The Jersey City Municipal Council has passed a resolution urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to designate Temporary Protective Status to Filipino’s staying in the United States and Filipino American Legal Defense & Education Fund President J.T.S. Mallonga told NJTV News Senior Correspondent Desiree Taylor that he is confident that Homeland Security will grant the request.
Mallonga said that the status would allow Filipino’s, an estimated 30,000 in the United States, to acquire work authorization. He said it also helps with being able to travel to the Philippine’s to their loved ones and help them rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the typhoon.
“It’s not going to give them any permeant legal status. It is primarily a humanitarian form of aid. It is in the light of the typhoon,” Mallonga said.
Mallonga said at this point in time, the devastation is so significant in the Philippine’s from the typhoon.
“We are definitely confident that the homeland security will grant tho request. It was recoded as the strongest typhoon in history. In addition, we also have the support of the senate and the house,” Mallonga said.