300,000 Filipinos in US face deportation

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This photo from the website of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (Nafcon) shows a group calling on the US to grant Temporary Protected Status to undocumented Filipinos. NAFCON is composed of Filipino organizations and individuals in the US.

This photo from the website of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (Nafcon) shows a group calling on the US to grant Temporary Protected Status to undocumented Filipinos. NAFCON is composed of Filipino organizations and individuals in the US.

At least 300,000 undocumented Filipinos in the United States (US) are facing deportation, prompting the Philippine government to seek temporary extension of their stay in the US, citing humanitarian reasons.

Rep. Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar, vice chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, made the disclosure in his call to US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg to support Manila’s request for a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the undocumented workers.

Evardone mentioned their much-needed remittances, sent to their families back in a country still recovering from last year’s killer typhoon Yolanda.

“For humanitarian reasons, may I ask His Excellency to support and recommend to President [Barack] Obama the immediate approval of the Philippine government’s pending request for a Temporary Protected Status for undocumented Filipinos in the United States. Once the TPS designation is made, out-of-status Filipinos in the US could help fast-track our rebuilding efforts and economic recovery from the devastation of typhoon Yolanda through their monthly remittances to their respective families,” Evardone said in his letter.


A TPS would defer the deportation of these Filipinos, thus enabling them to continue working in the US. But it does not grant permanent resident status to aliens.

The Philippines’ request for TPS is pending before the Office of Secretary of State John Kerry. Should Kerry approve it, the request would also have to go through the Department of Homeland Security for the TPS to take effect.

At least 20 American senators have already expressed support for the TPS request.

“Families in the Philippines, especially those left homeless by Typhoon Yolanda depend much on the remittances of these OFWs [overseas Filipino workers]. With an 18-month TPS, these undocumented Filipinos could infuse into our economy at least P2.64 billion per month should each of them send $200 monthly to their respective families, at an exchange rate of P44 to $1,” Evardone said.

Based on Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas records, the OFWs’ personal remittances reached $2.4 billion in December 2013, 12.5 percent higher than the amount remitted in the same period in 2012. The US was one of the major sources of the remittances.

The US had issued TPS designation on undocumented individuals from Syria, Somalia, Haiti, Honduras and El Salvador.

The Philippines will probably have its best chance to secure the TPS when Obama visits the Philippines later this month.

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6 Comments

  1. Jibreel flores on

    You get in america illegally…thats it..dont divert the issue..eversince mostly of you guys are already there in america before Yolanda hits Philippines. Face the consequence

  2. WAYNE FAULKENBERRY on

    WHEN WILL WE ALL GET ALONG IN THIS WORLD ?? WHEN JESUS COMES BACK?? EVERYONE COMES TO AMERICA BECAUSE OUR EconoMY IS BETTER THAN THEIR Economy AND OUR GOVERN,MENT IN THE USA PEOPLE COMPLAIN ABOUT IT , BUT WE LIVE IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH , THAT IS WHY PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WANT TO COME HERE TO WORK AND HELP THEIR FAMILIES BACK HOME , AND THEy’re WILLING TO PUT all that they have ON THE LINE FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN, WE SHOULD ALL BE LIKE THEM, LET US ALL GET ALONG, AND BE RITE BEFORE THE GOD OF HEAVEN ,

  3. these Filipinos are not undocumented but they are overstaying visitors/tourists. those undocumented are have no documents or whatsoever. these filipinos who entered USA have legal papers like passport and visas but they stayed over the limit prescribed by US law.

  4. Let’s define “undocumented aliens”, if you fit into one of these descriptions then, I’ll continue tomorrow discussing imigrations laws.

    Undocumented aliens:

    who by feet walked, climbed and crossed the fences of the border,
    someone who jumped from the ship swimmed into the port,
    parachuted from the plane,
    if you are from some European countries beyond the initial allowable visitors days.

    If any Pilipino fits into one of these we shall continue further discussions.

    • Atty Formoso need not be trying to appear technical or legalistic on these things…the fact is every Filipino who has overstayed and is now “out of status” is technically undocumented or at least the kind of legal documentation needed to allow them to stay longer.

  5. I know what you would say in the philippines, the law is the law. You dont give equal rights to foreigners in this country. A quick example the orchard golf & country club. To be a member is cheaper for a filipino that a foreigner. If we did that in our countries you would say its racist take us to court & win damages. Here you say we want to encourage more filipinos to become members. I hope america sends them back as they are illegally in their country & the work they are doing could be done by an american looking for work. If you want to work abroad do it legally & if not then face the consequences.