Immigration Law

Julie Myers Wood Critiques ICE's Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2010-2014

  By Julie Myers Wood, President Immigration and Customs Solutions, LLC

Julie Myers Wood, the former head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, comments on ICE's 2010-2014 strategic plan in this Emerging Issues Analysis. Among other things, she notes the lack of identifiable, meaningful outcomes. She also compares the Plan to the DHS goals in its recent Quadrennial Review Report and to other agencies' plans, pointing to some aspects that need improvement. In addition, she points out what the Plan tells practitioners and the public to expect.

“United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently issued a strategic plan ("Plan") for fiscal years 2010 to 2014,” Wood writes. “The ICE Plan is the first overall strategic plan for the agency, and its issuance is a significant achievement.”

“For legal practitioners, the ICE Plan provides some insight into the current administration's view on what is appropriate ICE enforcement,” the author explains. “The Plan also states that it ‘will guide enforcement initiatives, budget requests, budget execution, resource allocation, and policy decisions.’ While this information would be useful for individuals representing clients with ICE issues in the private sector, the Plan lacks specificity in some key areas. To achieve the broad aims of the ICE Plan, continued refinement of the Plan is essential, and legal practitioners should continue to watch for changes or modifications.”

Wood points out that “The ICE Strategic Plan contains four key goals. The Plan appropriately links its goals to the goals listed in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Report 2010. The Quadrennial Review Report, modeled after the Department of Defense Quadrennial Reviews, ‘offer[s] a vision for a secure homeland, specifies key mission priorities, [and] outlines goals for each ... mission area[].’ Incorporating the ICE Plan into the Quadrennial Review Report is essential to ensuring ICE properly targets its resources.” She then analyzes the four goals. This analysis is followed with her discussion of the meaningful outcomes that need to be added to make the Plan effective.


Julie Myers Wood is the president of Immigration and Customs Solutions, LLC ( Prior to founding the company, Ms. Wood served as Assistant Secretary (head) of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for nearly three years. In this role, she led the largest investigative component of the Department of Homeland Security and the second-largest investigative agency in the federal government, with more than 17,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $5 billion.


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