According to reports:
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush has chosen White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, a Texas confidant and one of the most prominent Hispanics in the administration, to succeed Attorney General John Ashcroft, sources close to the White House said Wednesday.
Ashcroft announced his resignation on Tuesday, along with Commerce Secretary Don Evans, a Texas friend of the president’s.
After a National Security Council meeting, Bush was sitting down Wednesday with Secretary of State Colin Powell, another figure being closely watched for signs of whether he will stay or go. Powell has been largely noncommital when asked about his plans.
Will the appointment of a Latino a tougher US border policy easier to swallow, or does it signal something else. Colin Powell recently spoke on the record about changes, but his words are pretty ambiguous:
“With the new Congress, and the president re-elected, we think the environment has improved significantly for this kind of reform,” Powell said at the 21st annual meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Binational Commission. Cabinet officials and agency chiefs from both countries met in working groups at the Foreign Ministry.
In comments echoed by Bush administration officials in Washington, Powell said the president plans to work closely with the new Congress to change the nation’s immigration laws, although he cautioned that “we don’t want to overpromise.”
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