Obama to Name Border 'Czar'
By Spencer Hsu
The Obama administration will name a new U.S.-Mexico border "czar" to advise Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, tapping former federal prosecutor and California educator Alan Bersin, according to a homeland security official.
Napolitano expects to name Bersin as counselor to the secretary for the southwest border Wednesday when she travels to the border with John O. Brennan, deputy national security adviser and chairman of the White House's Homeland Security Council, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Also yesterday, Obama announced his intent to nominate former Energy Department official David F. Heyman to be assistant secretary of policy for DHS. Heyman is a senior fellow and director of the homeland security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Bersin, 52, has served as California education secretary, San Diego schools superintendent, and U.S. attorney for southern California under the Clinton administration. From 1995 to 1998, he was the attorney general's southwest border representative, coordinating law enforcement issues between the United States and Mexico.
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