Photo: Janet Napolitano Resigning
Reportedly Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is leaving the Obama administration as early as today to head up the University of California 10-campus operation. Some sources say she is leaving in September.
The former governor of Arizona has run the Homeland Security department since 2009. Homeland Security has a $60-billion budget with over 230,000 employees. Border patrol and customs and immigration operations are under Homeland Security.
Attempts to cross the Southwest border illegally under Napolitano’s watch have decreased by 40 percent and are 78 percent lower than what they were at their peak. Since 2009, DHS has seized 71 percent more currency, 39 percent more drugs, and 189 percent more weapons along the Southwest border, compared to the previous four-year period, Napolitano reported in April 2013 at congressional hearings.
Napolitano is just the third person to hold this post since and the first woman to do so.
She is leaving at a critical time as the administration tries to pass some form of comprehensive immigration reform. Napolitano has always been a vocal supporter of immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship.
“Well, that’ll be fun. A new DHS Secretary in the middle of the immigration debate,” Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), tweeted right after the announcement.
When the 55-year-old Napolitano becomes head of California’s public universities she will be making history. She will become the first woman chief in the school system’s 145-year history.