Victor X. Cerda, JD, Acting Director of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in an Apr. 14, 2005 testimony to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Citizenship, stated:

“DRO’s core mission is the apprehension, detention and removal of removable aliens, the management of non-detained aliens as their cases go through immigration proceedings, and the enforcement of orders of removal… to promote public safety and national security by ensuring the departure from the United States of all removable aliens through the fair enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws… By aggressively enforcing our immigration laws, we seek to deter criminal and terrorist organizations who threaten our way of life, and we seek to strengthen the legal immigration process for worthy applicants.”

Apr. 14, 2005