CHICAGO (JGL) – A State Department spokesperson has confirmed that Secretary of State John Kerry’s recommendation for Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for some 500,000 Filipinos in the U.S. has been forwarded to U.S. Secretary Homeland Security Jeh Johnson for final consideration.
The spokesperson, who wants his name in the background, said in an email to this reporter that the “The Department of State can confirm that Secretary Kerry has communicated his views on the Philippines request for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to the Philippines to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“The decision is in the hands of DHS.
“We are unable to provide details on the correspondence between Secretary Kerry and the Department of Homeland Security in this matter.
“We refer you to DHS for further questions on TPS.”
Hopes for approval was buoyed after Secretary of State Kerry was reported to have reviewed and approved the final recommendation to transmit the request for TPS to the Secretary Johnson for final consideration.
Kerry’s action was disclosed by Filipino American lawyer Arnedo S. Valera, co-director of the Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC), based on information from reliable sources in the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.
As a result the schedule for the Filipino American organizations to call Sectary Kerry on March 27 has shifted to Secretary of Homeland Security Johnson. The DHS listed telephone operator number is 202-282-8000. Callers can just ask their calls to be routed to office of Secretary Johnson.
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