Today, several news organizations are reporting that Governor Janet Napolitano (D-AZ) is a front runner for the position of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in the new Obama administration. The Department of Homeland Security is charged with protecting the U.S. from terrorism and responding effectively to natural disasters, among other duties. America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry: “Governor Napolitano gets it: she knows that an integral part of securing the borders and restoring control and order to our broken immigration system is enacting comprehensive immigration reform.”

This week, the Republican and Democratic Parties elected leaders for the 111th Congress. America’s Voice is excited to work with a new President and new Congress to enact common sense immigration reform. Below is a statement from Lynn Tramonte, Policy Director at America’s Voice, on the leadership elections this week and what they mean for the future of immigration politics and policy.