I believe that Puerto Rico and its citizens deserve a say in whether or not they become a state. They are US citizens and deserve to have the same voice as the rest of the country in our elections and in their representation in congress.
Two years ago, I spent a few days in Puerto Rico, and it left an impression on me. The people were hospitable, and the food was incredible. My hotel was between the ocean and a rainforest; it was an island paradise. It felt like going to a foreign country but never leaving home. In many respects, that's exactly what it is.
On my way to the airport, I spoke to my cab driver for nearly an hour about what it's like to be a Puerto Rican. They are American citizens and have the same rights as citizens who live stateside, but he said they're not treated like that. They don't get to vote in our elections, they have no Senators, and their representative in the US congress has limited voting privileges. They're an afterthought. That seems to be holding true in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico is a beautiful part of America and deserves the same support that other parts of our country receive, whether it is after a natural disaster or it's in their ability to restructure their own debt.
Please give them the choice of whether or not they want to have all of the same rights that the rest of US citizens have. Don't let them continue to be an afterthought in the halls of Congress.