How would you convince 200 homeless people to move into a concentration camp, and trust you to plan the rest of their lives?
That’s the question Sacramento Mayor Darrel Steinberg posed during a protest against his own plan to warehouse the city’s homeless.
“We’re building concentration camps not unlike those on America’s southern border,” said Steinberg. “Would Mr. Rogers do that? No. But what else would he do if he was in my shoes?”
Officially called “triage shelters,” the enormous warehouses are reminiscent of bunkers used by the German Wehrmacht, who fired deadly V2 “Retribution Weapons” at London in 1944-45.
Other residents familiar with the Del Paso Boulevard site say the structures look just like Auschwitz.
“I’ve never been to Auschwitz, but that shelter looks just like it,” said City Council member Angelique Ashby. “It’s unconscionable, but what else are we supposed to do when 90% of the homeless have a disability and will need help for the rest of their lives?”
The city reports that 50% of the people at the city’s new concentration camps have a substance abuse problem, while 60% have a mental illness.
Steinberg said the concentration camps are temporary.