Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell issued this statement today following the approval of a resolution that supports granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Philippine nationals in the U.S., regardless of immigration status.
“It would be unconscionable to deport Philippine nationals back to their native country, which has limited resources after Super Typhoon Haiyan delivered such a devastating blow. This resolution puts our City on record, and shows we stand with our Filipino community, to urge the federal government to issue Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Filipinos in the United States. This action will halt the deportation of Philippine nationals, regardless of immigration status, and allow Filipinos here in the U.S. to assist in recovery efforts. I want to thank the Pilipino Workers Center, which has headquarters in my district, for spearheading the movement for granting TPS for the Philippines. I stand with all Filipino-Americans in their efforts to help family members and loved ones back home.”
Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines nearly five months ago. The powerful storm killed approximately 6,000 people and displaced nearly 4 million people.
As a result of Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines' government has formally petitioned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue TPS, to stop the deportation of Philippine nationals. This designation would aide in the overall recovery effort in the Philippines.
The TPS program states that an individual is not eligible for TPS if he or she has been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors committed in the U.S. or is subject to criminal-related or terrorism-related case.
The Council file can be found here.