On Thursday, November 21, 2013, Congressman Al Green (TX-09) introduced a bill which would grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Filipino nationals for a period of 18 months after its enactment. The Filipino nationals would have to demonstrate that they have been lawfully and continuously present in the U.S. since November 8, 2013.
TPS allows eligible nationals of designated countries who do not legally qualify as refugees, but are nonetheless fleeing or reluctant to return to potentially dangerous situations, to temporarily remain in the U.S. TPS prevents eligible individuals from forcibly being removed from the U.S. (individuals under deportation proceedings or whose visas are expiring) to return to homelands where the living conditions have been substantially disrupted.
“During this difficult time, it is important that we as a nation renew our solidarity with the Filipino people, who are our long-standing allies,” Congressman Al Green said. “The people of the Philippines have suffered greatly and I think providing them with TPS is necessary to help them attain a sense of stability in the U.S. while their country recovers.”
Typhoon Haiyan, the second most destructive typhoon the Philippines has suffered ever, has killed at least 4,000 people and destroyed nearly 20,000 homes. According to the Filipino government, 9.5 million people—10 percent of the country— have been affected. The U.S. military has directed Marines and Sailors to the affected areas, provided aircraft to support in search and rescue efforts, and donated $37 million for the recovery effort.
“As a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I will continue to work with my colleagues to help those affected by this tragedy,” Congressman Al Green said. “A crisis of this magnitude will require all people of good will to do what they can to help those that are in need.”
SENIOR PRESS SECRETARY | CONGRESSMAN AL GREEN (TX-09)