Wednesday, June 29, 2011

ENDGAME Office of Detention and Removal Operation 2003-2012


Office of Detention and Removal Strategic Plan
2003-2012

Detention and Removal Strategy for a Secure Homeland


Contents




Executive Summary ...................................................................................................... ii
Chapter 1. Introduction...........................................................................................1-1
Situation................................................................................................................................................1-1
Enforcement Challenge .........................................................................................................................1-1
Strategic Framework.............................................................................................................................1-2
Stakeholders.........................................................................................................................................1-3
Plan Development ................................................................................................................................1-5
Plan Structure .......................................................................................................................................1-6
Execution ..............................................................................................................................................1-6
Chapter 2. Situational Assessment .......................................................................2-1
Overview...............................................................................................................................................2-1
Situation................................................................................................................................................2-1
Reorganizations and Demands for Service.......................................................................................2-1
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT).....................................................................2-2
Strengths ..........................................................................................................................................2-2
Weaknesses .....................................................................................................................................2-4
Opportunities ....................................................................................................................................2-7
Threats............................................................................................................................................2-10
Chapter 3. Goals and Objectives ...........................................................................3-1
Goal Relationships................................................................................................................................3-1
Homeland Security to DRO ...............................................................................................................3-1
Goal Alignment .....................................................................................................................................3-4
Milestones.............................................................................................................................................3-6
Chapter 4. Strategies ..............................................................................................4-1
Strategic Concept .................................................................................................................................4-1
Strategic Fundamentals........................................................................................................................4-1
Foundations for Success .......................................................................................................................4-1
General .................................................................................................................................................4-2
Strategic Challenges and Success Factors...........................................................................................4-3
Strategic Challenges .........................................................................................................................4-3
Key Success Factors........................................................................................................................4-3
Strategic Initiatives................................................................................................................................4-3
Strategies..........................................................................................................................................4-4
Execution ............................................................................................................................................4-10
Effective..........................................................................................................................................4-10
Plan Maintenance...........................................................................................................................4-10
Planning Cycle................................................................................................................................4-10
Glossary..................................................................................................................... G-1
Executive Summary



Endgame is the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Detention and Removal (DRO) multi-year strategic enforcement plan. It stresses the effective and efficient execution of the critical service DRO provides its partners and stakeholders to enforce the nation’s immigration and naturalization laws. The DRO strategic plan sets in motion a cohesive enforcement program with a ten-year time horizon that will build the capacity to “remove all removable aliens,” eliminate the backlog of unexecuted final order removal cases, and realize its vision.


DRO VISION
“Within ten years, the Detention and Removal Program will be able to meet all of our commitments to and mandates from the President, Congress, and the American people.”

Endgame is an essential part of an overall strategic planning process that will integrate operations with budget development and performance measurement. The DRO Strategic Plan Working Group, which developed this plan, will maintain it and the process through a suite of performance indicators. These will ensure that operations and accomplishments are appropriately measured and that the plan accurately reflects the current and future environment.

Endgame is pro-active in its vision to confront and overcome the many challenges DRO faces today and will face tomorrow. Throughout the next ten years, DRO will implement and execute a series of strategies that will develop the capacity and capability to execute all final orders of removal. The three themes listed below are DRO’s “foundations for success,” the pillars supporting the platform from which this plan and its strategies will be launched:

o Building partnerships with critical stakeholders;
o Developing a professional workforce and the infrastructure to retain it; and
o Employing mission-critical systems and information technology.

Endgame embodies the core principles found within the National Strategy for Homeland Security. The National Strategy for Homeland Security promotes a balanced and integrated enforcement strategy, which ensures that the probability of apprehension and the impact of the consequences are sufficient to deter future illegal activity.  Through its operational focus on fugitive apprehension and developing full capacity to remove all removable aliens, Endgame is a key element in the achievement of the balanced immigration enforcement strategy.

DRO’s success as a core element of the immigration enforcement mission will be realized when the synchronization of its resources and infrastructure result in the immediate and effective removal of each removable alien. With this strategic plan, DRO strives toward that goal while ensuring that its services will be provided consistently and professionally. The result will be enhanced homeland security through the successful accomplishment of DRO’s mission.

DRO MISSION
“Promote the public safety and national security by ensuring the departure from the United States of all removable aliens through the fair and effective enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.”



Chapter 1. Introduction

Situation

Endgame is the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Detention and Removal (DRO) multi-year strategic enforcement plan. It is part of a broader planning cycle that, when fully implemented, will integrate strategic and operational planning with the budget building process and performance measurement. Endgame articulates the DRO mission and vision statement, and will guide the development and execution of DRO operations through a focused set of goals, objectives and strategies. The plan identifies core detention and removal business functions and key processes within five goal areas to accomplish several short and long-term objectives. It emphasizes the execution of key processes within the two core functions, removals and custody management, recognizing they will remain essentially the same once the Program is fully integrated into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Enforcement Challenge

Recent events and political initiatives have emphasized the significance of DRO’s mission and the critical need to restore some certainty to the removal of aliens found to be removable. DRO will meet the challenge of this defining moment in our nation’s history, clearly demonstrating our critical role in immigration enforcement and our nation’s domestic security. This plan will guide our efforts in developing operational plans and resource requirements to achieve our national immigration law enforcement policy aims. Through cooperative relationships and effective partnerships with our internal and external stakeholders, we will fulfill the demands of the President, the Congress and the American people. Building these partnerships is fundamental to the success of this plan and DRO’s mission and will result in improvements that maximize efficiencies within the immigration enforcement process. 
Our mission is critical to the immigration enforcement process and provides the final link in securing America’s borders. Our plans, operations and resource requests will be fully integrated with all other immigration enforcement programs and initiatives. Initiatives to improve border security and protect the interior of the United States through an increase in personnel and enhanced information technology, as well as the establishment of the DHS, will require significant increases in detention and removal operations and resources. Our management and staff will use this plan as a reference tool to develop operations that will be properly and fully aligned with all immigration enforcement operations. We will follow this plan to ensure that we manage and maintain an effective detention and removal program, and that we continue to execute our part in the overall immigration enforcement process.

On March 1, 2003, DRO officially became part of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the directorate of Border and Transportation Security (BTS) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This transition brings with it new partners, stakeholders and challenges yet, we must remain diligent in our efforts to provide the entire DRO program with the appropriate tools and resources required to accomplish our mission and daily assignments. Through this team and our inter-agency and internal partnerships, we will succeed in meeting our national policy mandates.

Endgame is part of a broader planning cycle that, when fully implemented, will integrate strategic and operational planning with the budget building process and performance measurement.



Strategic Framework

The Director for Detention and Removal, in conjunction with his staff, has developed a vision statement to guide the efforts of the program for the next ten years. This ten-year vision is focused on the development of the infrastructure, resources, personnel and leadership necessary to develop, maintain and sustain a program that will accomplish its mission efficiently and effectively throughout the next ten years, and beyond.

U.S. immigration policy remains fluid to reflect the ever-changing global and political environment; however, this ten-year vision will transcend these changes, as it is founded in a mission that reflects the core business of the Detention and Removal program. The DRO mission is the cornerstone of this vision  and this plan. Over the next ten years, Endgame will lay the groundwork for developing the capacity and capability to remove all removable aliens. The principles of that foundation are implicit in three overarching strategic themes:

o Build partnerships with critical stakeholders.
o Develop a professional workforce and the infrastructure to retain it.
o Employ information systems and technology.

These three themes influence objectives and strategies across five goal areas. These five goal areas will guide DRO operations and efforts and support ICE strategic goals. The relationships between DRO goals and those of ICE and the National Strategy for Homeland Security are depicted in the graphic on the following page and described in more detail in Chapter 3.

DRO VISION
Within ten years the Detention and Removal Program will be able to fully meet all of our commitments and mandates from the President, Congress and the American people.
To make this happen, the following will be required:
  • Visionary leadership, at all levels of the organization
  • An effectively trained and educated professional workforce
  • The right levels of the right resources such as personnel, facilities, and support infrastructurEffective, responsive, and accurate command, control, communication, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems that truly support our enforcement requirements and improve the way we do business
  • Thoughtful and thorough planning, and effective operational execution

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