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Johnson to Introduce Bill Asking U.S. to Allow Filipino Nationals to Stay as Typhoon Recovery Continues

(37th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT) – Citing the typhoon recovery crisis in the Philippines, Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson on Monday said he will introduce a resolution requesting the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security allow Filipino nationals to remain in the Unites States beyond their visa expiration date.
Johnson (D-Bergen) said Temporary Protected Status (TPS) can be designated to individuals who come from countries that are experiencing a temporary environmental disaster.
“Once the Philippine government has stabilized the current crisis, the temporary status would end,” Johnson said. “We know the Philippine government needs time, and this temporary protected status does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or give any other immigration status. It just means more time for our friends who are here right now.”
Once granted temporary status, an individual cannot be detained by DHS on the basis of his or her immigration status.