Anchor Babies (Birth Right Citizenship)

Discussion in 'Political Discussions' started by NorCal, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    In my local area close to 75% of the residents are of Hispanic descent. Almost all the people I deal with on a daily basis are Hispanic - Gardener, bankers, law enforcement, teachers, grocery store, barber, sales people, and restaurant staff among many others. They are without exception very nice people and provide great service. I rarely hear negative comments about them from my wasp/j acquaintances.

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  2. HikaruBr

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  3. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    It is one of several self-governing territories of the USA.

    Years ago there was a survey conducted with the result that roughly 1/3 of the PR population wanted statehood, 1/3 wanted independance (remember the shootings in Congress?), and 1/3 wanted to retain the current status.
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  4. HikaruBr

    HikaruBr Member

    Well, I'll leave at that because I'm not 100% sure of what I said :p

    My information came from two friends of mine, a Puerto Rican and a American girl. She told she wouldn't be able to vote if she moved there. I thought that was weird and went to check in the internet (very superficially I have to add) and in some places the information was exactly like she told me.

    But I'm my sources could be totally wrong :)
  5. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Sort of.

    Residents of Puerto Rico don't vote for president, because the Electoral College system only includes states and the District of Columbia. They also do not send voting members to the House of Representatives or the Senate, just a single non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives. However, they do vote in elections for territorial and local positions, just as any state resident would in their own state.

  6. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    You are correct - if a 50-states citizen moves to a us territory he (or she) can not vote for president of US (strange since he can vote from any other country). Also he would not be liable for federal income tax on income from the territory in which he lives (but pays tax on income from outside of his territory. (This assumes he does not maintain a residence in the 50-states or DC).

    What I like about degreeinfo that you learn some interesting stuff.
  7. muaranah

    muaranah New Member

    If they are legal residents or citizens when it comes time to collect Social Security and use Medicare, they will be eligible. If they have been low earners during their working life in the US, they (and any other low earner) will take more out under current rules than they pay in. If you are a low earner, the amount of sales tax you pay probably pales in comparison to the amount of social services your family consumes and may not compensate for the downward pressure on other low earners' wages caused by the additional presence of low-skilled workers competing for the same jobs.

    It's not always easy to properly account for the affects of the Haitian influx or other forms of immigration, but if we are going to discuss it, a 360 degree view is necessary.
  8. raristud

    raristud Member

    Federal employees working in Puerto Rico are not exempt from paying federal income taxes. Businesses in Puerto Rico must withhold federal employment taxes and thus citizens in Puerto Rico pay into medicare and social security. "Employers in Puerto Rico are subject to the taxes imposed by the Federal Income Contribution Act (FICA) (Social Security and Medicare taxes) and the Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA). An employer is a person or organization for whom a worker performs services as an employee. As an employer you are required to withhold, report, and pay employment taxes."

    Tax Topics - Topic 903 Federal Employment Tax in Puerto Rico
  9. raristud

    raristud Member

    Residents participate in the presidential primary voting process. They can not vote in the general elections unless their primary residence is a state or Washington DC.

    U. S. Electoral College FAQs

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