I sure hope that Nelson A. Denis is correct about this …. Hope Sonia is s genius …. Hope all these potential laws would be written … and Puerto Rico could make these laws on their own w/o US Congress intervention. Otherwise, Puerto Rico is indeed a COLONY! All my fingers are crossed!!
On January 13, during the oral arguments in Puerto Rico v. Sánchez Valle, Sonia Sotomayor made some astounding declarations.
As reported in USA Today, she emphasized that Puerto Rico is not a colony, but “a free associated state…literally.”
In the hearing transcript itself, on page 47, she declared that “before 1952, Congress could veto Puerto Rico’s laws. It has relinquished that right.”
To many people (including this writer) Puerto Rico is still a colony, and the U.S. Congress has continuing jurisdiction over the island’s legislature through Article IV, Section 3, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution, also known as the “Territorial Clause.”
The Territorial Clause states that “Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States.”
Buy maybe Sonia is right.
Maybe we should all put a finger to…
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