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President Barack Obama on Friday named former Pentagon attorney Jeh Johnson to run the Department of Homeland Security, where the task of securing the nation’s borders will give Johnson a central role in the president’s immigration reform efforts.

Johnson, now a partner at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, served as general counsel at the Pentagon during Obama’s first term. There, he was involved in ending the military’s ban on gays serving in the armed forces and in formulating the administration’s policy for the use of unmanned drones to strike at enemy targets.

While at the Pentagon, Johnson also worked on counter-terrorism, cyber security and disaster response, all of which will be issues he will have to address as head of Homeland Security.

“Jeh has a deep understanding of the threats and challenges facing the United States,” Obama said in announcing Johnson’s nomination at…

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