Department of Homeland Security

Obama's Pick For Next DHS Secretary Suggests Priority Shift From Immigration to Security

Jeh Johnson, former Pentagon general counsel

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's selection of a former top Pentagon lawyer to head the Homeland Security Department suggests the agency will be stepping back from its preoccupation with immigration to focus more on protecting the nation from attack.

Jeh C. Johnson, if confirmed by the Senate, would replace Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who left the DHS last month to become president of the University of California system. Obama was expected to announce Johnson's nomination Friday.