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Manila Standard: Pressure Builds to Grant Undocumented Filipinos Protected Status

Super Typhoon HaiyanSupport is growing among members of Congress and various organizations to grant undocumented Filipinos Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Calls to grant Filipinos TPS first came following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan last month which left thousands of Filipinos dead and millions displaced. TPS would allow thousands of Filipinos to travel and apply for work in America, and send money to their loved ones in the Philippines, providing a life line to thousands of families and support to rebuild the ruined communities.

“TPS designation is a win-win situation. We have nothing to lose but everything to gain. It will benefit the undocumented Filipinos, their families in the Philippines,” said Aquilina Versoza, Executive Director of the Pilipino Human Rights Center.

According to the Migrant Heritage Center (MHC), a non-governmental organization helping migrants and immigrant Filipinos, at least 30 members of the House of Representatives and 20 senators, both Republicans and Democrats, have called on President Obama to grant the TPS request for the Philippines.

Eleven countries currently hold TPS, including El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua.

To read more about the work being done to grant Filipinos protected status, read the article at the Manila Standard.


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