FilAm leaders meet with D.C.-based officials to fight for TPS

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Feb. 28, 2014

WASHINGTON D.C. – There was only a handful of advocates at TPS vigil outside the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday night but their message was clear to U.S. officials — “Grant the Philippines Temporary Protective Status (TPS) now!”

Community leaders and advocates met with Secretary Jeh Johnson and Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for the first time at the DHS office.

TPS was not granted following that meeting but they’re keeping hope alive it will pass soon.

“They’re seriously considering passing it.  We have to let them hear us still, because our hope is still alive that it will happen soon,” Aquilina Soriano-Verdoza of the Pilipino Worker’s Center said.

If TPS is granted, Filipinos with expired or expiring visas will be allowed to temporarily stay and work in the U.S., while the Philippines recovers from Typhoon Yolanda.

Advocates said DHS officials are aware of the urgency and the need to pass this immigration relief. They also said that officials want to hear more real life stories from Pinoys directly affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Linda Oalican of the Damayan Migrant Workers Association said, “We need to tell them stories that could really touch their hearts.”

“It all helps to show our support and demonstrate momentum for our movement,” Marita Etcubanez of the Asian American Advancing Justice (AAJC) concluded.

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  • Kikay Pang0
    28 February 2014 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Only a Handful of Advocates participated .Shame on Movement and Community leaders not showing their genuineness and perseverance to achieve their goal…. Oh well … Another Day ..Another Failure..

    • Mary
      1 March 2014 at 9:21 am - Reply

      @Kiking Pango (aka Delia) we at AA can help, try to give us a call
      SF (415) 674-1821
      Marin (415) 499-0400

      • Kikay Pang0
        1 March 2014 at 4:36 pm - Reply

        Give me a call 1 800 TPS – JUNK

        Delia 1 800 ILL- EGAL

        • Delia
          1 March 2014 at 7:39 pm - Reply

          Alright , thats a good Idea Kikay Pang0. In fact i dont know if i am insulted or feel honored on how Mary compared us to one , but I’ll take the later . Anyhow, the fact that she would make such a statement just underscores her ignorance.

          • cat_idiot
            2 March 2014 at 4:40 am -

            `tumawag po ako ….hinananp ko po kayo, ang sabi sa akin may “Notice to Appear” po daw kayo at baka nasa ICE or Psychiatric detention na, at yun isang tel no. naman po, ang sabi sa akin di daw sila naghahalungkat ng mga “BASURA”

          • Delia
            2 March 2014 at 7:47 am -

            YES , all those living in the queer state illegally needs to show their faces or Call -1 800 Ilegals . Includes all the leeches and looters savages .

    • Delia
      1 March 2014 at 11:51 am - Reply

      Kikay Pango , do we have a blood relations ? Or do we even know each other , cause people needing treatment of their recommendations for us maybe good for themself. I think they are in need of severe treatment or they are taking too much drugs . What do you think Kikay , any suggestion you can advice them.