USCIS issued a memorandum requiring some Central American asylum seekers, to stay in Mexico, until their immigration court hearings.
The Trump Administration has openly criticized the immigration system and the practice of allowing undocumented immigrants awaiting their immigration court hearings to remain in the US, temporarily protected from deportation.
Customs and Border Protection is instructed to refer migrants who claim they'll be persecuted or tortured in Mexico to USCIS. Asylum officers are expected to conduct interviews in person, via video teleconference or by telephone. If the immigrants don't meet the reasonable fear threshold, then they'll be expected to stay in Mexico until their immigration court dates.
Customs and Border Protection is expected to handle the initial processing while Immigration and Customs Enforcement will manage transportation to and from the border and immigration court appearances.
Many immigration attorneys are afraid of the uncertainty of when these immigration court proceedings will be scheduled. Especially in light of the massive backlog by immigration courts. In addition, they might not be able to effectively prepare and represent their clients for an asylum case from another country.