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Disaster-Related Conditions: Status and Obama Administration

disaster-related conditions: But Homeland Security said that after a review of the environmental disaster-related conditions upon which the country's original designation was based and an assessment of whether those originating conditions continue to exist, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen decided the protections were no longer warranted, according to Toronto Star. The U.S. created Temporary Protected Status in 1990 to provide a safe haven for citizens of countries affected by war and natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and hurricanes. They were granted that status during the Obama administration after an April 2015 earthquake killed more than 8,000 people in Nepal, and it was extended for 18 months in October 2016. The status currently shields several hundred thousand people from 10 countries. The decision on Nepal probably will be felt most acutely in New York and the Dallas-Fort Worth area, which had the largest Nepalese immigrant communities in the United States in 2015 with 9,000 each, according to the Pew Research Center. It generally includes authorization to work. ( As reported in the news.