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Jan 20, 2010 7:05 PM by Rob Kirkpatrick

Gulf Coast Called On To Be Safe Haven For Haitian Refugees

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - 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, Louisiana, Mississippi and
Florida did not immediately return calls seeking a response to
Honore's comments.
The press secretary for Alabama Gov. Bob Riley said that the
state has not been asked to shelter Haitians, but he added that
"if that need arises" Alabama "stands ready to work with our
federal partners to help."

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