Have you ever heard the phrase Newyorican? Its a term many New yorkers use to address Puerto Ricans that live in Newyork but still hold their culture from Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans were the first of immigrants to come to the states by plane, and by the end of the 1940's tens of thousands Puerto Ricans had come to the United States in search of work and starting a new life with a better economic living. Instead they were judged and discriminated against and still are till this day. Because Puerto Rico is not technically a state Americans saw Puerto Ricans as outsiders coming in a taking their work and "uncivilized people" they complained that Ricans took up money from the government on welfare. The level of prejudiceness became such an issue between the city and the island that they even gave the situation a name ... "The Puerto Rican Problem". It truley makes you wonder what this country is about when immigrants come to the United States to work and escape poverty and they are greeted with this hate just because they came from different backgrounds. Puerto Ricans went through so much racism for years, its clear if americans had the ability to put down a whole race of people who basically had no choice but to assimilate to the U.S. for economic restoration for their island; Americans are the ones who have complete power and control in this situation.
PuertoRicans were first "welcomed" to the states after World War II . Islanders were living in poverty, their economy was not doing well at all so this was a perfect chance to improve situations. Being there were plenty of jobs available after the war the United States was a hegemon in the world. This again shows who had the upper hand over all.
papers were even written about them claiming the Puerto Rican government had to regulate the amount of islanders moving to the states.