming a U.S. state. Their reasons center on the right to vote and increased funding from Washington, DC.
An increasingly smaller minority want independence for Puerto Rico, arguing that national pride and complete autonomy will be worth the growing pains of a new nation that is not supported by Federal aid.
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