San Francisco - Civil rights groups will urge a US judge to temporarily halt an order by President Donald Trump that bars asylum for migrants who illegally cross the border with Mexico. The groups argued in court papers that Trump's November 9 order violated administrative and immigration law. The hearing before US District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco comes as thousands of Central Americans, including a large number of children, are travelling in caravans towards the US border to escape violence and poverty at home. Some have already arrived at Tijuana, a Mexican city on the border with California. Trump cited an overwhelmed immigration system for his proclamation that officials will only process asylum claims for migrants who present themselves at an official entry point. Immigration advocates said the order clearly conflicted with the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows any person present in the US to seek asylum, regardless of how they entered the country. The grou...

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