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August 27, 2013 - 2:14 pm

In her farewell speech at the National Press Club in Washington today, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the “key to success” during her four and a half years leading the DHS has been shaping a department that’s “flexible and agile.”

“Being flexible and agile means acknowledging that we may not be able to stop all threats all the time, but we can and must be prepared to address them quickly when they happen, minimize their consequences, draw pragmatic lessons and emerge stronger and better,” she said. “These are the most critical elements of our ability to meet our complex mission. And I believe we are seeing that approach bear fruit in a profound, positive way.”

Napolitano is leaving the department to head the University of California without a successor in place.

She hailed her “see something, say something” program, which D.C. commuters are periodically reminded of in a booming Napolitano voice ringing across the Metro platforms. The secretary said she expanded the campaign “to more than 250 states, cities, transportation systems, universities and private sector entities nationwide to encourage the public to play an active role in reporting suspicious activity.”

Napolitano also praised her shift in immigration enforcement to focus on “criminals, national security and public safety threats, repeat offenders, and egregious immigration violators.”

“Over the past four and a half years, we have invested historic resources to prevent illegal cross-border activity area, and because of these investments and manpower, and technology, and infrastructure our borders are now better staffed and better protected than at any time in our nations history. It illegal crossings have dropped to near 40-year lows,” she said.

“…We instructed our immigration agents and officers to use their discretion, under current law, to not pursue low priority immigration cases like children brought to the United States illegally by their parents. Children brought here through no fault of their own and you know no other country as their home.”

That was necessary, she said, because “Congress had a chance to give the so-called dreamers a way to stay in our country through the DREAM Act but, unfortunately, that legislation failed to garner the 60 votes need for cloture, falling just five votes short despite strong bipartisan support.”

“So, in June of last year, I used my prosecutorial discretion to create Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, a process that gives young people who meet the strict criteria a two year provisional legal status to remain in the United States. In just its first year, over half a million individuals have requested deferred action. And after a thorough review of each of those cases, including a background check, 430,000 requests have already been approved, allowing these young people to continue to contribute to the country they call home,” Napolitano continued.

“DACA, of course, is no substitute for comprehensive immigration reform, which is the only way to face the long-standing problems with our immigration system. But, it is indicative of our larger approach, to devote historic resources to the border, reorient our enforcement priorities, and build more flexibility into the system.”

As she leaves, Napolitano said, “many things still need tending.”

In an “open letter” to her successor, she advised confronting all threats, forging strong relationships with U.S. partners and Congress, and supporting expedited traveler programs.

“You will need to continue to ensure the security of key government leaders and events of national significance,” she continued. “…You will also have to prepare for the increasing likelihood of more weather-related events of a more severe nature as a result of climate change and continue to build the capacity to respond to potential disasters in far-flung regions of the country that could occur at the same time.”

“…You will need a large bottle of Advil.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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The departure is a good start. Now dismantle the entire Department of Homeland Security. If "See Something, Say Something" is Big Sis's achievement high point, I can hardly wait to see what miracles will be wrought in the California university system.
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Cow fart smellers. I hope some kind of weather anomaly takes them all to Siberia. Good bye and thanks for nothing.
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Concentrating on a problem that doesn't exist, while ignoring a huge one that does.

We're in the very best of hands.

Leaving without a successor...evidence of great administrative skills, concern for the seriousness of the position and superior strategic planning.

Then again...sometimes nothing is a real cool hand.
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The only good thing that I can say is that her tactless heavy handed approach showed everyone just how indifferent the administration is to individual rights and freedoms. Fortunately, she wasn't bright enough or competent enough to do even more damage than she did.
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The departure is a good start. Now dismantle the entire Department of Homeland Security. If "See Something, Say Something" is Big Sis's achievement high point, I can hardly wait to see what miracles will be wrought in the California university system.
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Cow fart smellers. I hope some kind of weather anomaly takes them all to Siberia. Good bye and thanks for nothing.
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“…You will also have to prepare for the increasing likelihood of more weather-related events of a more severe nature as a result of climate change and continue to build the capacity to respond to potential disasters in far-flung regions of the country that could occur at the same time.”

Even though we've seen no increase in such to date. Stupidest cabinet member of the most incompetent administration in US history.
51 weeks ago
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Lowest number of tornadoes in 15 years. Slowest start to hurricane season in 10 years. Mildest summer in 15 years. Farmer's Almanac forecasts bitterly cold winter.

No wonder they tried to change global warming to climate change...
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In the interest of fairness you cannot ignore the bullsh¡t storm raging over Washington DC since 2008 possibly caused by an inordinate mass of hot air coming from zip code 20510.
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'Flexible and agile' -- the goal of a walking tree-trunk.
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--- Napolitano Advises Successor to Brace for Effects of Climate Change ...

Climate-change/nuke-capable-Islamists, climate-change/nuke-capable-Islamists ... What to do, what to do?? I know! The feds should FORCE taxpayers (also known as The People) to buy Al Gore's carbon credits to last us till, say, 2045. Then our government will be totally free to direct ALL of its energy towards saving Western Civilization.
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SO THE GREATEST THREAT TO HOMELAND SECURITY

is global warming terrorism causing the extinction of icebergs-the new endangered species. Big Sis won't be miissed.
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Concentrating on a problem that doesn't exist, while ignoring a huge one that does.

We're in the very best of hands.

Leaving without a successor...evidence of great administrative skills, concern for the seriousness of the position and superior strategic planning.

Then again...sometimes nothing is a real cool hand.
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All of that plus: She's just so bloody angry. From her flannel shirt to her work-boots, she's just so angry she wasn't born a man. Truly, she's as transparent as they come and her neurosis is very visible.

Anger leads her every decision.

Anger runs her daily life.

She must feed the anger lest it destroy her. Which it will anyway.

In forty years or less, when we look at all these angry socialists, you will see the lines and frail bodies that lifetimes of anger have wrought. Reid, Pelosi, this, this....THING....and Obama too.

They have no faith in anything but their own ineptitude to fix the world and then become supremely frustrated when the world doesn't react the way they expect. Some people (conservatives) would use such moments to become introspective but not the average national socialist: They instead lash out, yell, scream at those who they think are standing in their way. They fail on so many levels to understand, dismissing such notions as failures of others, not theirs.

Well...the world will continue to turn, with or without your global-warming, with or without your social-justice and so many other fabrications and mental-masturbations.

And sadly...they are so angry they can't seem to just retire...they have to continue to let the world know how angry they are. All the time. 24/7/365
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It's sad to say, but this hoax will never die. Between the government fools and the media, the global warming hoax continues to grow. Never let the truth get in the way of the government bilking the citizens of our country, and destroying the economy of a once great nation. Napolitano is not and will ever be the sharpest knife in the drawer and those that listen to her are doomed to a world of stupidity.
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We'll have two feet of show in August down here in Texas and they'll still be harping on fossil fuels and green energy...
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Well, the old fascist brags about selective enforcement of the law and is really dumb enough to believe the doomsday climate change cult.
The climate changes, always has and always will. There is absolutely nothing unprecedented about today's weather (climate). Unfortunately, she's the norm for the Obama appointees in his administration.
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