USCIS To Bar Attys From Migrants Before Removal To Mexico

By Nicole Narea (January 28, 2019, 10:13 PM EST) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a memorandum Monday clarifying that migrants seeking asylum or other immigration benefits in the U.S. would not be granted access to counsel in preliminary interviews before being sent back to Mexico.

The agency directed asylum officers to interview noncitizens who might be subject to the Trump administration's recently announced policy and to ascertain whether it is "more likely than not" that they would be persecuted upon return to Mexico. In order to expedite proceedings, that interview should be conducted in a private setting, but not in the presence of counsel, and should be "non-adversarial" in...

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