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Rep. DeSaulnier Uses Social Media To Address Government Use Of Concord NWS For Immigrant Detainees

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Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (Facebook Livestream)

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.”

31 COMMENTS

  1. He’s going to have to fire Scott Pruitt in order to fund this bullshit. The administration can take what they need out of Pruitt’s furniture fund.

  2. DeSaulnier doesn’t want the immigrants at the Concord NWS, he wants them free to roam the streets of Concord, and every city nearby. A political opportunist at every tuen, DeSaulnier syas not in our backyard! Where does he suggest putting them and how does he propose solving the immigration crisis he and his fellow Congresspeople have kicked down the trail for decades.

  3. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

  4. This is going to require a really good Chardonnay. My nerves are totally on edge. What’s next?

  5. Folks seeking asylum have to be processed somewhere…why not here? I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

  6. Another trial balloon from the bloviator in chief. Anything to keep that base happy.

  7. I’m giving serious thought about staying in a country where this sort of thing is allowed to happen. The problem is our president has turned the leaders of countries who might consider taking me in against us — I don’t know where to go.

  8. Twisting in the Wind is the new slogan. Manzanar would be the place. It is after all a federal park.

  9. An orange colored trial balloon floated by our friend in Washington and unfortunately putting the Navy and the city of Concord right in the middle of it. I fully believe this man wakes up mornings and asks himself What can I say or do to piss off the most people today? Any press is good press right? And the walking dead love him for it.

  10. And babies will be born. Citizens made. All the refugee-parents will become citizens living under blue-tarp tents you paid for. No lawyer required.
    These are refugee camps and nothing else. NIMBY when appropriate, DeSaulnier. All your talks come home to roost.
    Call me when the U.N. shows up.

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