Pushing Back Against Trump’s Plan to Turn Concord Naval Weapons Station into a Detention Facility
Dear Contra Costa County Residents:
This week we wanted to share an update with you on the recent immigration news affecting Contra Costa County, as well as our other recent work in Washington, DC and at home.
IMMIGRATION: CONCORD NAVAL WEAPONS STATION
As you probably know, over the past couple weeks it was reported that the Trump Administration sought to construct detention centers for immigrants in California including a camp for as many as 47,000 immigrants at the former Naval Weapons Station in Concord. I am wholeheartedly against this inhumane and reckless plan to force people to live in unsafe conditions, and I voiced my concerns to the Administration. While we have since been informed that the effort to turn Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) into a detention facility has been halted at this time, it is important that we stay vigilant and not let our guard down.
Below you will find a list of our actions and statements on the Concord Naval Weapons Station news and a compilation of some of the press coverage we received.
DeSaulnier Actions and Statements Issued:
- Initial Response to Trump Administration's Proposal to Create Camp for 47,000 Immigrants at Concord Naval Weapons Station, June 22, 2018
- Hosted Facebook Live Town Hall on Immigration and Concord Naval Weapons Station, June 26, 2018
- Voiced Concerns to Secretary Spencer on the Impact of a Detention Facility at CNWS, June 26, 2018
- Led a Delegation Letter Calling on U.S. Navy Secretary Spencer to Release Draft Proposal for Concord Naval Weapons Station Detention Facility, June 26, 2018
- Received Confirmation that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Will Not Be Moving Forward with a Detention Center at CNWS, and Issued this Statement, June 28, 2018
Compilation of Press Coverage on CNWS:
San Francisco Chronicle: East Bay congressman assails proposal for migrant tent city in Concord
OPIOIDS: SUBPOENA REQUEST FOR DOJ REPORT INDICATING PURDUE PHARMA CONCEALED KNOWLEDGE OF OXYCONTIN ABUSE
Following reports by the New York Times that Purdue Pharma concealed information that they knew OxyContin was highly addictive shortly after it was brought to market in 1996, Congressman DeSaulnier and Ranking Member of the Oversight Committee Elijah Cummings requested that Chairman Trey Gowdy issue a subpoena to compel the Department of Justice (DOJ) to produce documents related to its investigation of these accusations.
To read more about this action, click here.
MARK AROUND TOWN
Celebrating Concord's 150th Anniversary on July 4th
As a longtime resident of Concord and someone who has represented it in the city, county, state, and federal governments, I am grateful to represent such a diverse city and extend my congratulations on its 150th anniversary.
Environmental Town Hall
Earlier this year, we asked Contra Costa residents to vote on town hall topics, and environmental protection was at the top of the list. This past week, we held the "Protecting Our Environment" town hall in Moraga.
During the town hall, we discussed the major environmental laws that protect our air, water, wildlife, and open spaces, and attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts.
We were joined by local environmental organizations who shared the ways they are working to protect our planet.
Thank you to all who came and participated in this important conversation!
Veterans Town Hall
At our veterans town hall in Lafayette, we discussed the issues important to this community and shared how our office can assist with federal agencies like the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service.
Our veterans should receive the care and recognition they deserve, and I continue to work toward that end every day.