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President Obama to Search for New Homeland Security Secretary to Replace Napolitano

 

Janet Napolitano

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

President Obama soon will have to replace Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano after she announced Friday that she’s resigning to head the University of California system, the Washington Post reports.

Napolitano plans to resign in September, which gives Obama a little more than a month to find a replacement.

The White House gave no indication of a deadline or about who is in the running, The Post reported.

The next Homeland Security secretary is important because he or she will be responsible for overhauling the immigration system.

Janet Napolitano Says Adios: Stepping Down as Head of Homeland Security


Janet Napolitano meets with President Obama/file photo, homeland security

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Janet Napolitano, who had been a steady hand in the Obama administration for more than four years, announced Friday she was stepping down as head of the Department of Homeland Security to take a job as president of the University of California system.

“For more than four years I have had the privilege of serving President Obama and his Administration as the Secretary of Homeland Security,” she said in a statement.

“The opportunity to work with the dedicated men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, who serve on the frontlines of our nation’s efforts to protect our communities and families from harm, has been the highlight of my professional career.

“We have worked together to minimize threats of all kinds to the American public. The Department has improved the safety of travelers; implemented smart steps that make our immigration system more fair and focused while deploying record resources to protect our nation’s borders; worked with states to build resiliency and make our nation’s emergency and disaster response capabilities more robust; and partnered with the private sector to improve our cybersecurity.

“After four plus years of focusing on these challenges, I will be nominated as the next President of the University of California to play a role in educating our nation’s next generation of leaders.”

President Obama to Name First Female Secret Service Director

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Obama will name Julia Pierson as director of the U.S. Secret Service, the first female to head that agency, USA Today reported.

An official announcement is expected Tuesday afternoon.

Pierson, 53, now serves as the service’s chief of staff, USA Today reports.

Other women who head law enforcement agencies include Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security and Michele Leonhart, who heads the DEA.

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U.S. House Lawmakers Question Why Homeland Security Did Not Better Prepare for Sequestration

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. House lawmakers criticized Homeland Security officials Tuesday for not reducing costs on the lead up to the March 1 sequestration, the Washington Post reports.

Homeland Security Undersecretary of Management Rafael Borras said he didn’t believe the automatic cuts would take place.

Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said the department should not have ignored the reality of the cuts.

Lawmakers also questioned the sincerity of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano saying that lines at major airports have doubled, the Post reported.

Borras said he was unaware of wait times doubling and said that overtime reductions had “resulted in some additional wait time.”

The Homeland Security Department Stands to Lose $3.2 billion Because of Sequestration

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If sequestration cuts aren’t restored, they will cost the Homeland Security Department about $3.2 billion this fiscal year, Fierce Homeland Security reports.

To make up for the lost money, the department, which reached 10 years old March 1, would need to cut more than 5% across the board.

Other federal agencies face big losses. Customs and Border Protection is set to lose $595 million, while ICE cuts could total $295 million.

“Sequestration would roll back border security, increase wait times at our Nation’s land ports of entry and airports, affect aviation and maritime safety and security, leave critical infrastructure vulnerable to attacks, hamper disaster response time and our Surge Force capabilities, and significantly scale back cyber security infrastructure protections that have been developed in recent years,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wrote in a letter to the House Homeland Security Committee.

Looming Budget Cuts Prompted Homeland Security to Release Thousands of Illegal Immigrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security released more than 2,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation because of looming budget cuts, not a few hundred as originally reported, Catholic Online writes.Since Feb. 15, about 1,000 illegal immigrants considered low risk have been released each week, according to Catholic Online. 

The Obama administration said it was not aware of the plan, and Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano criticized her agency’s handling of the release.

“Beyond that normal movement, and as fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and possible sequestration, ICE reviewed its detained population to ensure detention levels stay within ICE’s current budget and placed several hundred individuals on methods of supervision less costly than detention,” ICE spokesman Brian Hale said.

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Napolitano: Budget Reductions Would Put U.S. at Increased Risk of Terrorist Attack

Janet Napolitano/file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The nation’s security is at risk under $85 billion in budget reductions that will go into effect if Republicans and Democrats can’t agree soon on spending cuts, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, CNN reports.

“Sequestration would roll back border security, increase wait times at our nation’s land ports of entry and airports, affect aviation and maritime safety and security, leave critical infrastructure vulnerable to attacks, hamper disaster response time … and significantly scale back cyber security infrastructure protections,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wrote in a letter to lawmakers.

A sequester, which is a series of automatic cuts to take place March 1 if Democrats and Republicans can’t reach agreement on alternative budget reductions, would mean at least 14 furlough days for law enforcement personnel with Homeland Security, CNN wrote.

Homeland Security Secretary: Mexican Border Safer Now Than in Past

 

Janet Napolitano

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano criticized Republican lawmakers for suggesting that immigration is on the verge of getting out of control, the Associated Press reported.

While inspecting border security in El Paso, Napolitano said arrests and the seizure of drugs, weapons and currency are up.

“I believe the border is secure. I believe the border’s a safe border. That’s not to say everything is 100 percent,” Napolitano said Monday in San Diego during the first leg of her trip to the Southwest border.

The Obama administration has “deployed historic levels of personnel, technology and infrastructure to help secure the Southwest border,” she said Tuesday in El Paso.

Attempts to illegally cross the Mexican border are have been halved since 2008, Napolitano said.

It has meant that attempts to illegally cross from Mexico are half of what they were in 2008 and 78-percent down from their peak in 2000. “The numbers are the numbers,” she said.