ME: Office of Detention and Removal Strategic Plan, 2003 – 2012 — Detention and Removal Strategy for a Secure Homeland; http://www.ice.gov/graphics/dro/endgame.pdf

The plan is to build the capability to “remove all removable aliens,” and the detained population is to include “illegal economic migrants, aliens who have committed criminal acts, asylum-seekers (required to be retained by law) or potential terrorists.”


Chapter 2. Situational Assessment Overview

The Detention and Deportation Program, now the Office of Detention and Removal (DRO), was established in a 1955 reorganization of the INS to carry out a mission first articulated in the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. The Alien and Sedition Acts included the earliest deportation legislation, which empowered the President to order the departure from the United States of all aliens deemed dangerous. Legislation since then has expanded the detention and removal operations and redefined the classes of aliens to be deported or excluded. The basic mission, however, remains the same: Remove all removable aliens.


DRO detainees are all held for administrative, not criminal law, violations. They are awaiting the adjudication of their immigration status cases, and are not being held subject to a criminal conviction. This detained population is inherently unique, requiring specialized knowledge and processes to safely and humanely hold in appropriate facilities and meet all operational demands. The DRO detained population includes illegal economic migrants, aliens who have committed criminal acts, asylum-seekers (required to be detained by law) or potential terrorists.

For discussion see

D.317 “10-Year U.S. Strategic Plan For Detention Camps Revives Proposals From Oliver North.” Article for Pacific News Service, February 21, 2006.