DHS Should Consider Granting Temporary Protected Status for People from the Philippines

Posted on: December 23rd, 2013 by Sobel and Erwin

When natural disasters, such as Super Typhoon Haiyan, hit countries outside the United States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may consider giving Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to citizens of the devastated country who are in the U.S. and who are prevented from returning safely to their country.

Temporary Protected Status Defined

TPS is designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security and gives foreign nationals from the protected country in the United States a temporary, humanitarian form of relief from deportation, as well as travel authorization and permission to legally seek work.  TPS exists to provide a safe haven for those who are reluctant to return to potentially dangerous situations and to assist countries who may be unable to safely receive their returning citizens. It is a temporary status and does not lead to a green card or citizenship for the protected individuals. TPS can be extended when a country faces long-term armed conflict, an extreme environmental disaster or health epidemic, or for other “extraordinary and temporary conditions.” Currently, Haiti, Syria and Somalia are some of the countries that have Temporary Protected Status.

Benefits of Temporary Protected Status

Typhoon Haiyan caused severe devastation to the Philippines, killing thousands and causing damages reaching to the billions. The DHS gave Temporary Protected Status in 2010 to citizens of Haiti after the country suffered a 7.0-magnitude earthquake with similar levels of destruction. Many are pressing for the DHS to extend TPS to Filipinos in the U.S. in addition to offering financial aid and other assistance.

TPS would give Filipino citizens already in the U.S. the ability to legally work and send financial resources back to their country during the recovery of the devastation. In addition, Temporary Protected Status allows those already in the US to remain rather than requiring them to return to a country where they would unlikely be able to work thereby causing further burden to an already devastated country. The U.S. is merely providing humanitarian assistance to a country in a desperate situation.

Immigration Assistance in Oklahoma

If you have questions about Temporary Protected Status or other immigration issues, you need to contact the law firm of Sobel & Erwin in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Our firm makes it a priority to stay informed of all new immigration rulings and we will work diligently to protect your rights.