Filipino activists hold prayer vigil for TPS passage

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Feb. 24, 2014

LONG BEACH, Calif. – As impatience grows over the passage of temporary protected status (TPS), Filipinos held a vigil in support of the humanitarian aid that can give immigration relief to up to a million Filipinos with expired or expiring visas in the US.

The Philippines is still rebuilding more than a hundred days after the world’s strongest typhoon, Typhoon Yolanda, devastated parts of the Visayas.

“The relief and recovery is still trickling in but what we really want to see is that Filipinos here in the United States, those immigrants here can have temporary protected status so they can continue to work here and send money back to the Philippines,” Alex Montances of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns explained.

Some of Montances’ relatives and their homes were displaced and damaged. He hopes that some undocumented Filipinos like Joshua Jimenez’ mother can help the Philippines recover.

“It’s an opportunity for us to give back,” Jimenez said. “Even the government realizes they should give temporary protected status to the overseas Filipinos. We’re really affected. We have families there ourselves.”

The one hundred day anniversary and the vigil come as US officials are scheduled to host a public engagement with the Filipino community on Thursday in Washington DC, to discuss TPS.

Activists here say that they are hopeful that TPS can be granted after this week’s meeting.

As they held their vigil they also collected petitions, calling for the Department of Homeland Security and US State Department to pass the humanitarian aid.

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  • Kikay Pang0
    25 February 2014 at 2:36 am - Reply

    I opposed TPS, they don’t deserve any reward. What’s good for them is not good for everybody…… They’re criminals Not victims .

    • Kikoy Tangos
      28 February 2014 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      Bato bato sa langit matamaan hwag magalit! The country of the USA is built on undocumented immigrations po…. Do you think the Europeans came here with documents when they tried to look for new lands to settle?

  • Rastaman
    25 February 2014 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Yes go bro for Filipinos !
    Hi. You kikay pango Bakit galit ka Sa ibang Tao
    You opposed tps or suck my cock !!!! Eheheh

  • Rastaman
    25 February 2014 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Your name is suck eheh kikay bicth pango.
    Sino kaba para opposed mo ang TPS .baka ikaw ang opposed ko

  • Rastaman
    25 February 2014 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Kaya ikaw kikay pango inday maglinis kanalang ng banyo!!!!
    pls kikay punta ka Sa condo ko 8w dohon Si vhong Navarro
    At Si walley manalo at Si chito Miranda !!!