By J. Font-Guzmán
Drawing from in-depth interviews with a bunch of Puerto Ricans who asked a certificates of Puerto Rican citizenship, criminal and ancient files, and respectable stories now not publicly obtainable, Jacqueline Font-Guzmán stocks how a few Puerto Ricans build and event their citizenship and nationwide id on the margins of the USA state.
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April 11, 1899), and not citizens of a foreign country, would become US citizens, unless they chose to renounce the US citizenship (§5b). At the time, only 288 persons opted out of the US citizenship (Maldonado Denis 1977, 103). This is not surprising since renouncing US citizenship and retaining Puerto Rican citizenship came with a hefty price: no political rights, including a ban on running for elective positions in government or participating in Puerto Rico’s electoral process (Jones Act §§10, 35).
Antecedents are found in individuals’ historical memories, written records, and commemorations (see, Devine-Wright 2003, 11). Many of the contributors to this study have consistently made references to many of the historical events, written records, and commemorations discussed in this chapter. Some examples are the Treaty of Paris, José De Diego’s speeches, court decisions, legislative bills, Grito de Lares, 22 M Puerto Rican Citizenship and Cultural Nationalism and legal documents. It is evident that their performativity of cultural nationalism and citizenship, the sense-making process of their experiences, as well as their negotiation of identities and belongings do not occur in a vacuum.
But the citizens of Puerto Rico are “as such” entitled to the protection of the United States. Therefore they are not citizens of Puerto Rico, which is not a State that can confer citizenship. Therefore they are not citizens of the United States. They are not aliens, for they are under the protection of the United States, and therefore do not belong to a foreign State. What is the status of a Puerto Rican under Foraker’s amendment? As was once inquired on a famous occasion by J. ” (Editorial 1900, 6).