A group of migrants released from federal custody on June 20, 2018, walk down the street toward a bus station in McAllen, Texas.

Trevor Hughes-USA TODAY

Navy May Detain 47,000 Immigrants In East Bay Tent City

KCBS Radio Afternoon News
June 22, 2018 - 3:26 pm

A plan to detain tens of thousands of immigrants on military bases includes the possibility of building a sprawling tent city at a former navy base in the East Bay. 

The plan under consideration by the U.S. Navy suggests housing up to 47,000 migrants at the Naval Weapons Station in Concord, according to Time magazine.  

"We want nothing to do with the amoral and unethical policy that this administration is doing," said  Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Walnut Creek) on KCBS Radio. His district includes the shuttered naval base. "It's just madness." 

The plan said the detention camps for migrants accused of illegally entering the country would be "temporary and austere," according to Time. The proposal estimated holding them in Concord for six months. Such an influx of people would have "lots of impacts on the community," according to DeSaulnier. 

Other sites under consideration include Camp Pendleton in Southern California and abandoned airfields in Alabama, Time reported. 

President Trump's immigration policy has sparked a national debate. In a reversal, Trump on Wednesday ordered an end to the controversial policy that separated children from their parents at the border. 

"We want to have a rational conversation about the challenges around immigration," said DeSaulnier.

In a statement to KCBS Radio, Navy spokesman Gregory Hicks said “It would be inappropriate to discuss internal deliberative planning documents.”