Tue 19 Dec, 2017 05:31 pm
Some people in Puerto Rico favor independence (or free association) from the United States.
Even if the Puerto Ricans don't vote for independence, could the U.S. Congress vote to end U.S. association with Puerto Rico, thereby making it a separate country?
In 1934, Congress passed an act to dissolve the Insular Government of the Philippine Islands and replace it with the Commonwealth of the Philippines. This was intended to be a transitional government in preparation for the country's full achievement of independence in 1946, which duly took place. They could, I guess, do the same for Puerto Rico.
However, in 1917 Congress granted U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans. I don't know how that would be addressed.