Filipinos tap online 'Thunderclap' for TPS campaign

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Jan 25 2014 09:48 AM | Updated as of Jan 25 2014 05:48 PM

LOS ANGELES – Filipinos made a push for temporary protected status once again. This time it’s through a “thunderclap,” an online social movement that calls attention to social issues.

If enough people support the cause through social media, the “thunderclap” would then become viral with the goal of getting officials’ attention.

“We ask them to donate posts, tweets, until we reach 250,” Malou Villacinseros, the communication coordinator for the Pilipino Workers Center, said. “We’re now at almost 400 and at a certain time, it creates a flash mob of people supporting TPS for Filipinos.”

Since the idea of TPS first came in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda, advocates have created a movement, taking to the streets on several occasions.

Last week they phone banked the US Department of Homeland Security, asking to grant the order which would allow Filipinos without legal status, or those with visas expiring soon, temporary immigration relief in a time of calamity.

On Thursday, a delegation from the Relief 2 Recovery will meet representatives from the US State Department, in hopes of urging the Department of Homeland Security to grant the humanitarian aid.

It’s been two months since Typhoon Yolanda and advocates are getting anxious as they wait to hear from the Department of Homeland Security.

The Relief 2 Recovery nationwide coalition has also put together website that explains temporary protected status, tips on preparing to file, as well as on how others can get involved in the movement.