US Navy Plans to Convert Naval Base into Center to Stop up to 47,000 Immigrants

More than a dozen California congressmen demonstrated against the project.

A handful of California congressmen demand that the US Navy divulge information about the Trump administration’s request to detain thousands of immigrants at a former naval base.

The Navy, Time reported, plans to convert the Concord base, near San Francisco, into an austere camp to retain up to 47,000 immigrants. The internal document obtained by the magazine was drafted by Phyllis L. Bayer, deputy secretary of the Navy, in anticipation of a request from the Department of National Security.

The congressmen informed the KQED radio station, sent a letter to the Navy on Tuesday in which they express their concern about the possible use of the land in Contra Costa County to carry out the policy of zero tolerance.

The signers of the letter, all Democrats, include:

Ami Bera (Elk Grove)

Anna Eshoo (Palo Alto)

John Garamendi (Fairfield)

Jared Huffman (San Rafael)

Ro Khanna (Santa Clara)

Barbara Lee (Oakland)

Zoe Lofgren (San Jóse)

Doris Matsui (Sacramento)

Jerry McNerney (Antioch)

Jimmy Panetta (Salinas)

Jackie Speier (San Mateo)

Eric Swalwell (Castro Valley)

Mike Thompson (Napa)

Many of the public servants travelled to the state of Texas last week to witness the conditions of the centers in which children who have been separated from their parents are being held.

US Navy Plans to Convert Naval Base into Center to Stop up to 47,000 Immigrants

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-Walnut Creek) sent another letter on his behalf, in which he says that Trump’s proposal goes against “the values of our community” and alleges that the facilities are not safe, as they are located next door of a warehouse of ammunition and explosives. Even, DeSaulnier said, the naval base does not have a drainage system or electricity.

The Navy has not confirmed the facts, but a spokesman said that “a list of options that can be considered has been prepared”, in order to “inform a discussion among (among) senior leaders on the issue.”

 

 

Source: La Opinion