NAHJ: Sotomayor's parents are not immigrants

In some news reports, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's parents have been described as immigrants from Puerto Rico.

But Puerto Ricans aren't immigrants. They are U.S. citizens.

They don't need green cards, visas or passports to travel to the United States.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) wanted to alert the media and ask them to stop describing the nominee's parents as immigrants.

"To be factually correct, her Puerto Rican parents are not immigrants, as some journalists have reported, since island-born residents are U.S. citizens conferred by an act of Congress in 1917. People who move to the U.S. mainland from Puerto Rico are no more immigrants than those who move from Nebraska to New York," said an official statement from NAHJ.

Sotomayor was born in the Bronx. Some people might all her a "Nuyorican," a New York Puerto Rican.

Bottom line. She's American.


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  • Great point. Unfortunately, I am no longer surprised by our society's lack of geographic knowledge, ever since being recently asked (via Xbox Live) if Chicago was a city or a state. That question came from a middle-schooler in the neighboring state of Indiana, so what can we expect when we begin discussing the complexities of U.S. territories.

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