We, the undersigned organizations, are a part of a nation-wide movement to support humanitarian efforts for the Philippines. Haiyan was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded on land, bringing sustained winds of 147mph and waves as high as 45ft. The devastation and tragedy has touched all of our hearts as the difficult relief efforts have begun.
While the U.S. is directing much-needed food and relief aid to the Philippines, another way we can help limit the strain on that country’s resources is by designating the Philippines for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under §244(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Just less than four years ago, DHS and USCIS acted quickly in a very similar circumstance to designate Haiti for TPS after a massive earthquake. That response can and should be repeated for the Philippines.