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Hear direct testimonies and latest situation updates of Haiyan survivors live from Leyte; and statement from the Los Angeles Mayor’s office – as we continue to push Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Philippines to be granted.

AUGUST 1, 2014 – 5:30 PM (PST)

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Why is it taking DHS so long to grant FULL #tpsNOW for the Philippines? We need your help!


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

Join us in calling DHS everyday (Mon-Fri) until they make their decision on TPS for the Philippines!


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:

  • Comment Line: 202-282-8495 (leave a message on the comment line)
  • Twitter handle @DHSgov

Click to view the Sample Tweets and Messages for each day:


TPS for Philippines Rally at White House

TPS for Philippines Rally at White House

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.

Read more..

President Obama will be in the Philippines on April 27 & 28!

Obama hears

Let our voices be heard:

“FULL Temporary Protected Status for the Philippines NOW”

Take Action:

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 City Council Joins Other Leaders Across U.S. to Support Granting TPS for 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..

DHS Receives State Department Recommendation!

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..)

TPS soon


Todo Tawag na sa DHS on March 12!


MARCH 10 (Monday)

Tweet apl.de.ap & Dante Basco to shout out loud “TPS for Philippines Now” at the #PinoyRelief Benefit Concert. #TpsNow

Sample Tweet: .@apldeap thx 4 performing @ #PinoyRelief concert in NY! Can you shoutout #TPSnow campaign 4 #Haiyan recovery? http://tps4filipinos.org/faq/

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.”

National Day of Action!

Decision for TPS is to be made soon, let’s continue to call and urge the State Department and Department of Homeland Security and say: ” I urge the (State Dept) or (DHS) to grant TPSnow.” Say your name,city and state.
State Dept : 202-647-6575

ThunderClap NOW Campaign!

We need YOU and all your friends to commit to ThunderClap NOW! Go to http://thndr.it/1fMbIci It only takes ONE minute of your time. 
Right now, you are probably asking yourself: What is Thunderclap? It’s a new website that allows people to pledge to tweet or facebook post a message all on the same day – and at the exact same time – in order to achieve the maximum effect. Think of this as an online collective action or flashmob to support Temporary Protected Status for Filipinos.
With your help and donation of your social network voice, hundreds of people across the country will demand Temporary Protective Status for Filipinos at 7:00pm (EST) tomorrow (Wednesday) to support Relief and Rebuilding Efforts in the Philippines.
Step 1: Donate your social voice – tweet or post here to support Temporary Protected Status for Filipinos. 
Step 2: Spread the word on your social media. Sample language: 
Sample Tweet: 
Donate a tweet or post. Support Temporary Protected Status for Filipinos on @ThunderclapIt | Easy! Make #TPSNow Trendhttp://thndr.it/1fMbIci
Sample Facebook Post: 
Donate your social voice – your tweet or FB post! Make an impact.
At 7:00pm (EST) on Wednesday, we’ll speak with one voice about the need for Temporary Protected Status for Filipinos to support #ReliefPH efforts and rebuilding.  http://thndr.it/1fMbIci
Thanks you and we’re excited to have you join us in this incredibly impactful campaign!


URGENT TASK: CALL STATE DEPARTMENT AT 202-647-6575, immediately press 8 and tell Secretary Kerry that you are urging the US to grant TPS for Filipinos.

Take action by liking our Facebook Page, signing the moveon.org petition, by calling DHS and the White House, by donating to the relief effort.

And the Campaign on TPS continues… please call DHS and White House:

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.

DHS COMMENT LINE: 202-282-8495
Other State Department staff lines:
Secretary John Kerry: 202-647-5291
Chief of Staff David Wade: 202-647-5548
Deputy Chief of Staff Jonathan J. Finer: 202-647-9572
Reaching the State Department by email http://contact-us.state.gov/app/ask

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.”


Senators who contributed to letter of support

Sample Script:

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.


Relief 2 Recovery;

Temporary Protected Status for Filipinos


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.

There are currently 2,519 signatures. NEW goal – We need 3,000 signatures!


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.


  • Jose Lorenzo from Miami, FL signed this petition on Jan 6, 2014. (#2519)
  • Gloria Lona from San Francisco, CA signed this petition on Jan 6, 2014. (#2518)
  • Imelda Nicolas from new york, NY signed this petition on Jan 6, 2014. (#2517)
  • Ann from Scottsdale, AZ signed this petition on Jan 5, 2014. (#2516)
  • romeo m. rosas from bacoor city, Philippines signed this petition on Jan 5, 2014. (#2515)
  • bernie from Forestville, MD signed this petition on Jan 5, 2014. (#2514)
  • romeliamarchan1xm from Louisiana, Latvia signed this petition on Jan 5, 2014. (#2513)
  • Arnel Espinosa Encio from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates signed this petition on Jan 5, 2014. (#2512)
  • My remitance will in one way help my country`s economy to bounce back!
    Celia from Forestville, MD signed this petition on Jan 5, 2014. (#2511)
  • Mary Jean F Flores from New Carrollton, MD signed this petition on Jan 4, 2014. (#2510)

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.


Letter Writing Directions:
  • 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
  • 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

For any questions or assistance with the letter, contact Irene 617-953-3285irene@domesticworkers.org