We have been asking the same question. As many of you know, APALA a part of the Relief 2 Recovery coalition, a group of organizations who are committed to pushing for another form of humanitarian aid: to designate the Philippines with Temporary Protected Status. We believe this will empower Filipinos to better help the relief effort.
Today, we have one ask. Can you please share this TWEET and the attached INFOGRAPHIC?
Why is it taking @DHSgov so long 2 grant FULL #tpsNOW for the #Philippines? @APALAnational @Relief2Recovery #AAPI #1u http://t.co/dSwFUYTj3T
It has been 6 months since:
…Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines.
…Department of Homeland Security began studying granting Temporary Protected Status to the Philippines.
…only 50 houses have been rebuilt by the Philippines government out of the 1.1 million houses destroyed! Click here to read report
Join us in calling DHS everyday (Mon-Fri) until they make their decision on TPS for the Philippines!
DHS contact numbers:
WHAT: Rally to urge the Obama administration and Department of Homeland of Security to approve the request from the Philippine Government for Temporary Protected Status before President Obama’s trip to the Philippines
WHEN: Friday, April 25, 2014 @ 3:30pm
WHO: Domestic Workers, Immigrant Advocates, Attorneys, Students, and Faith Leaders
WHERE: White House, Lafayette Park, Washington, D.C.
Let our voices be heard:
“FULL Temporary Protected Status for the Philippines NOW”
Email to: Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov or tweet @USCIS:
Message for Acting Director Lori Scialabba: ”Meet with the community and submit recommendation for FULL TPS for the Philippines.”
Los Angeles, CA – At the urging of community members and organizations, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell of CD13 authored a resolution to support the granting of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the Philippines, in the wake of the unprecedented devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. Today, the Los Angeles City Council heard testimony and approved this resolution. Los Angeles is now the third major city to sign a resolution for TPS, after New York City and San Francisco. The resolution also follows on the heels of a letter of support issued by Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti last week. Read more..
The Secretary Kerry has finally signed the study and recommendation around TPS for Philippines and has given it to the Department of Homeland Security. The content of the recommendation is not public, therefore it is not known if the recommendation is in favor of full TPS designation. While DHS is still awaiting the recommendation from the USCIS, it is crucial that we the community have our voices heard during this decision-making moment for DHS. (Read more..)
MARCH 10 (Monday)
Tweet apl.de.ap & Dante Basco to shout out loud “TPS for Philippines Now” at the #PinoyRelief Benefit Concert. #TpsNow
March 12 (Wednesday)
Todo Tawag na sa DHS!
“Call (202) 282-4895(202) 282-4895: State your Name, the City and State you live in, and that you would like to see TPS granted immediately to the Philippines.”
And the Campaign on TPS continues… please call DHS and White House:
Your CALL IS IMPORTANT to win TPS!
CAMPAIGN UPDATE: The Temporary Protected Status for Filipinos public campaign has created massive awareness and the movement is definitely being felt by the Department of Homeland Security and White House. All the recently coordinated press conferences, vigils, gatherings showed the strength of the TPS nationwide movement. BUT WE HAVEN’T WON YET!
We all need to keep up and sustain the campaign momentum until TPS is granted! Let the holiday season bring in the spirit of rebuilding the Filipino nation from the suffering and devastation brought about by Typhoon Haiyan. Let’s take action now, let’s show our support by calling the DHS and/or White House comment lines now.
Secretary John Kerry: 202-647-5291Chief of Staff David Wade: 202-647-5548Deputy Chief of Staff Jonathan J. Finer: 202-647-9572
Email: YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
Topic: Messages of Support
Subject: TPS for Philippines NOW
Question: “Temporary Protected Status for the Philippines must be designated. I urge Secretary of State John Kerry to recommend immediately to the Department of Homeland Security that TPS be designated for the Philippines. My name is __________. I stand united with millions of US citizens, Filipinos and non-Filipinos, the documented and the undocumented, together as allies in this national movement for Temporary Protected Status for the Philippines.”
WHITE HOUSE COMMENT LINE: (202) 456-1111
Senators who contributed to letter of support
My name is _________________ and I am [from ___/represent___] and I urge the State Department to recommend the Department of Homeland Security grant Temporary Protective Status to Filipinos in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Thank you.
Click here: SIGN THE PETITION NOW
To be delivered to Rand Beers, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, President Benigno Aquino, Philippines, and President Barack Obama
Since Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda devastated the Philippines, the U.S. has been directing much-needed food and relief aid to the country, but more needs to be done to move the Philippines from “Relief 2 Recovery”!We urge Philippine President Benigno Aquino, President Barack Obama, and Secretary Rand Beers to designate the Philippines for temporary protected status (TPS) under Section 244B of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Since Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda 1.9 million of Filipinos have become homeless and 600,000 displaced. At the same time, many Filipinos who live and work in the U.S. are a key source of aid for their families in the Philippines and are at risk of deportation. It would only burden an already strained infrastructure for the Philippines to reabsorb thousands of its nationals currently abroad during this national emergency. TPS would stop deportations and provide working authorization that will empower Filipinos here in the US to more effectively aid their own home country. DHS and USCIS acted quickly in a very similar circumstances to designate Haiti and El Salvador for TPS after massive earthquakes. That response can and should be repeated for the Philippines.
Note: MoveOn Civic Action does not necessarily endorse the contents of petitions posted on this site. MoveOn Petitions is an open tool that anyone can use to post a petition advocating any point of view, so long as the petition does not violate our terms of service.
- Using the template write a letter to A/S Richard and Sec. Kerry
- You can either plug-in information and send as is or personalize further with stories or your own language for describing the situation and its impact (we encourage the latter)
- It should be signed off by a leader of your organization, preferably a director or someone else in leadership
- If possible please put it on letterhead, add a signature, and attach as a pdf. or doc. File (this is optional, we understand this might be difficult for some groups to do)
- Send Richard’s letter as soon as it’s complete:
- Subject line “URGENT REQUEST FOR TPS
- Email it directly to: Jessica Blanche, firstname.lastname@example.org, Richard’s assistant
- CC: David Foran, email@example.com; Suzanne Sheldon, SheldonSA@state.gov; and James Bean, BeanJW@state.gov; Molly Groom, Molly.Groom@hq.dhs.gov
- BCC: Irene Jor, firstname.lastname@example.org (to track letters sent)
- Please send the Kerry letter to Irene, she will bundle until we figure out how to get it to him
- Encourage other organizations and prominent individuals in your network to do these letters