While many across the political spectrum are happy to see Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano leave her job in Washington, some who live on the West Coast say theyâ€™d just as soon not see her out there, after it was revealed Friday that sheâ€™s poised to take over as head of the University of California school system.
Ms. Napolitano angered both immigrant-rights groups and those who want to see a crackdown on illegal immigration, and irked privacy advocates from the right and left during her four years as head of Homeland Security.
â€œUniversity of California students can look forward to the same authoritarian management style Secretary Napolitano brought to the Department of Homeland Security, hardly a bastion of free speech and open government,â€ said Rep. Doug LaMalfa, a California Republican. â€œWhile I am pleased to see her leave Homeland Security, Napolitanoâ€™s views are entirely incompatible with the UC systemâ€™s history of civil liberties and the decision to appoint her is perplexing.â€
Those views were echoed by immigrant-rights advocates who predicted Ms. Napolitanoâ€™s move to run the school system, expected in September, will be â€œmet with protests.â€
â€œUC should take the opportunity to thoroughly examine her record in Arizona and at DHS to see if it reflects the universityâ€™s values before they confirm her to this important post,â€ said Chris Newman, legal director for the Los Angeles-based National Day Laborer Organizing Network.
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