Mattis says he'll dispatch Navy hospital ship to help Venezuelan migrants
[The Hill] Defense Secretary James Mattis said Friday that a U.S. Navy hospital ship will be deployed to the Colombian coast to treat refugees from Venezuela.
"It is absolutely a humanitarian mission. We’re not sending soldiers, we’re sending doctors," Mattis told reporters on Friday, according to the Miami Herald.
The secretary described the move as a way to "deal with the human cost of [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro and his increasingly isolated regime."
The United Nations said earlier this week that an estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled the country amid economic and political crisis as of June, with many going to countries such as Colombia and Brazil.
The U.N. has deemed the situation to be a refugee crisis.
Posted by: Besoeker 2018-08-18