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Puerto Rico is unique in that it is an autonomous Commonwealth of the United States, and its people think of the island as un estado libre asociado, or a "free associate state" of the United States—a closer relationship than the territorial possessions of Guam and the Virgin Islands have to America. S House of Representatives by a resident commissioner, which for many years was a nonvoting position. Because of the Puerto Rico's commonwealth status, Puerto Ricans are born as natural American citizens.