There are cheers from some and tears from others over Friday’s announcement that Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, who served President Barack Obama from the very beginning of his presidency, is stepping down from her government post to become president of one of the nation’s largest systems of higher education, the University of California. She’s due to leave the DHS in September.
While serving as the head of DHS, Napolitano became a lightning rod for criticism by members of her own agencies especially the U.S. Border Patrol and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement directorates. She’s been blasted by members of law enforcement for “her selective enforcement of immigration laws” and for her alleged lies regarding deportation statistics.
“Napolitano would boast about high deportation figures, but according to Border Patrol agents, she’d count an illegal alien caught crossing the U.S. border and forced to return to his own country by the Border Patrol as a deportation,” said former police detective, now corporate security manager, Iris Aquino.
“Her management team also received low marks by their own agents and officers. For instance, the director of ICE, John Morton, received a ‘vote of no-confidence’ by ICE agents. In fact, the vote was unanimous,” said Aquino.
But Napolitano’s supporters claim she improved airport security, made the immigration system fairer, increased the protection of U.S. borders and worked to increase the nation’s cybersecurity. However, according to attorney and political activist Mike Baker, there is no mention of the enormous amount of crime committed by illegal aliens and the cost to state governments to incarcerate the hundreds of thousands of criminal aliens who commit the types of offenses that lead to imprisonment.
Her priority, however, was the DHS’ Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties which she said is dedicated to educating communities and state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement on cultural awareness across the nation.
“Cultural awareness? How about the fact Islamic terrorists want to murder Americans and destroy the Western world and its practice of pluralism and religious freedom?” asks attorney and political strategist Mike Baker.
In a press statement released Friday by the Homeland Security Department, Napolitano stated:
“For more than four years I have had the privilege of serving President Obama and his Administration as the Secretary of Homeland Security. 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.