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TPS for Filipinos

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

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For the next few days, the TPS (Temporary Protected Status) for Filipinos Campaign (which is like DACA) is focused on calling the Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department.

Because the message lines are filling up, please ask the operator to connect you to an open message line.

Call:  1-202-647-4000
Press 4 and ask for a line that will accept messages for Secretary Kerry:
Please leave a voicemail message:  “Hello, I’m (say your name), from (say your city and state).  I’m calling to urge you to ask the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to designate TPS for all the Philippines.  TPS will help the Philippines through the long recovery from typhoon Haiyan that lies ahead.”

What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?

Under INA section 244, The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may designate a country, or portions of a country, for TPS when conditions exist such as an ongoing armed conflict or an environmental disaster in the country that temporarily prevents the country’s nationals from returning safely. While not required, typically a country must first request TPS before the Secretary will make a designation. Once a country receives a TPS designation, nationals of that country residing in the U.S. receive a temporary, humanitarian form of relief from deportation that does not include the granting of permanent residence. The initial TPS designation lasts for a period of 6 to 18 months and can be extended if conditions continue to support the designation.

How would the Philippines get a TPS designation?

The decision to designate a country for TPS rests with the executive branch of the federal government. Congress does not vote on it, though members of Congress may ask the President to designate a particular country. However, it is up to the President and his agencies to make the final determination.

      To start the process the Philippine government should make the request of the U.S. government through its diplomatic channels. After the request is made, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the appropriate agencies such as the Department of State, will then decide whether to grant the request. The designation only becomes effective once it is published in the Federal Register.

Why should the Philippines be designated for TPS?

  • On Friday, November 8th, Typhoon Haiyan – one of the most powerful storms ever recorded on land – hit the Philippines, bringing sustained winds of 147mph and waves as high as 45ft. An estimated 6.9 million people have been affected by the storm. Relief efforts are just beginning as debris is slowly being cleared from access roads and airports begin to re-open. The death toll is estimated to be in the thousands while the number of people displaced by the massive storm rises into the hundreds of thousands. The long term impacts of the storm are still yet unknown.
  • It would impose a great burden on the rescue and restoration effort in the Philippines to require the country to reabsorb its nationals from abroad, many of whom may have homes that were destroyed by the Typhoon. TPS exists to provide a safe haven for those who are reluctant to return to potentially dangerous situations, and to assist nations who are under extraordinary and temporary conditions and face difficulties in receiving their nationals safely.
  • A grant of TPS would allow Filipinos here in the U.S. to work and support their families in the Philippines who were impacted by the Typhoon. Remittances account for almost 10 percent of the Philippines’ Gross Domestic Product. Now, more than ever, those funds are needed to help support the recovery process.

 

 

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