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Author: William-Jose Velez

González-Colón reacts to FEMA admitting its response in Puerto Rico was inadequate

Puerto Rico’s delegate to Congress, Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón reacted to reports of FEMA acknowledging in a report that it was unprepared for the disaster in Puerto Rico following Hurricane María. “After reviewing the report submitted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), we understand the agency itself acknowledged that their response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was not the best. This has been reiterated by agency officials in multiple congressional hearings. The lack of a detailed plan to replenish supplies in Puerto Rico, when 80% of the supplies located on the Island had been sent to the...

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US Department of Justice relies on racist SCOTUS rulings to argue against birthright citizenship for US territories

July 9 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Fourteenth Amendment, which constitutionalized America’s common-law guarantee of birthright citizenship. The Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted to overturn the Supreme Court’s infamous Dred Scott decision and enshrine an individual right to citizenship by birth on United States soil not subject to legislative whims. However, the Trump Administration is arguing that Americans born in US territories have no constitutional right to citizenship under the Citizenship Clause. A group of passport-holding, tax-paying Americans living in Utah who are denied recognition as citizens because they were born in American Samoa are pushing back, filing...

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Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands brace for possible storm impact

Without having fully recovered from Hurricane María, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are now bracing for the possible impact of Hurricane Beryl. The storm, which was initially forecasted to dissipate by the time it reached the islands, is now expected to pass as a tropical storm by the south of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Any impact, is likely to cause moderate to severe disruptions in the two US territories, neither of which has been able to restore normalcy after last hurricane season. In Puerto Rico, where the longest US power blackout in history has...

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After opposition from delegates, cockfighting ban not passed by Congress

Guam Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D) announced that the US Senate passed its version of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (also known as the 2018 Farm Bill) by a vote of 86 to 11, without any provisions imposing the federal cockfighting ban on Guam or the other US territories. Bordallo, along with her colleagues from other territories, worked to defeat an amendment offered by US Senator Ron Wyden (D) of Oregon that would have imposed the federal cockfighting ban onto the territories without their consent. Senator Wyden is the Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee responsible for US territories. US Senators Susan M. Collins...

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The Northern Mariana Islands added the US House’s 441st seat

Historically subject to the colonial powers of Spain, Germany, Japan, and now the United States, the Northern Mariana Islands have nevertheless been the cause, if at times ignored, important events. In fact, just in 2009, the Northern Mariana Islands added the US House’s 441st seat, with the addition of the first non-voting delegate from this territory. This fact alone serves to encapsulate the history, relations, and present condition of this US territory in the Pacific ocean. Possession of many powers Initially colonized by Spain in the early 1500s, the Mariana Islands were split off after Guam became a possession...

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