Despite the long relationship the U.S. has enjoyed with the “Enchantress of the Caribbean”, Puerto Rico and its residents on the island and on the mainland remain a mystery to other Americans.
As a public service, Robles & Rosado will help clear up any confusion for you and save you the time and exertion necessary to Google the complicated relationship Puerto Rico and Uncle Sam share.
[Puerto Rico] belongs to the U.S. as an “unincorporated” territory. Unincorporated territories of the U.S. are places where the country’s constitution does not apply by default, except for in the case of certain “fundamental rights” owed to all Americans.
The “Temptress of the Antilles”, nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean just east of the Dominican Republic, must continue to offer up its “charms” to the U.S. of A. because…it has no other choice.
Uncle Sam can come and go, do as he pleases, leave a few dollars on the dresser and tell Borinquen to buy a new dress for the next time. He doesn’t have to put a ring on it.
I’d like to propose a new slogan for the island’s tourism board. Puerto Rico: U.S. Side Chick Since 1898.
Here endeth the lesson.
Also on the show we discuss the troubling revelation that U.S. born Latino and Latina teens feel the psychological effects of racism and discrimination more than adolescents born outside of the country. The article was a wake up call for the both of us.