Lawmakers pass bill to limit immigration detention center

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma would not be allowed to expand under a bill that the state House of Representatives approved Wednesday. If it becomes law, HB 2640 would declare that the privately owned and operated immigration detention center is not an “essential public facility,” Rep. Jake Fey, the bill’s sponsor, says that would enable Tacoma to block expansion of the facility. The GEO Group runs the facility for the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE. The House voted 85-12 to approve the bill, which moves to a Senate committee.