In the end, they decided they didnt need it, Castillo said. We welcome that decision.
All five of Pembroke Pines commissioners have publicly expressed their opposition to the facilitys location, which would be surrounded almost entirely by Pembroke Pines.
They voted together in March to file a lawsuit against CCA, and to send a letter to President Barack Obama in January asking him to intervene in the selection of a site. The White House never replied.
The city also has spent nearly $125,000 in legal costs since September fighting the center and defending itself from a CCA lawsuit.
CCA counted with a federal lawsuit against Pembroke Pines in March, one day after Pembroke Pines commissioners voted to cancel a contract to provide fire-rescue, emergency medical, water and sewer services to the facility.
Pembroke Pines commissioners also had voted to hire an outside attorney to file a lawsuit against CCA in state court requesting a declaratory judgment, or a judges ruling, that would resolve the question of whether Pembroke Pines would have been legally required to provide water and sewer service to the proposed detention center.
But CCA beat the city to the punch. The next morning, the company filed a lawsuit against Pembroke Pines in federal court.
CCAs lawsuit asked a judge to order Pembroke Pines to cease attempts to block the proposed detention center, and to provide water and sewer service to the facility.
The lawsuit also asked that Pembroke Pines pay CCA for any profits the company loses as a result of the citys efforts to block the facility from being built.
It is unclear how ICEs decision will affect CCAs lawsuit against Pembroke Pines.
Owen, the CCA spokesman, said in an email that the companys lawsuit has not been affected.
We have no change in the status of our complaint to report, he wrote. We will continue to assess any developments with our legal representatives.
Some residents and activists opposed to the facility reacted to ICEs announcement with a call to meet up Friday night at a tiki bar on U.S. 27 near Griffin Road.
Kathy Bird, a South Florida organizer for the Florida Immigrant Coalition, an immigrant advocacy group, and campaign coordinator for the CCA Go Away campaign, said President Obamas Friday announcement regarding deferred deportation of young immigrants meshed perfectly with ICEs abandoning the proposed facility in Southwest Ranches.
Having ICE walk away from this detention center is definitely a step in the right direction, she said. This shows that our government is listening to us, finally. Thats at least how I feel today.