The Navy will not be establishing a detention facility for immigrants at the former Naval Weapons Station Concord in northern California or at other locations in the state, according to a city of Concord email obtained by the Mercury News. Guy Bjerke, who is leading the city’s effort to redevelop the Navy base, told residents at an emergency special meeting Wednesday that Navy officials have continued to say a draft memo obtained by Time magazine last week was only intended to prepare options in case the Department of Homeland Security asks the military to house immigrants. The memo proposes constructing facilities for up to 47,000 people each at the former weapons station and Camp Pendleton in Southern California. Concord has been negotiating the terms for transferring 2,300 acres at the former base and expects to take over portions of the property from the Navy within months.
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