Napolitano to remain at DHS

22 01 2013

As written by Mark Rockwell and published by Government Security News on January 15th, 2013:

Current DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano will remain in her post for president Obama’s second term, according to White House officials. Napolitano has been DHS Secretary since 2009. She may become a key player in Obama’s second term, as the administration has vowed to pursue comprehensive immigration reform in the coming weeks.

Senior administration officials have floated plans to overhaul the immigration system and have said the strategy would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country. The new chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee welcomed the White House announcement that Napolitano would remain at DHS.

“The Department of Homeland Security faces many challenges in maintaining its ability to protect the American people,” said committee chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) in a statement on Jan. 14. “From the threat of cyber attacks to securing our border and transportation systems, DHS plays a critical role in developing and executing domestic policy. I look forward to working with Secretary Napolitano, and hope that she and this administration will commit to reforming DHS to be more efficient and effective in strengthening our defenses against terrorism, both from overseas and here at home.”