Guam – CNMI Congressman Kilili Sablan is expressing his gratitude to outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for her role in on-going transition to federal immigration in the Northern Mariana Islands.
Napolitano Friday announced her decision to step down from HSS to become President of the University of California.
READ the release from CNMI Congressman Kilili Sabalan below:
Washington, D.C. – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced today her departure from the Department to become president of the University of California system. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan issued the following statement, reflecting on the importance of Secretary Napolitano in the on-going transition to federal immigration in the Northern Mariana Islands.
“Secretary Janet Napolitano has been instrumental in making the transition to federal immigration in the Northern Mariana Islands as least difficult as possible. From her initial decision in 2009 to delay the start of the transition by 180 days to better prepare for this complex undertaking to her approval of an advance parole system that allowed for continued growth in tourism to the Northern Marianas from Russia and China, Secretary Napolitano has shown a great practical understanding of the needs of the people I represent.
“Her decision to provide humanitarian parole to groups identified in immigration legislation that is now under consideration continues to keep families together in the Northern Marianas, until Congress can finish its work. And I am personally grateful to her – as are so many in the Northern Marianas, who have aging parents or other family members in need of live-in assistance – for Secretary Napolitano’s decision to extend parole eligibility to domestic caregivers.
“I extend heartfelt thanks to Secretary Janet Napolitano for her work leading the Department of Homeland Security and wish her the best as she takes on her new leadership role in academia.”