Pinoys step up pressure on US govt to grant TPS

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Feb. 10, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Filipinos from around the US flooded the phone lines of the Department of Homeland Security and the US State Department, asking for the US government to grant temporary protected status (TPS) to Filipinos in the US.

TPS would spare some undocumented Filipinos from deportation and grant them work permits so they can help their families in typhoon-hit regions in the Philippines.

“TPS would be a great help directly helping the Philippines in its rebuilding effort to help the people in Tacloban by sending more remittances,” a caregiver said.

It has been 3 months since typhoon Yolanda hit. Advocates met with the DHS and the State department this month.

They are hoping that this week, a decision on TPS will finally be made.

“In our delegation where we talked directly with the Department of Homeland Security they did tell us they didn’t want this to go on for a long time. They wanted to have a quick resolution, and it takes a while because it’s D.C. so it has to go through the bureaucracy. We also are talking to the DHS. They said it’s very close,” Aqui Soriano Versoza of the Pilipino Workers Center said.

As they called the DHS and the US State Department, Filipinos from across the country, including those who have done relief operations in typhoon-ravaged areas, joined the call of action, stressing the importance of TPS.

“The easiest way is to send money fast. There are so many challenges for our containers to arrive physically to the port of Tacloban,” Versoza said.

Throughout the week, the relief-to-recovery coalition plans on visiting Congress members’ offices this week nationwide, asking them to put pressure on the DHS and State department to grant the humanitarian aid.

While the rebuilding and funds continue…some Filipinos say they won’t feel the recovery until Filipinos in the US especially those working without legal status are granted TPS.

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

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  • Delia
    11 February 2014 at 3:46 am - Reply

    Philippine Islands will soon vanished on the face of the earth , and filipinos are not worried about it . China is taking philippine island piece by piece , but all illegal Filipino doing here is bullying American government for TPS ?

    30 plus country gave huge amount of humanitarian aids reliefs plus monetary funds and still un-ending collections and fund raising through out the world for the disaster and still not enough ? Oh Please , enough already with all the greedy drama .

    • al chavez
      11 February 2014 at 4:53 am - Reply

      Delia doesnt sounds like a Filipino to me, she’s not even aware of what kind of government we had back home, no matter how many countries are extending assistance, the question is, thus it reach the affected ones? please be nice and more sensitive to what you say…peace

      • catholic_against_idiotslikeDelia
        11 February 2014 at 6:34 am - Reply

        @al chavez….. if you must know, if there are demons in human form, one of them is this vile troll named Devil, i mean Delia.

        • Delia
          11 February 2014 at 6:44 am - Reply

          Cat Idiot , Copy cat , You take time to come into this site and that’s all you have to say? May as well stayed sitting on the toilet rather than waste time. Can you try and come up with something relevant?

          Troll go back under your rock,Still weaving lies to distract.

          • catholic_against_idiotslikeDelia
            11 February 2014 at 10:30 am -

            You take time to come into this site and you have nothing positive and nice thing to say but to attack people. Then attack is what you are going to get from me, Delia. All we and Al Chavez is saying is be nice. Can you do that?

          • Delia
            11 February 2014 at 1:11 pm -

            Cat Idiot , who came in here replying to Al Chavez and said this ?
            catholic_against_idiotslikeDelia
            February 11, 2014 at 6:34 am
            @al chavez….. if you must know, if there are demons in human form, one of them is this vile troll named Devil, i mean Delia.

            You entered in the discussion to say all that name calling ? , Then turn around , saying this ? >>>>>> I am not here to attack, demonize, call people names. I only do that to you and your notorious cohort because you do that and that is what you sooooooooo deserve.

            Hmm, i noticed that whenever someone challenges your anaemic logic, you immediately assume the victim-mentality position. Then start name calling as if normal people will believe what your spewing.

          • catholic_against_idiotslikeDelia
            11 February 2014 at 3:19 pm -

            Have you once in your life been charitable to your kababayans who might be needing help?

      • Delia
        11 February 2014 at 6:38 am - Reply

        @al chavez , the question you post to me should be to philippine government . Ask them if those affected ones getting the relief aid given by donors . All the best.

    • Kikay Pang0
      11 February 2014 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      My own definition of Aids is , habit of double or triple
      dipping their genitalia to people that is unknown to them ….
      The word Aide or Aides is designed by Filipinos to defraud the Americans .

      • Delia
        11 February 2014 at 6:52 pm - Reply

        Aint that the truth . spot on kikay .

  • Delia
    11 February 2014 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Cat Idiot tyring so hard to get someone on his side . Awwwwwwww !! your well known true lunatic fringe , knows nothing but name calling , demonizing , cutting and pasting and or copying posters words.

    Like i said Cat idiot , put yourself out of your pathetic misery , I’ll be here as your worst enemy untill you get out of your unlawfull senses , you continue to prove to us what a FOOL you really are.

    • catholic_against_idiotslikeDelia
      11 February 2014 at 10:37 am - Reply

      Nope, Delia, I am not trying hard to get anyone on my side. But evidently there are a couple of vile trolls here who try so so so so very very very very hard hard hard, get it, get it, get it, get it, get it. lol… I am not here to attack, demonize, call people names. I only do that to you and your notorious cohort because you do that and that is what you sooooooooo deserve.

      • Kikay Pang0
        11 February 2014 at 4:00 pm - Reply

        Did you over medicate yourself ?

  • Delia
    11 February 2014 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Cat Idiot posted > Reply
    catholic_against_idiotslikeDelia
    February 11, 2014 at 10:30 am
    You take time to come into this site and you have nothing positive and nice thing to say but to attack people. Then attack is what you are going to get from me, Delia. All we and Al Chavez is saying is be nice. Can you do that?

    It is your intent that is “wrong” but typical for children,trolls and fools. I am only interested in sincere intelligent comments, which you seem unable to offer, so you might as well comment to yourself. I am done with you because we both know your MOTIVE is only to DISTRACT and DISRUPT, rather than add to information and truth.

    • catholic_against_idiotslikeDelia
      11 February 2014 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      Could you once show me a post of yours that is SINCERE, INTELLIGENT, HONEST worthy for people to comment with sincerity and intelligence? READ your post below. Is that something you would call sincere and intelligent? If you want sincere and intelligent to comment your post then it has to start from you.

      Delia wrote: “Philippine Islands will soon vanished on the face of the earth , and filipinos are not worried about it . China is taking philippine island piece by piece , but all illegal Filipino doing here is bullying American government for TPS ?
      30 plus country gave huge amount of humanitarian aids reliefs plus monetary funds and still un-ending collections and fund raising through out the world for the disaster and still not enough ? Oh Please , enough already with all the greedy drama.”

      • Kikay Pang0
        11 February 2014 at 3:45 pm - Reply

        aids ? I think you are misguided
        and stop picking your nose.

  • catholic_counter_capitalist
    11 February 2014 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    TO DELIA! LET ME TEST YOUR SINCERITY AND INTELLIGENCE…..

    Natural and legal rights are two types of rights: legal rights are those bestowed onto a person by a given legal system, while natural rights are those not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of any particular culture or government, and therefore universal and inalienable.

    Thomas Jefferson said “We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independant, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness; …”

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