Filipinos do online "Thunderclap" for TPS

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Jan. 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES – On the eve of a meeting with State Department officials Filipinos made a push for temporary protected status once again.

This time it’s through a “thunderclap,” an online social movement that calls attention to social issues.

If enough people support the cause through social media, the “thunderclap” would then become viral with the goal of getting officials’ attention.

“We ask them to donate posts, tweets, until we reach 250,” Malou Villacinseros, the communication coordinator for the Pilipino Workers Center, said. “We’re now at almost 400 and at a certain time, it creates a flash mob of people supporting TPS for Filipinos.”

Since the idea of TPS first came in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda, advocates have created a movement, taking to the streets on several occasions. Last week they phone banked the US Department of Homeland Security, asking to grant the order which would allow Filipinos without legal status, or those with visas expiring soon, temporary immigration relief in a time of calamity.

On Thursday, a delegation from the Relief 2 Recovery delegation will meet representatives from the US State Department, in hopes of urging the Department of Homeland Security to grant the humanitarian aid.

It’s been two months since Typhoon Yolanda and advocates say they are getting anxious as they wait to hear from the Department of Homeland Security.

“December 15th, the government, PNoy, the Philippine government request for TPS, to be designated as a TPS for Filipinos,” Villacinseros explained. “It’s been a while now; more than a month now. That’s why we’re fighting.”

The Relief 2 Recovery nationwide coalition has also put together website tps4filipinos.org that explains temporary protected status, tips on preparing to file, as well as on how others can get involved in the movement.

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

5 Comments on this post.

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  • Janet Titar
    23 January 2014 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Hopefully, TPS will be granted soon. This will aid a lot of Filipinos to continue working here in the US and give help to needy families back home.

    • Kikay Pang0
      24 January 2014 at 4:26 am - Reply

      25,000000000 Thumbs Down for you .

  • JD
    24 January 2014 at 8:09 am - Reply

    It’s ok with me, but please America check it out if they have the right questions not the wrong questions like helping people that don’t belong in America ?

  • noz
    24 January 2014 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    the DHS plates are always full. the reported typhoon tragedy was of grand scale. its easily said than done for authorities to speak of their intentions to allow parole Filipinos with visas that pose problems upon reentering the USA. It requires close evaluations in executing this complex immigration matter. thus, its not merely creating application forms without taking into account the cause and effect of their legal decisions.

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