Secretary Napolitano served as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary from 2009 – 2013 during the Obama Administration. Prior to becoming part of President Obama’s team, she served as the governor of Arizona and the Attorney General of Arizona. During her tenure at DHS, she lead an initiative to strengthen the aviation systems as a means to prevent terrorism and enhance security; she was instrumental in enacting an agreement with the Department of Defense to protect, safeguard and secure cyberspace by launching the National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign Challenge.
One her most memorable legacies was the signing into law the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, ” a reprieve from deportation President Barack Obama issued nearly seven years ago to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children” (Farias, 2019).
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