- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 14, 2013

The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security says President Obama could help move immigration reform through the House if he picks a new Homeland Security chief who has credibility on law-and-order issues.

Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican, told “Fox News Sunday” that the president should choose a replacement for the resigning Secretary Janet A. Napolitano who would ease concerns about border security.

“I think there’s a real opportunity here to get a real leader in who can work with House Republicans on security issues, on enforcement issues, and someone who will garner the respect of the Congress. Right now there’s a real problem with that.”

The Dallas congressman suggested retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who oversaw the federal response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as a candidate who would be welcomed by Republicans.

Ms. Napolitano announced Friday she is leaving the administration in August to head the University of California system.

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