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Honore says bring Haitian evacuees to Gulf Coast

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Posted: Jan 21, 2010 10:08 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Jan 21, 2010 10:18 AM
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Topics: Russel Honore, Haiti, evacuees, refugees, earthquake, Gulf Coast, Katrina, Louisiana, hurricane, WBRZ

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who restored order after Hurricane Katrina, is calling on the United States, and in particular the governors along the Gulf Coast, to offer refuge to the most vulnerable Haitians affected by the deadly Jan. 12 earthquake.

Doctors agreed with Honore, but said it was unlikely large numbers of Haitians would be airlifted to U.S. hospitals. They pointed out that U.S. hospitals might find it hard to handle large numbers of Haitian victims.

Governors and their staff in Texas, Mississippi and Florida did not immediately return calls seeking a response to Honore's comments.

A spokesman for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Louisiana officials have been "in constant contact" with federal authorities and that the state stands "ready to assist the recovery efforts." He added that the federal government "has the lead on handling international citizens that may evacuate to the United States."

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