US Homeland Security chief leaving for academic post

It was not clear who would replace her at the helm of the Department of Homeland Security, the third-largest U.S. department with a broad mandate including immigration and disaster response.

US Homeland Security chief leaving for academic post

World Bulletin/News Desk

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a vocal supporter of immigration reform who became a target for Republicans, said on Friday she will leave her position to lead the University of California.

It was not clear who would replace her at the helm of the Department of Homeland Security, the third-largest U.S. department with a broad mandate including immigration and disaster response. She plans to leave in early September.

The former Arizona governor has been a proponent of immigration reform and her announcement came as the U.S. Congress grappled with an overhaul of immigration laws.

Obama thanked Napolitano for working "around the clock" to respond to natural disasters including the 2011 Joplin, Missouri, tornado and Hurricane Sandy that battered the Northeast last year, as well as other challenges.

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