Napolitano History

Jul 12, 2013 by

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday she will step down from her post to become president of the University of California system.

Ms. Napolitano was one of several top officials who was set to stay into President Barack Obama’s second term, though she wasn’t necessarily expected to stay the full term.

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University of California Regent Sherry Lansing, head of a 10-member special search committee, said Ms. Napolitano was recommended on a unanimous vote after a search that involved a “large field” of candidates.

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In a statement, Ms. Lansing praised Ms. Napolitano’s work on immigration issues, and said she “is a distinguished and dedicated public servant who has earned trust at the highest, most critical levels of our country’s government.”

Her departure comes amid the White House push to overhaul immigration laws. The Department of Homeland Security enforces those laws.

Mr. Obama praised Ms. Napolitano, a former governor of Arizona, in a statement Friday. “Since day one, Janet has led my administration’s effort to secure our borders, deploying a historic number of resources, while also taking steps to make our immigration system fairer and more consistent with our values,” he said.

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