Gonzales: Deputy’s guidance key in firing of eight attorneys

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday he relied on his resigning deputy more than any other aide to decide which U.S. attorneys should be fired last year. His comments came less than a day after Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty announced he would resign at the end of the summer – a decision that people familiar with the plans said was hastened by the controversy over the purge of eight prosecutors. McNulty has acknowledged approving the list of prosecutors who were ordered to leave last October, a few weeks before the firings were made official. But documents released by the Justice Department show he was not closely involved in picking all the U.S. attorneys who were put on the list – a job mostly driven by two Gonzales staffers with little prosecutorial experience. – Associated Presslast_img read more

H-1B Visa, Anyone?

first_img11,000 H-1B visas still remain available this year, according to the figures released by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The annual cap of 65,000 visas was reached on Dec 21 in 2009 and on April 8 in 2008. Until the current economic crisis, the H-1B visa cap was reached in just a few days and there was industry pressure to increase the cap.A steep hike in visa fees from $320 to $2,320 to pay for a $650 million security fence along the US-Mexican border is partly blamed for the softening in H-1B visa demand. Related Itemslast_img