NYC Council passes resolution urging DHS to grant Philippines TPS

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Dec. 20, 2013

The New York City council unanimously passed resolution 2057 Thursday, a resolution authored by Haitian-American councilmember Mathieu Eugene that urges the Department of Homeland Security to designate Temporary Protected Status to the Philippines.

The TPS designation would allow Filipino with expiring or expired visas to temporarily stay and work in the US while the Philippines recovers from Typhoon Yolanda.

“It is in the tradition of the United States of America to take decision, to help our people who are in need,” Councilmember Eugene said. “They did it for my country in Haiti when Haiti was hit by the Earthquake. I think this is very important that we come together to do the same thing for the Filipinos.”

“For the United States now to try to send people back to the Philippines when they are in this moment of crisis and this moment of need would create a further disaster in the Philippines,” City Council Chair of the Immigration Committee Daniel Dromm said.

Mark de los Reyes, who may be eligible for TPS, came to the US with an H1B work visa that expired in October.

Even with a computer engineering and nursing background, De Los Reyes says he can only find work as a housekeeper now that he is out of status.

His wife’s work visa has also expired and is now working as a nanny and a caregiver.

TPS would give us temporary working authorization, so there’s a chance for us to legally apply to different companies or hospitals,” De Los Reyes said.

While there is no guarantee as to when the DHS will designate the Philippines under temporary protected status, it is clear that there is a need for it and the support from local and national officials, as well as from community organizations, is growing.

From domestic workers’ organizations to religious organizations, these Filipino organizations are all calling on the DHS to issue TPS before the year ends.

“We’re asking that during this Christmas Season, the Department of Homeland Security and the Obama Administration should grant TPS for the Filipinos and grant it now,” Julian Jagudilla of St. Francis of Assissi said. “May you make a difference in the lives of Filipinos here in the states and also in the Philippines.”

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • HELLO
    21 December 2013 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Watch-out, this people is trying to open the door for people who don’t belong in America ? In philippines not all of the places had Typhoon Yolanda. Only places Typhoon Yolanda hit hard, you should maybe give TPS to help ? Don’t give TPS to places that wasn’t hit at all ? And keep on deporting back the people that don’t belong here in America. Your helping us in America by sending them back to the place they came from !

    • jason
      21 December 2013 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      To Hello whoever you are
      I pity such kind of people like you whose line of thinking demonstrates the kind of person you are, a RACIST. Giving help to anyone in need should have no boundaries. What wonders me is how can your neighbors and friends (if you have any) accept you with the kind of mentality that you possess. You are a very pathetic person probably unloved and full of hate and anger. You should be consulting your psychiatrist.

      • HELLO
        22 December 2013 at 7:30 am - Reply

        @Jason I forgot to tell you we Americans don’t like Free Riders in America do you understand what I saying ?

  • HELLO
    22 December 2013 at 7:11 am - Reply

    @Jason your so stupid, tell me why all of philipines was hit by Typhoon Yolanda think before you make a stupid remark? Do you understand what I said or do I have to talk to you in filipino ? Be careful when you tell someone to consulting a psychiatrist, I hate people like you go back to philipines where you be long ? What you clean toilets for a living ? Poor man !

  • Batang
    23 December 2013 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Mr. Hello … there are lot ignorance in your part … the reason for TPS in the Philippines is not only to help the Filipinos on affected areas … as the whole nation the Philippines impacted by Typhoon Yolanda … who do you think will pay for rehabilitation … it is not only the financial aid of other countries or private organizations … how about the Philippine government revenues from remittances of the Filipinos who worked abroad … also in the true sense that U.S. also benefiting from granting a temporary status to those Filipinos who are professional like engineers, nurses, etc. because this temporary provision helps the Secretary of Labor to provide the shorthanded manpower … there are many of positions for professional but where are the applicants … why do you think this country needs the immigration reform? … also remember when you work … you pay taxes … and the IRS happy with that!

  • HELLO
    23 December 2013 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    @Batang I think your on the wrong track ? You should understand what really is going with your people from philippines in America ? Than you can open you mouth ! Look around you if you live here in America and tell yourself if what you said is right about your people from philippines is engineers and nurses. I think a lot of them is working other jobs because in America if you can’t speak good english you can’t have a good job ?

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