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Federal Judge rules that not granting Puerto Rico access to federal programs is unconstitutional
Federal Judge rules that not granting Puerto Rico access to federal programs is unconstitutional
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Judge William G. Young has ruled that the United States federal government "discriminates" Puerto Ricans by denying Supplemental Security Income and is unconstitutional. Nine plaintiffs had appealed to the courts.

The judge has granted the federal government a two-month administrative timeframe in which the ruling only applies to the nine plaintiffs and legal experts expect the government to appeal the ruling and probably take it to the highest instance, the United States Supreme Court.