SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO--OCT. 2, 2017--Celso Melendez, age 25, and his dog Popeye live in Old San Juan, where Celso works as a bartender and studies chemical engineering. Celso feels it will be even harder for Puerto Rico to get statehood after the hurricane with all of the debt the island has taken on The debate over whether or not Puerto Rico should be given statehood has surfaced again with the attention hurricane Maria brought to the island. In Old San Juan, (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)
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