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Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan wait to board an aircraft during the evacuation of hundreds of survivors on November 12, 2013 in Tacloban, Philippines. In the deadly storm's aftermath, U.S. organizations and lawmakers have petitioned the federal government to grant temporary protected status to Philippine nationals.
In the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines earlier this month, efforts are afoot to convince U.S. officials to grant Philippine nationals protection from deportation.
The designation is known informally as TPS, short for temporary protected status. It's typically granted to immigrants from countries affected by natural disasters or war, allowing them to live and work legally in the United States for a specific period of time.
In recent days, Filipino American organizations, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and a growing list of lawmakers have been petitioning the federal government to grant TPS to Philippine nationals who are here on temporary visas or without legal status.
Congressman Xavier Becerra of California is one of 28 House members who signed a letter to Homeland Security officials this week. With damaged infrastructure and millions displaced, the Philippines is in no shape to handle returning nationals, Becerra said.
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A naturalization ceremony on June 21, 2013 in New York City. President Obama's recent willingness to consider a piecemeal approach to immigration reform has prompted questions about alternatives to a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, and how limited of legal status they may accept.
Illegal immigrants are divided over the importance of citizenship - New York Times President Obama's recent willingness to consider a piecemeal approach to immigration reform has prompted questions about how limited of legal status some immigrants might accept. While a path to citizenship is the ultimate goal of immigration reform backers, some say protection from deportation and the ability to work legally is a good enough first step.
Why immigrant detainees still aren't safe from abuse - Frontline A federal Government Accountability Office report finds that immigrant detainees still have trouble reporting sexual abuse and assault, and are sometimes deported before allegations are fully investigated. From the story: "Detainees often don’t report abuse for several reasons, including fear of retribution. But when they do, the government doesn’t always track the claims or report them through the proper channels."
Immigration reform supporters during a march this year in Sacramento, Calif. With no progress so far on a comprehensive immigration overhaul, President Obama is now indicating that he may accept a piecemeal approach to reforming the system, as proposed by many House Republicans.
Obama says he could back piecemeal immigration overhaul - Wall Street Journal President Obama said Tuesday in an interview that he's amenable to accepting what House Republicans have been pushing all along: A piecemeal approach to immigration reform. From the story: "Mr. Obama has long favored the sweeping immigration bill that passed the Senate in June, but the House has made clear it wouldn't consider that measure." Efforts to pass a comprehensive overhaul have so far failed.
The billionaire and the immigrant - Mark Zuckerberg and Carlos Vargas join forces in Silicon Valley for immigration reform - Fox News Latino Vargas, a 28-year-old unauthorized immigrant who arrived in the U.S. as a child, is one of 20 young immigrants chosen to take part in an immigration "hackathon" this week in Silicon Valley orchestrated by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other tech leaders. The idea is to develop applications and other projects to help pass immigration reform.
The University of Southern California announced on Tuesday that it's taking over management of the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, one of just a handful of U.S. institutions dedicated to Asian art.
Under the new arrangement, the museum will become the USC Pacific Asia Museum and its 14 staffers will become USC employees. USC's Fisher Museum of Art chief Selma Holo will take on the added role of interim executive director at the new organization, effective immediately.
Holo said university leadership recognized the important role the Pasadena museum and its massive collection - 17,000 art items spanning more than 5,000 years - could play. USC wants to spotlight its relationship with Asia as it positions itself as a top Pacific Rim university. China alone accounted for more than 3,700 USC students last year.
A boy stands amid ruins in Tacloban, a Philippine city of 220,000 was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. A new Pew Research survey finds that Americans' level of interest in the killer storm has been lower than in other recent disasters.
It's most likely a combination of factors, say researchers from Pew's Center for the People & the Press, whose new national survey suggests that the aftermath of the storm has drawn less attention from the American public than other major international disasters in recent years.
According to the Pew Research report, only about 32 percent of Americans surveyed — about one in three — said they were "very closely following news" about the storm that devastated the Philippines on Nov. 8, killing nearly 4,000 people at last count and leaving countless others homeless. Many said they followed other international disasters more closely. From the report: