With a population of about 3.7 million, Puerto Rico is by far the most populous US territory, and its people are considered US citizens. However, some American citizens have fewer rights than others. Although Puerto Ricans are considered natural-born citizens of the United States, they are unable to vote for president and are not represented in Congress. Even though there are more American citizens living in Puerto Rico than in 21 different US states, Puerto Rico is not a US state.
In 1917, Congress passed the Jones-Shafroth Act, which granted US citizenship to Puerto Ricans. At the time, opponents said that the United States had imposed citizenship in order to draft Puerto Rican men into the army during World War I.
Voting rights in US territories:
Wonderful! I did not know that the US had territories abroad where US citizens live but cannot vote for the President. Nor did I know Puerto Rico is a US territory. I had only heard about it. Thanks for enlightening me. --Suresh P, India