Admittedly caught off guard by release of a government contingency plan to house up to 47,000 immigrant asylum seekers at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier Friday took to Social Media to address the issue and help spread word of the plan.
DeSaulnier told a growing audience of viewer/listeners that he was first alerted to the plan by the media, that he was surprised by its breadth and scope and that he was hoping to draft a response to appropriate officials in Washington, D.C. as soon as possible.
He called the plan “harebrained” and “immoral” and said he would do “everything within my power to stop it.”
“The thought that this immoral policy would actually come to Concord, Calif. in any form or fashion just won’t happen,” DeSaulnier said.
The congressman said he was made aware of the U.S. Navy contingency plan, which if it comes to pass would be in place within 60 days and built to house tens of thousands of asylum seekers for as long as a year, through the preview of an article appearing in Time Magazine he was shown late Friday afternoon.
In that article, planners identify a number of sites suitable for holding immigrant detainees, including the former Naval Weapons Station and another at Camp Pendleton, site of the Marine Corps’ largest training facility in Southern California.
An outline of the plan estimates that the Navy would spend about $233 million to build and maintain a facility for up to six months. Navy planners were apparently also instructed to come up with a budget for keeping the sites running from between six months to one year.
DeSaulnier said the Navy was directed to come up with the plan at the direct order of the President, though that has yet to be confirmed. The Navy is declining comment.
A former mayor of Concord, DeSaulnier said the administration has made a manageable situation into a crises and, in the video stream, asked the Trump administration to “stop, just stop.”