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UNDOCUMENTED PINOYS GRANTED TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE STATUS BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

A recent rally in support of immigratio reform (Photo source: sayanythingblog.com)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles®) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated the Philippines for Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for a period of 12 months, effective July 1, 2015 until the new elected Philippine president takes office next year.

Under section 244(b)(1)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(B), the Secretary of Homeland Security is authorized to designate a foreign state (or any part thereof) for TPS upon finding that the foreign state has experienced events or situations resulting in a substantial, but temporary, disruption of living conditions.

A similar status was just granted to Nepal which recently experienced a massive, devastating earthquake.

A TPS means that nationals from the desginated country who are in the U.S. illegally will be temporarily immune from deportation and are eligible to apply for work authorization or travel permit. While it does not automatically give them a permanent resident status, they are allowed to apply for a green card – if they qualify – once the period of TPS expires.

The TPS for the Philippines was based on extreme devastating living conditions in the country resulting from widespread political curruption and inefficiency of the Aquino administration. The Department of Homeland Security cited massive unemployment, high crime rate, lack of affordable housing, rising food prices, overcrowding in Metro Manila and other urban areas, and the nightmarish traffic conditions exacerbated by mismanagement of MRT, Metro Manila’s light railway system. This is not to mention that majority of politicians now in office are linked to  graft, corruption or plunder cases.

All these conditions are expected to significantly improve once Aquino steps down at the end of his presidential term in 2016.

WILL THE ‘UNDOCUMENTED’ ROSE FOSTANES PLEASE STEP FORWARD?

imageTel Aviv, Israel – The  story of  a Filipina caregiver who captivated the world for winning the first-ever X Factor Israel this week is one of “rags to riches.” After winning the singing competition, 47-year old Rose Fostanes is on her way to recording contracts and professional gigs that would pay millions of dollars.

But, STOP THE PRESSES!

While Fostanes the caregiver is documented in Israel, Fostanes the singer is not. Like with most immigration laws anywhere in the world, foreign nationals are granted work permits to get paid for the specific jobs that they were recruited for. In Fostanes’ case, she can legally work in Israel only as a caregiver.

This means that Fostanes cannot get paid for recording contracts or professional concerts and appearances within Israel.  This has become a big dilemma for the producers of X Factor Israel.

But no worries. The producers have come up with a brilliant idea to skirt around the country’s immigration laws.

Beginning next week, Fostanes will go on a road tour throughout Israel, visiting hospitals and convalescent homes, singing for the sick and elderly. All her appearances will be televised and she will get paid for it.

“We will be paying her as a caregiver, not as a singer,” the producers said, “so we will not be violating any Israeli law or the conditions of her legal work permit.

All’s well that ends well.