T.P.S. PANEL. (From left) NaFFAA-Michigan President Willie Dechavez, NaFFAA National Chair Ed Navarra, Atty. Carol Dagostino, Filamcco President Imelda Martin-Hum
T.P.S. PANEL. (From left) NaFFAA-Michigan President Willie Dechavez, NaFFAA National Chair Ed Navarra, Atty. Carol Dagostino, Filamcco President Imelda Martin-Hum

The Michigan chapter of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA-Michigan) conducted last July 4 a forum on the “Temporary Protected Status” (TPS) that is expected to benefit 200,000 Filipinos in the United States.

The 53 Filipino-Americans, who attended the forum held at the Mongolian Buffet in Warren, urged President Obama to recommend the grant of TPS to the Philippines.

During the forum, it was explained that TPS is a temporary humanitarian relief that allows nationals of a country with TPS to remain in the US and cannot be deported.

On Nov. 20, 2013, the US Senate signed a resolution stating that the Philippines meets the TPS requirements. On Dec. 13, 2013, President Ninoy Aquino requested the US government that the Philippines be granted a TPS.

During the forum, panel member Attorney Carol Anasco-D’ Agostino explained the background of TPS as it relates to the application of the Philippine government for the relief.

Other panel members included Willie Dechavez, NaFFAA- Michigan chairperson, and Imelda Martin-Hum, FILAMCCO president.

Ed Navarra, national Chairperson of NaFFAA, was the keynote speaker. Amy Risvold was the master of ceremonies.

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