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Jamaica to become a U.S territory – Andrew Holness hints

The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, has told the media that Jamaica is on the verge of becoming a territory of the United States.

According to Andrew Holness, Jamaica would be joining Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa to become permanently inhabited territory of the United States.

“This has been a request on the table for quite sometime. Trump administration has made it very favorable for us.” – The PM said.

“Jamaican envoy are expected to be in the U.S soon to append signatures on documents” – he added.

As a territory of the United States, Jamaica would become a sub-national administrative division directly overseen by the United States federal government.

Despite being overseen by the United States, Jamaica would have an organized government through an Organic Act passed by the U.S. Congress.

The country will also have local voting rights and protections under U.S. courts, pay some U.S. taxes, and have limited representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Jamaicans will elect “Members of Congress” who, like the delegate from Washington, D.C., “possess the same powers as other members of the House, except that they may not vote when the House is meeting as the House of Representatives.”

As a member of the U.S territories, Jamaica automatically becomes part of the U.S and as such would not require visas when traveling to the U.S.

Andrew Holness hinted that, plans are far advanced for Jamaica to be recognized as a U.S territory.

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