July 12, 2013

Statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the Service of Janet Napolitano as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

Mayor's Press Office    312.744.3334

“Janet Napolitano took over a department facing historic challenges and is leaving behind an admirable record of success, having made the Department of Homeland Security and the vital work it does more efficient and responsive for the American people.  Thanks to Janet’s efforts and hard work, our nation’s borders are more secure than ever, bringing an immigration system that is true to our values closer to reality.  She has lent her voice to those values, supporting the president's executive order to defer deportation for childhood arrivals, keeping families as well as hopes alive until comprehensive immigration reform can be passed.  In addition to her many accomplishments over the past four years, she can be very proud of the many events that did not happen and were prevented by her vigilance and vision, as well as the great work of thousands of professionals under her leadership. In a cabinet filled with talent, she represented the best that America has to offer, and I wish her well.”