PH Government Heeds the Call for TPS Request; POTUS Obama Called to Grant the Request

December 26, 2013

PH Government Heeds the Call for TPS Request; POTUS Obama Called to Grant the Request

Los Angeles- Finally, the Philippine government have heeded the call of more than 200 Filipino American organizations and have has formally requested Washington for additional immigration relief measures to allow eligible Filipinos to stay and work in the United States so they could support the country’s long-term post-typhoon recovery efforts, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced Monday, 16 December.

The ALLIANCE NEWS reported that Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario said the request to designate the Philippines under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was officially conveyed on Friday, 13 December, by Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. to the Department of Homeland Security through a note verbale to the Department of State.

Alliance Philippines West Coast Coordinator Arturo P. Garcia is elated with the action of the Philippine government and President Noynoy Aquino III. Garcia said, “ It’s right time that the Aquino administration look after the interest of more than 5 million Filipino—Americans in the United States, the largest population of Filipinos outside of the homeland.”

Alliance calls on Obama to Approve the TPS Request

Garcia explained, “Now the ball is at the Obama’s Court. Thus the Alliance calls on President Obama to expedite and grant the request as soon as possible.”

Garcia also said; “ if Obama grant the request , the Philippines will join four other
countries that were placed under TPS after going through similar natural catastrophes. These are El Salvador and Haiti after these were devastated by earthquakes in 2001 and 2010 respectively and Nicaragua and Honduras after they were affected by Hurricane Mitch in 1998.

The Alliance also thanked the more than 200 Filipino-American organizations across the US, backed by members of the US Senate and House of Representatives, the Catholic Church and other NGOs who have requested for the additional immigration relief measures that a TPS designation would be able to provide to Filipinos.

Note Verbale

The note verbale from the Philippine government stated:: “Recognizing the intense desire of the Filipino-American Community to more effectively assist victims, we would like to formally request that eligible Filipino nationals in the US be granted Temporary Protected Status under Section 244 of the US Immigration and Nationality Act,” said the letter signed by Ambassador Cuisia and addressed to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers.

The request was made in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,000 people; displaced more than 4 million and affected more than 12 million during its violent rampage across the Central Philippines last month.

Ambassador Cuisia said the Embassy has also been in discussions with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State and the DFA in Manila since the TPS was first brought to his attention a few days after Haiyan struck the country.

Ambassador Cuisia said the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Consulates General in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu and Agana made the recommendation to Secretary Del Rosario during their annual conference in Washington, D.C. last week and after extensive consultations with leaders of the Filipino Community in their respective jurisdictions.

Ambassador Cuisia explained that a TPS designation for the Philippines would allow eligible Filipinos currently in the US to support the long-term relief and rehabilitation efforts in the country because they could be given temporary authorization to stay and work for a limited period.

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