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Students Debate Puerto Rico’s Relationship with United States

By: Samantha Stern,  The Cornell Daily Sun
November 8, 2017

While the University is expecting to welcome up to 58 Universidad de Puerto Rico students for a free semester at Cornell in the wake of Hurricane Maria, faculty and students on campus hosted a panel to debate the very question of Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States.

“We need to begin by problematizing the whole issue of being ‘American citizens,’” said native Puerto Rican Prof. Vilma Santiago-Irizarry, anthropology and Latino/a studies. “Because we’re not. The basis for our citizenship is not constitutional.”

This article originally appeared in the Cornell Daily Sun

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