It seems fitting that Janet Napolitano chose to leave her post at a time when Congress is debating the issue that largely defined her tenure: immigration. The Department of Homeland Security has massive responsibilities, including counterterrorism, natural disasters and airport security; but Napolitano spent much of her four-plus years fielding attacks from both the right and the left over immigration — for either doing too little or too much to se the nation’s border and deport undocumented immigrants. "Secretary Napolitano has one of the most challenging jobs in Washington," said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum Napolitano also drew praise for her department’s response to natural disasters and terrorist threats, though some Republicans challenged her over the latter.

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