Just east of downtown Tacoma, over the famed black steel bridge above the Thea Foss Waterway, the streets fan out past warehouses, abandoned industrial sites, petroleum staging plants, and the Northwest Detention Center.
The NWDC holds undocumented people rounded up by ICE for deportation. It is a private prison on port land keeping the sorrows and disappointments of the imprisoned hidden there. But feelings about this clearly show on a junk rail car close by the prison.
Dozens of pallets with their payloads wrapped in plastic lay next to the car. These bundles together look like ice flows jammed up against a frozen shore.