Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for Filipino nationals in the U.S. to be given temporary protected status.
It's a move that would prevent Filipinos in America from being sent home when their visas expire, at least until their home country is back on its feet.
"Temporary protected status is something that America has always done in the grand tradition of the Statue of Liberty that is in our harbor," Schumer said.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan joined Schumer in urging the Department of Homeland Security to take action.
HELPING THE TYPHOON RELIEF EFFORT
The Red Cross has set up a call center for worried Filipino New Yorkers who are desperate for any news about missing family members. To find out more, call 1-877-RedCross.
For more information on how to help, go to redcross.org or nyc.gov/fund.
Time Warner Cable customers who have Home Phone or Business services and wish to call a landline or mobile number in the Philippines will be able to do so for free through November 30, and anyone charged on or after November 8 will get a credit. No changes to your account need to be made to receive this service.
Time Warner Cable has also made The Filipino Channel (Channel 539) available at no additional cost to digital TV subscribers through November 15.