I'm laughing my fundament off at the outraged reaction of California liberals and progressives to the news that the US Navy has identified two possibly very large illegal alien detention facilities in that state.
Sites identified by the Navy include:
- Abandoned airfields near Mobile and Orange Beach, Alabama that could house up to 25,000 migrants.
- the former Naval Weapons Station Concord near San Francisco that could house an estimated 47,000.
- A site at Camp Pendleton California that could house up to 47,000.
- A potential site at the Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma, Arizona that needs further study of potential housing capabilities.
There's more at the link.
This has gotten local politicians - who are unalterably opposed to the current Administration's policies towards illegal aliens - frothing at the mouth.
Hundreds of opponents of the Trump administration’s alleged policy of “family separation” protested at the border in San Diego on Saturday, and thousands protested outside the local headquarters of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — though President Donald Trump had already signed an executive order providing that illegal alien families would be detained together.
The protests could be even worse in Northern California, where opposition to President Trump’s policy is stronger. A furious Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) called the plan to house illegal aliens at the naval base, which is in his district, “madness”:
The @eastbaytimes reported on the unprecedented & thoughtless Trump Administration proposal to construct a detention facility to hold up to 47,000 immigrants at the Naval Weapons Station in Concord. It is madness & we are fighting this in every way we can. https://t.co/jx57ZrNtBn
— Mark DeSaulnier (@RepDeSaulnier) June 23, 2018
Others agreed, and appealed to the state’s Democratic members of Congress:
Sen. Harris, please look into the report on the Navy opening the Concord Naval Weapon Station in California for use as a detention center for up to 47,000 immigrants and do what you can to shut this plan down! Concord will not be a party to this! #TrumpConcentrationCampsForKids
— J. Trevizo (@jtrevizo1013) June 22, 2018
Again, more at the link.
I would have thought that any politician genuinely concerned about the well-being of illegal aliens would welcome housing them in the relatively temperate, comfortable climate of California, where so many of their fellow countrymen (at least ethnically speaking, if not nationality-wise) would be available to help them, assist with their welfare, and make them feel welcome.
Or . . . is it perhaps a manifestation of the NIMBY attitude? Could it be that those politicians don't want more competition for the resources already in short supply for their constituents? And could it be that they're afraid an influx of illegals will impact - and thus anger - the people on whose votes they rely?
Your guess is as good as mine . . . but I think I can make a pretty good guess. I also think that President Trump, and probably Secretary of Defense Mattis, are laughing very hard at the outrage this proposal has stirred up. Come on, progressives - put your money where your mouths are!