In the months after the island’s recovery from Hurricane Maria, the plates issued to the millions of Puerto Ricans were mostly from the island that was devastated by the hurricane, the former British colony.
In the years since, the plate variety has become a staple of the island.
The plates have become a way to say Puerto Rico and to signify its identity and its pride.
But not all Puerto Ricos want plates like this anymore.
A group of Puerto Rican lawmakers in the state assembly are calling for an overhaul of the plates, which many people on the island say are not worth the extra cost and are an infringement of Puerto Rico’s right to self-determination.
The lawmakers are asking the state legislature to change the plate, which has been around since the 1930s and is considered an essential part of the Puerto Rican identity.
The plate is part of Puerto Rican culture and is a symbol of Puerto Cristobal, the governor of the territory, said Maria Rodriguez, the lawmaker from Puerto Rico, in a statement.
“Puerto Rico is not a colonial or a slave state, but a self-governing and sovereign territory of the United States and the United Kingdom, and that it should continue to be represented by the American flag, the flag of the state of Puerto rico,” she said.
Puerto Rico is the only U.S. territory that is not part of a U.K.-based Commonwealth.
“There are Puerto Rican plates that reflect that Puerto Rico should remain a state of the Commonwealth and be represented on the U.N. flag,” she added.
In a statement, Puerto Rico Tourism and the National Association of Puerto Rapperturers said they supported the change, adding that they believe it will help protect Puerto Rico from the “unacceptable” and “unfortunate” practices of some people in the U.
“We are also aware that some of these plates are in use by some groups and people on social media and do not represent Puerto Rico in a positive or respectful manner.
This is an issue we have discussed with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department for International Development, and we hope to see them address this as soon as possible.”
A representative for the Department has not responded to a request for comment.
The bill introduced in the Assembly has already passed the chamber and has been sent to Gov.
The proposal also has support from the Republican-controlled legislature, which last year approved a measure that would require all Puerto Rican passports to include a plate with a depiction of Puerto Rivera, a fictional island that has become popular in the tourism industry.
“We have to have a strong representation of Puerto Rica in the United Nations,” the Assembly member said.
“When you are a U.” member state, you have a role that you can play.
“You have to look at what is best for Puerto Rico.”
The bill was introduced in December and the Assembly was scheduled to vote on the issue again on Wednesday.