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Author: Maroua Mesbah

A Federal Appeals Court Just Denied Birthright Citizenship to American Samoans Using Racist Caselaw

The U.S. Court of Appeals is denying citizenship to the people of American Samoa. They used racist case law, that don’t have a place in today’s society, in order to reach their decision. “Known as the Insular Cases, the Supreme Court in the early years of the 20th century created a distinction between the rights of newly acquired island territories such as American Samoa and Puerto Rico and territories such as Arizona that they assumed would one day become states—and which were increasingly populated by white people.” Although the American Samoans are currently being denied their birthright, this doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. An appeal in the future, to a more liberal D.C. circuit, may better their...

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Be Thankful, California. At Least You’re Not Puerto Rico.

This article addresses the severity of Puerto Rico’s drought in comparison to the scarce water conditions in California. The situation in Puerto Rico Surpasses the issue of little rainfall, but it encompasses the weak economy and the lack of water storage availability. “California’s drought is bad, but not this bad. For one thing, drinking water rationing would be unthinkable in California. In the limited areas of California that have run out of drinking water, domestic wells ran dry due to overuse by neighboring farmers—not due to a lack of total supply. Thanks to unimaginably ambitious public works projects in the past, California still has enough total water supply, it’s just not being allocated efficiently. Due to years of neglect, Puerto Rico is heading into this drought without much wiggle room.” Puerto Rico’s drought seems to be heading in a downhill direction with little to no solutions in...

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Puerto Rico should pay its debts

Former speaker of the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico Jennifer Gonzalez refers back to Puerto Rico’s morals and values when it comes to resolving the island’s debt problem. Puerto Ricans have always been taught to keep promises and pay back their debt and Gonzalez believes that this should also apply when it comes to the governance of the island. “As Puerto Ricans, we were raised to know that we pay our debts and we keep our promises. When it comes to the body politic that represents all of us, this situation is no different. Let’s not throw an obstacle into our long-term prospects and hurt our ability to access the capital markets down the road. Instead, let’s take the high road, follow our moral values and abide by our commitments.” She believes filing for bankruptcy will only hurt Puerto Rico in the long run. Sometimes when someone presents an argument against proposed solutions, they fail to provide alternatives. However, Gonzalez not only stated the consequences of filing for bankruptcy, she also provided different available options to pay back the debt. This makes her argument that much...

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