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Victor X. Cerda, JD Biography

Acting Director of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“I believe detention is a critical and necessary factor in our Nation’s attempt to enhance our immigration processes… the need for detention is clearly spelled out in our abysmal 85-90% absconder rate that our immigration system experiences. These numbers make clear that the ‘honor system’ that we heavily relied upon in the past did not work. As a result, we face a fugitive alien population of over 500,000 individuals that without drastic change in our strategy will continue to mushroom at a rate of over 40,000 new fugitives per year. We can all confidently conclude that something has gone awry. Detention has been the only proven guarantee for compliance with detention orders.”

“Crossing the Border: Immigrants in Detention and Victims of Trafficking,” Congressional Testimony, House Committee of Homeland Security, Mar. 20, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder Partner, Siff & Cerda LLP, 2006 – present
  • Special Counsel for Immigration, HR (Human Resource) Policy Association, 2006 – present
  • Acting Director, Detention and Removal Operations (DRO), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 2004 – 2005
  • Awarded the Secretary’s Award for Exemplary Service at DHS’ First Annual Secretary’s Awards Ceremony, 2004
  • Acting Principal Legal Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for ICE, 2003
  • Counsel to the Chief of Staff, Office of the Commissioner, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), 2001 – 2002
  • Awarded, Commissioner’s Exceptional Service Award, INS, 2002
  • Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Office of the Commissioner, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), 1997 – 2001
  • Awarded, Commissioner’s Employee of the Year Award for Administrative Support, INS, 1999
  • Assistant District Counsel, New York City District, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), 1995 – 1997
  • Selected, Attorney General’s Honors Program, 1995
  • Member, Illinois Bar
  • JD, DePaul University
  • Graduate, Brown University
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