The Navy is developing plans to construct detention facilities for tens of thousands of immigrants on a combination of active installations, outlying landing fields and one closed base, according to a draft memo obtained by Time magazine. The document outlines plans to build “temporary and austere” tent cities to house 25,000 migrants at two outlying landing fields near Mobile, Ala. The memo proposes constructing facilities for up to 47,000 people each at two sites in California — Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Southern California and the former Naval Weapons Station Concord in northern California. It proposes studying the possibility of housing migrants at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., as well.
The memo recommends Navy Secretary Richard Spencer approve the plans. It estimates the Navy would spend about $233 million to construct and operate a facility for 25,000 people for a six-month period. Last week On Base reported that the Trump administration is planning to house up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on military installations following a request from the Department of Health and Human Services to have facilities available as early as July.