It was, We, -the US - that took Puerto Rico away from Spain, in 1898. In 1917, we passed an act giving anyone born, in Puerto Rico, American Citizenship. The country is required to comply with the Jones Act and US shipping regulations, etc. They must register, in the event of a draft. They pay most federal taxes, including payroll, Social Security and Medicare taxes. They can travel freely between Puerto Rico and the US without a visa. They are already identified as a US territory. 131,000 have served in World War 1, 2 and the Vietnam war. If Puerto Rico wants their status changed, from a commonwealth to a statehood, they should have the option.