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Should Puerto Rico Be Given Statehood?
Puerto Rico has been a US territory since 1898. The 3.4 million people who live on the island are American citizens but cannot vote in presidential elections or elect a voting member of Congress. Residents of Puerto RIco do not pay federal income taxes, though they do pay payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare. There is no official process for a territory to become a state, but Puerto Rican officials have been lobbying for statehood since the 1960s.
Source: Alexia Fernández Campbell, "Puerto Rico's Push for Statehood, Explained," vox.com, Sep. 24, 2018
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