No, they certainly aren’t.
I was married to a native of Arecibo for 23 years and visited the island many times.
I was always shocked to see so many apparently able-bodied adults under retirement age who were not employed yet living well. The reason I was given? They get “a check.” And the inevitable “cupones”(food stamps).
I’d just like to know why there is a different standard for a non-federal income tax paying territory than for the rest of the country.
We really need to tell PR to “sh*t or get off the pot”, i.e., become a full fledged state (and pay income tax) or have full independence.