- Create Personal crafted email or letter ASAP
- Using example letter and personalize with stories and your own language
- If possible have a leader of your organization sign-off on it
- If possible put it on letterhead, add a signature, and attach as a pdf. or doc. file
- Put “URGENT REQUEST FOR TPS” in the subject line
- Email it directly to: Jessica Blanche, firstname.lastname@example.org, Richard’s assistant
- CC: David Foran, email@example.com; Suzanne Sheldon, SheldonSA@state.gov; and James Bean, BeanJW@state.gov
- BCC: Irene Jor, firstname.lastname@example.org (to track letters sent)
———————EXAMPLE LETTER BELOW & ATTACHED———
Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary of State
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Assistant Secretary Richard,
Positive Opening: I thank you for your time and consideration on this very important matter.
Introduction of individual/ organization and who is represented if applicable
I am writing on behalf of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), an alliance comprised of several hundred members from 30 member organizations that are based in over 23 cities throughout the U.S.
Demand/Request for TPS for entire country
NAFCON urges your office to recommend to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) be designated for the entire country of the Philippines.
Explanation of why TPS is important
The story of Harold Butanas exemplifies why TPS is an important form of relief for the Philippines. Harold currently supports his wife and children in the Philippines whose entire neighborhood was completely destroyed by the Typhoon. Harold, who is a victim of human trafficking and without legal documentation, is his family’s best hope for survival. He is currently employed but has been informed that if he does not obtain work authorization he will be let go.
If TPS is granted, many thousands of Filipinos like Harold will be able to work in the U.S. and provide direct relief to their families and their country. In addition, the U.S. will take the appropriate step of no longer deporting Filipinos back to the Philippines, which clearly can not re-absorb the many who left in search of livelihood that did not exist prior to the typhoon. Following the typhoon, repatriating Filipinos will create a much greater hardship on the country and its millions of families and citizens needing help.
Given these reasons, I respectfully reiterate the request for your office to recommend to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) be designated for the entire country of the Philippines.