There are a lot of quotes, or remarks that have a special meaning for
thePuerto Rico-USA relationship and particularly for American Citizenship.
We created this page to preserve these beautiful and meaningful thoughts:
- Anibal Acevedo Vila, June 23, 1998; U. S. Senate, Committee
on Energy and Natural Resources. Hearings on sovereignty under S. 472:
- "We should not be forced to give up our children's U.S.
citizenship so that we can get a fuller measure of
- Sila Maria Calderon, Caribbean Business, December 3, 1998:
- "I have never felt like a second-class citizen. I consider
myself a U.S. citizen. I appreciate and treasure my U.S. citizenship.
I would never renounce or consider loosing that citizenship. I want my
children and their children to always have it."
- "The people from Puerto Rico already decided they want to be
permanently linked to the United States. There's nothing else to be
said about that matter."
- Jose de Diego, 1906:
- "We wish to be citizens of the United States or citizens of
Puerto Rico. In either case, with all the inherent rights of a natural
- Jose de Diego, April 9, 1910, U.S. House of Representatives:
- "If the U.S. flag in Puerto Rico covers an American
territory, we Puerto Rican, by natural rights, are perfect U.S.
citizens. U.S. citizenship should not be imposed on a Puerto Rican if
he does not want it, but if there is a law making all Puerto Ricans
ipsofacto U.S. citizens, then the ideals of the people of Puerto Rico
would be achieved."
- Rafael Herandez Colón, 1998, "The Nation, Century to
- "Who are we and where are we going? We are pure and
irrevocably Puerto Rican, a nation with a defined culturewe're not
North Americans, although we are U.S. citizens and we're proud to
- Luis Muñoz Rivera, May 5, 1916:
- "My country unanimously requested U.S. citizenship many
times. It requested it under the promises of General Miles when he
disembarked in Ponce. Give us statehood and we would welcome your
glorious citizenship for us and our children."
- Lola Rodríguez de Tío
- "America belongs to the world, the greatest of all nations!
America is noble, America is great!"
- "Cheers, cheers to America! Spread out your flag, let the
light from your stars, illuminate the entire world."
- Ralph Reed
- "It is only fitting that a Republican Congress should give
the people of Puerto Rico what so many Republican presidents sought to
achieve a way fo determine for themselves the governmant they shoud
- General Nelson Miles, July 25, 1898
- "We ahve not come to make war against the people of a
country that has been oppressed, but to bring them protection, promote
prosperity, and bring them the blessings of the liberal institutions
of our government."
- Luis Muñoz Marin, July 17, 1951, Barranquitas
- "What we have to guard against in this world we live in is
not to confuse love for our patria (pueblo) with small, futile and
naive concepts of nationalionalism and national state."
- Luis Muñoz Marin, July 25, 1967, on the July 25th
- "There should be no doubt about our dedication to permanent
union and our purpose of enriching the meaning of American
citizenship, not only for Puerto Rico, but to all our fellow citizens
of the United States, for their prestige in America and in the
Many more to be included. We welcome your suggestions.
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