Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (neh-pahl-ih-TAN'-oh) is resigning, to become head of the University of California system.
Napolitano, who is just the third person to head the department, made the announcement in a statement today. She will become president of the University of California, which includes UCLA and Berkeley, among other campuses.
Napolitano, a former Arizona governor, was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2008. She led the department through a series of policy changes with respect to protecting public safety.
Under her tenure, DHS implemented a wide-spread policy of using prosecutorial discretion in arresting immigrants in the country without permission. She said her department needed to focus its scarce resources on criminals and those who posed a threat to public safety and national security.
She also helped establish a plan to give temporary relief from deportation to thousands of young immigrants who arrived in the country illegally and who don't have legal status.
President Barack Obama issued a statement commending Napolitano for what he called "her outstanding work on behalf of the American people over the last four years."
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