Calle 13's Residente Wants To Renounce U.S. Citizenship

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Calle 13's frontman, Rene Perez, opened up about his desire to give up his U.S. citizenship. The musician, who’s often been outspoken about political issues, said that he wouldn’t do it, however, because of the complex legal situations that would arise.

“If a Puerto Rican renounces American citizenship, he will be considered a foreigner,” the singer, who goes by the name “Residente”, said in a series of Twitter posts. “And [he] will be subject to the immigration and naturalization laws.”

According to Fox News Latino, his comments came after local media published an interview with the boricua from last November. In the interview, he said that would really like to have Puerto Rican nationality, which does not officially exist. 

For a Puerto Rican to give up American citizenship “signifies, among other things, that [he] would need a visa to travel to Puerto Rico or to live on the island, he couldn’t work in Puerto Rico without the authorization of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, nor would he be allowed to vote in the elections,” the singer said. 

This is not the first time Residente has spoken up about political issues in the United States and abroad. Earlier this year, the rap duo released a single “Multi_Viral” which targets censorship and media manipulation. The music video was shot in Palestine and tells the story of a teenager who attempts to transform an AK-47 into a guitar. 

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