More ICE Madness: DHS`s Detention and Removal Unit Admits Defeat


The revolving door of immigration detention, which I

described and denounced
back in the days of the bad
old INS, is alive and well in the new Department of
Homeland Security.

Before the

meltdown
of the department`s Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE)
division gets any worse,

Secretario Ridge
had better take a good look at the
unit`s so-called “strategic plan” for immigration
detention.

Maintaining the status quo of the

federal immigration bureaucracy
and its

deportation abyss
isn`t much of a strategy.

In June, 2003, the ICE Detention and Removal unit (DRO)
released a ten-year strategic plan called

Endgame
.
In the plan, DRO

Director
, Anthony S. Tangeman admits defeat in
controlling the division`s “non-detained docket.”

“Non-detained docket” is ICE`s euphemism for
the

389,000
(and counting) illegal aliens and criminal
alien residents the federal government already let out
of custody, whereupon they`ve disappeared.

The DRO`s own report reveals:

“The Detention and
Removal program does not have a program to effectively
manage its non-detained docket. The appearance rate of
individuals released from ICE custody is estimated to be
15 percent and the program does not have the resources
to identify, locate, apprehend and process the remaining
85 percent.”
[Section 2-5,

PDF
page 16]

Oh. So why not start requesting those resources?
Here`s an idea – maybe it`s time to redirect some of the
funds earmarked to provide Muslim

chaplains
for detainees!

Endgame also candidly admits:

“The Institutional
Removal Program (IRP), as currently executed, is
inefficient and less effective than it should be . . .”

[Section 2-7,

PDF
page 17]

“The Absconder
Apprehension Initiative (AAI) . . . indicated that there
is a significant backlog of unexecuted final orders of
removal. The National Fugitive Operations Program (NFOP)
will target this backlog by facilitating the
apprehension and subsequent removal of those fugitives.
The goal over the next ten years will be to eliminate
this backlog and to ensure that our efforts in terms of
apprehension and removal of fugitive cases equals the
number of new cases falling into this category.”

{Section 4-4,

PDF
page 32]

In other words, the DRO is going to keep on releasing
aliens. The aliens will keep on disappearing. Then the
DRO will have to keep on going back out into the field
to find them all over again.

The DRO`s goal is merely to break even within ten
years – while perpetuating the lunacy of the

“catch and release”
model.

Some plan!

I wonder if any of the great minds in the plan`s
“Strategic Plan Working Group”
(SPWG) ever thought
to ask Secretario Ridge to stop this

“catch and release”
madness once and for all?

Since hardly any non-detained aliens ever

show up
for their actual deportation, how about this

novel concept
:

STOP RELEASING THE
ILLEGAL ALIENS AND CRIMINAL ALIENS FROM DETENTION IN THE
FIRST PLACE!

Believe it or not, aside from the woeful lack of
detention space and paltry immigration bonds fueling the
revolving door, the situation here is not all the DRO`s
fault.

Let`s be sure to give blame where blame is due.

In the

failed
immigration bureaucracy, all roads lead to
the

EOIR
– the Justice Department`s

orphaned
immigration agency called the Executive
Office for Immigration Review.

The number one problem here is the very existence of
the EOIR

Immigration Court
system.

As long as the

futile
and

delay-ridden
EOIR process is not

abolished
altogether – as long as

ICE
keeps bonding aliens out of

DRO
detention – and as long as the Bureau of Customs
and Border Protection (CBP)
keeps paroling and releasing illegal aliens into the
country where they promptly disappear, more and more
illegal aliens will materialize in the American
heartland every day.

And the madness will continue.


Juan Mann [send him
email
] is a lawyer and the proprietor of

DeportAliens.com
.