Grant Temporary Protected Status to the Philippines
  • Petitioning Secretary Jeh Johnson

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Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Jeh Johnson
Secretary of State
John Kerry (Secretary of State)

Grant Temporary Protected Status to the Philippines

    1. Fr. Patrick Longalong
    2. Petition by

      Fr. Patrick Longalong

      Belle Harbor, NY

On November 7, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Philippines causing widespread loss of life and property. It was the latest of three major environmental disasters in thirteen months in the Philippines. Previous disasters were a 7.2 earthquake on October 15, 2013, and Typhoon Bopha in December 3, 2012. More than 6,000 people have been confirmed dead and nearly 2,000 are still missing: the country is devastated and needs our help. 

On December 13, the Philippine ambassador to the United States, Jose L. Cuisia, made a formal request to the US Department of State to designate the Philippines a country under “temporary protected status (TPS).” The designation of Temporary Protective Status would ensure that nationals of the Philippines who are currently residing in the United States are able to work and to send money and aid back to their families, thus helping aid the recovery. It also would protect them from deportation to a nation that, for the time being, is unable to assist them in their reintegration.

Additionally, TPS would allow Filipinos who normally cannot leave the United States to apply for travel authorization and fly to the Philippines to be with family, help locate missing kin and help rebuild livelihood and communities. I recently met a Filipino man who had just gotten word that a few of his relatives had drowned during the typhoon while a few more were missing. He didn’t know what to do because he couldn’t leave the country because of his immigration status. He had not seen his family in over ten years.

Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos residing in the US could benefit from the protection that will be provided by TPS, allowing them to help their families. More than 28,000 people were injured in the typhoon. 

The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan more than justifies the designation of TPS for the Philippines. The Secretary of Homeland Security has the authority to designate TPS and have done so for other countries experiencing natural disasters, such as Haiti in 2010 following a 7.0 earthquake. 

In light of the devastation and substantial disruption of living conditions caused by this natural disaster, We respectfully request that you designate the Philippines for TPS as soon as possible. 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 10,000 signatures
    2. CAPAC DOCUMENT TO DHS GIVEN TODAY

      Fr. Patrick Longalong
      Petition Organizer

      The link below contains and 8-page document by the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) concerning their "Recommendations on Immigration Changes and Administrative Relief" delivered to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. This document contains a recommendation to grant FULL TPS to the PHILIPPINES.

      http://images.politico.com/global/2014/04/30/capac_immigration_dhs_recommendations_final.html

    3. Sec. John Kerry already sent his TPS recommendation to DHS

      Fr. Patrick Longalong
      Petition Organizer
      U.S. gov confirms PH's TPS request forwarded to DHS

      Balitang Amreica has officially confirmed with the U.S. State Department that the Philippines' request for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is now in the hands of the Department of Homeland Security or DHS.

    4. "Public Engagement" with the Department of Homeland Security

      Fr. Patrick Longalong
      Petition Organizer

      This week, we will go to Washington DC for a Public Engagement with the Department of Homeland Security regarding TPS for Philippines

      US homeland security to discuss temporary asylum with US Pinoys

      The United States' Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will discuss with US-based Filipino groups this coming week the Philippines' request for Temporary Protected Status for Filipinos affected by super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). A Feb. 22 report on Asian Journal said the discussion on a temporary TPS can help in relief work for those affected by the Nov.

    5. Reached 9,000 signatures
    6. San Francisco Unanimously Passed a Resolution in support of TPS

      Fr. Patrick Longalong
      Petition Organizer

      New York City Council passed Resolution 2057 on Dec. 19, 2013; Johnson, Eustace & Chivukula Bill was passed in NJ on Dec. 16, 2013. Both were in support of TPS for Filipinos in the US.

      San Francisco Legislators Unanimously Approve Resolution in Support of Temporary Protected Status for the Philippines

      Posted by jun on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 · Leave a Comment San Francisco, CA - On Tuesday, February 11, on the 3-month mark of Super-Typhoon Haiyan hitting the Philippines, San Francisco legislators along with dozens of Bay Area residents and organizations mobilized on City Hall to call for Temporary Protected Status for the Philippines (TPS).

    7. Reached 8,000 signatures
    8. Since 2011, the Philippines had 3 Devastating Typhoons

      Fr. Patrick Longalong
      Petition Organizer
      A tale of three disasters, the wrath of Sendong, Pablo and Yolanda | ABS-CBN News

      Thirteen-year-old Mary Cris Dalay cannot exactly remember the series of incidents that happened on the night of December 16, 2011. All she recalls is that it was dark and cold, and they were fighting for their lives as the raging waters of Cagayan River swept their house, with 6 people, out in the open sea.

    9. Reached 6,000 signatures
    10. 3 Months after Typhoon Haiyan

      Fr. Patrick Longalong
      Petition Organizer

      After the typhoon, Filipinos are suffering through one of the world's most profound resettlement crises

      That urgent but crude attempt to rebuild has raised the prospect that the storm-prone areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan will emerge more vulnerable to future disasters. The self-made reconstruction effort also reflects the enormity of the damage. November's catastrophe displaced more than 4 million people - twice the number of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami or the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

    11. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    @padrealberto

    Feb 12, 2014

    Please sign this petition to help victims of last year's tragic typhoon in the Phillipines. https://t.co/124GY5PK7V

    Father Albert Cutie
    49.9k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • Danielle Marie Andrea Baden-Powell AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • 2 months ago

      Because humanitarian aid is needed

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    • karen mckay CLINTON TWP, MI
      • 2 months ago

      World War ll - need I say more!

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    • Melissa dela Cruz HAWTHORNE, CA
      • 4 months ago

      although help from the international community is good, helping our families devastated by Yolanda PERSONALLY is the best....

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    • Flavio Marino Arias BOGOTá, CUNDINAMARCA, COLOMBIA, COLOMBIA
      • 4 months ago

      La solidaridad,siempre debe ser lo primordial...

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    • Thomas Guaraldi HOUSTON, TX
      • 4 months ago

      I am an American!-i served my country in military!-The Philippines has a long history of friendship with USA!Many gave their lives to save Americans in WW2.NOW they need us to help them! The close friendship between these 2 countries still continues! let them have the TPS help NOW!

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