In response to the President’s call for the military to assist in holding ICE detainees, the Department of the Navy has drawn up plans to build “temporary and austere” tent cities for tens of thousands of immigrants on remote bases in California, Alabama, and Arizona.
A facility at Camp Pendleton, according to an internal planning memo obtained by Time Magazine, will be built to house 47,000 people; another at a former Naval Weapons Station in Concord, near San Francisco, will hold a similar number.
Abandoned airfields near Mobile, Alabama, at Navy Outlying Field Wolf in Orange Beach, Alabama, and nearby Navy Outlying Field Silverhill will have facilities for an additional 25,000 people. The document suggests a further study to consider housing an undetermined number of detainees at the Marine Corps Air Station near Yuma, Arizona.
Since the President likes to “brand” everything, I propose the name “Trump Camp” for these facilities. Hopefully, the name will stick like the “Hoovervilles” stuck to the 31st President of the United States.
In the Navy document, military officials propose a 60-day timeline to build the first temporary tent facility for 5,000 adults. After that, military officials suggest they could add room for 10,000 additional individuals each month.
The memo was written by Phyllis L. Bayer, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment, in anticipation for a request from the Department of Homeland Security. It recommends Navy Secretary Richard Spencer sign off on the plan, which allocates roughly 450 square feet per immigrant held for housing, support staff and security, and send it to Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Mattis’ office declined to comment on the proposed plan obtained by TIME.
Short version: the President recited a completely fabricated (and ludicrous) statistic about immigrant murders today that originated with a Steve King blog post over a decade ago.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 22, 2018
— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) June 22, 2018
The Trump Executive Order to stop separating kids from their parents is classic lipstick on a pig. Their border policy is still an immoral and un-American pig.
— Rep. Scott Peters (@RepScottPeters) June 22, 2018
There are 660,000 illegal immigrants in the United States from European countries, the vast majority of them white. Yet, you don’t see a single one of them have their children stripped away, raided, or locked up in cages. We all know why.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) June 22, 2018