WASHINGTON (July 12, 2013)--Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Friday she is resigning to take a senior posting in the University of California system and a central Texas congressman says he hopes her successor will focus on securing U.S. borders.
Napolitano has led the department since the beginning of the Obama administration, just the third person to hold the position.
The former Arizona governor led the department through a series of policy changes with respect to protecting public safety.
Under her tenure, DHS implemented a wide-spread policy of using prosecutorial discretion in arresting immigrants in the country without permission, saying that her department needed to focus its scarce resources on criminals and those who posed a threat to public safety and national security.
She also helped establish a plan to give temporary relief from deportation to thousands of young immigrants who arrived in the country illegally and who don't have legal status.
President Barack Obama, in a statement, commended Napolitano for what he called "her outstanding work on behalf of the American people over the last four years."
U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, issued a statement Friday wishing Napolitano well and saying that he’s “eager for the Obama Administration to select a new secretary that will lead the Department of Homeland Security with foresight, common sense and with respect for the laws of the United States they swear to uphold.”
“The Department of Homeland Security is at a crossroads and we need a strong leader who will focus on the real security issues our country faces, such as the unpredictable threat of terrorism and the rapidly increasing threats to our cyber security. We also need a leader who will, above all else, strengthen and enforce security on our borders,” he said.