On February 27, 2018, Tacoma City Council unanimously voted to change the municipal code to ensure that no immigrant detention centers can be built in Heavy Industrial or Port-Maritime Industrial zones - ever again! While this doesn’t mean we can close down the Northwest Detention Center (yet), the NWDC has legally become a non-conforming land use. What this means is that we’ve blocked the NWDC from expanding again! Let’s celebrate this victory – a wrench in the immigration machine – even as we recommit to dismantling ICE and ending immigrant detention in Tacoma, and everywhere else.
Our victory has GEO Group running scared. On March 22, they sued the City of Tacoma to have this ordinance invalidated. We know that when we fight, we win, and we will continue fighting to protect our victory, until we shut down the NWDC. We are grateful to have you in this fight.