Filipinos call for passage of TPS by Christmas

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Dec. 20, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Holding their parols and raising the flag, Filipino immigration advocates stood in the rain celebrating the latest developments in Temporary Protected Status (TPS), the procedure that would allow Philippine nationals without legal status and expiring visas to be allowed to work legally and travel.

They are calling on the US government to make TPS official and grant it by Christmas.

“The United States Department of Homeland Security has already been studying this issue and now they can make a decision to grant TPS for Filipinos,” Aqui Soriano Versoza, Pilipino Workers Center executive director said. “We’re urging them to grant it before Christmas to take swift action because the sooner they can grant it the sooner this will also help the relief efforts.”

Last week the Philippine government made a formal request to the US government for TPS. Advocates give credit to the nationwide push brought on by the community taking to the streets and sharing their stories throughout the past few weeks.

“It was really engaging them there was a lot of education that needed to be done and learning about temporary protected status and how important it would be for our communities here and our communities in the Philippines,” Versoza explained.

While the Filipino community waits for the final approval on temporary protected status, advocates say it’s never to early for possible recipients to get a head start on their applications.

Experts believe the application process will be similar to past situations in where TPS was granted.

“They should also start obtaining documentation that will be needed for the process such as birth certificates, marriage certificates and documentation evidencing that they are here in the United States,” attorney Allison Aquino Silva of Filipino American Service Group Inc. explained. “There will be a date that they need to prove that they were physically present in the United States as well as continuously residing on a date once the announcement is made.”

Silva adds that potential applicants will need to find their passports, and as seen in the past, the TPS fee may cost around $400 per applicant.

You can contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • HELLO
    22 December 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    It wouldn’t be done by christmas, it will take months if TPS is going to give anyone that needs it ? Because they have to do case-to-case on the ones that need it. a lot of people will not get TPS. Please check good and get rid of the ones don’t need it. Maybe it will be better because we can deport faster the ones that don’t be long here in America,

  • Hi
    23 December 2013 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Deport all illegal aliens that are not belong here. Mr. Jose Antonio Vargas, I’m challenging you to have a debate with me regarding immigration law. You are damn idiot journalist. Journalist? Fake journalist. You came to hawaii and imposed you’re own political view of immigration? We have a strict immigration law here not like mexifornia where you belong. Your political view of immigration will not work and it will never work here. Tanga… Hindi oobra i yang politics mo dito.

    • HELLO
      23 December 2013 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      @Hi you are so right, Antonio Vargas is a Dumb person who thinks he can fool us Americans ! The FBI should pick him up and send him back to philippines and let him come back the right-way ! We don’t want free riders in America. Hey Vargas be a good boy and go home to the philippines.

  • Jeff
    30 December 2013 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Damning haters hehe sa inyo na America .. Locals nga gusto magbigay, kayo pang mga kapwa pinoy mga aswang..hehe

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