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  • #16
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by SunDevilUSA:
    Hudson: Once again, you're wrong. Citizens of the Northern Mariana Islands have been U.S. Citizens since 1986. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Although you are referring to Presidential Declaration no. 5564, you are incorrect that all residents of CNMI are automatically US Citizens. That is not the case at all. Section 301 of the Covenant states, "The following persons and their children under the age of 18 years on the effective date of this Section, who are not citizens or nationals of the United States under any other provision of law, and who on that date do not owe allegiance to any foreign state, are declared to be citizens of the United States, except as otherwise provided in Section 302;

    (a) all persons born in the Northern Mariana Islands who are citizens of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands on the day preceding the effective date of this Section, and who on that date are domiciled in the Northern Mariana Islands or in the United States or any territory or possession thereof;

    (b) all persons who are citizens of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands on the day preceding the effective date of this Section, who have been domiciled continuously in the Northern Mariana Islands for at least five years immediately prior to that date, and who, unless under age, registered to vote in elections for the Mariana Islands District Legislature or for any municipal election in the Northern Mariana Islands prior to January 1, 1975; and

    (c) all persons domiciled in the Northern Mariana Islands on the day preceding the effective date of this Section, who, although not citizens of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, on that date have been domiciled continuously in the Northern Mariana Islands beginning prior to January 1, 1974."

    As you can see, there are exceptions and it is quite possible that the OP's mother falls within one of the three exceptions. You are also making an error assuming the OP's mother was not a US National at the time of the Presidential Declaration. Next time, do some proper research before you give an half assed answer.
    "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." John Adams on Defense of the boston Massacre

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    • #17
      Let me give you all a brief, yet thorough history lesson and an explanation as to where, why, when, how and what it means to be a Puerto Rican Citizen and its ties with the USA.

      1493 - Puerto Rico becomes a Spanish colony
      1898 - Puerto Rico becomes an American colony
      1952 - Puerto Rico becomes a US Commonwealth

      1. In Puerto Rico:

      a) federal tax exemption, not local
      b) no Presidential, nor state voting rights, only local governor
      c) Congressional representation only, no voting rights
      d) National Olympic Team
      e) local and federal laws both applied
      f) full US citizenship by/on birth, no residency required/applied/needed
      g) US currency only
      h) Spanish 1st, English 2nd
      i) both Puerto Rican and American Constitutions
      j) minimum work wage of $5.15 p/h
      k) work related benefits and retirement plans subject to both federal and local law

      2. In the US:

      a) state and federal taxes both applied
      b) Presidential and state voting rights
      c) state and federal laws both apply
      d) English 1st, Spanish 2nd
      e) full US citizenship by/on birth, no residency required/applied/needed
      f) absentee voting rights
      g) minimum work wage more than $5.15 p/h
      h) work related benefits subject to federal law only

      Spanish speaking only Central and South American countries do not consider Puerto Rico a Latin American country per se and see Puerto Ricans as full-bloodied North Americans. On the other hand, English only speaking North Americans in the continental US think the complete opposite way.

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