Janet Napolitano To Leave Secretary of Homeland Security Position

July 13, 2013 9:01 amViews: 1233

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Can you hear the angels singing? Janet Napolitano is leaving her position as Secretary of Homeland Security sometime in early September. Now maybe we can concentrate on catching terrorists instead of harassing old ladies and 6-year-old kids at airport security checkpoints.

One of Napalitano's signature accomplishments was renaming "terrorists attacks" by Muslim extremists to "man-caused disasters." Good bye and good riddance.

Read more on Napolitano's departure from the Wall Street Journal below:

Janet Napolitano said Friday she will resign as Homeland Security secretary, a departure of a key cabinet member that could complicate immigration politics in Congress.

An Obama administration official said Ms. Napolitano plans to leave her post in early September. Her announcement comes as Congress wrestles with legislation that would overhaul the nation's immigration laws. The Democratic-controlled Senate has passed a bill, and GOP leaders in the House may offer their own immigration measure.

Some Republicans have insisted the government tighten security along the U.S. border before allowing new immigration rules to go into effect. How tighter security would be accomplished—and how it would be measured—are big sticking points in the debate. The department and its agencies are responsible for border security and immigration enforcement.

"When the successor goes through the confirmation process, the immigration issue will be front and center," said Michael Chertoff, Ms. Napolitano's predecessor under George W. Bush's administration. "That person will have to be prepared to speak to some of the challenges involved, particularly in the area of border security."

That confirmation process itself could become a sticking point, as Democrats are on the verge of changing the rules on nominees, a so-called "nuclear option" that could bring all Senate business to a standstill. Under a change being considered by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), Democrats would need just 51 votes to approve executive-branch nominees, rather than the 60 votes effectively required today. Republicans vow retaliation.

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