Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Department Of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

“Secretary Napolitano has been an extraordinary leader of the Department of Homeland Security and her departure is a great loss.  Under her leadership the Department successfully enforced the Nation’s immigration laws in smarter, more effective ways.  Secretary Napolitano led the Department in substantially improving border security and reducing illegal immigration.   In addition to her law enforcement record, she maintained a focus on cross-border tourism and trade.  And she did the right thing in exercising her authority to provide temporary relief against deportation for children who were brought to this country through no fault of their own.  She was a valuable resource to the Judiciary Committee during its consideration of comprehensive immigration reform and on a host of other matters important to our national security.  Secretary Napolitano served with incredible professionalism and integrity, and I congratulate her on her many successes and I wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”

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