Im­mi­grants of­fered anti-de­por­ta­tion train­ing

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Don’t open NEW YORK — the front door if im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials knock. If you are taken into cus­tody, tell them your name and noth­ing else. Def­i­nitely don’t sign any­thing.

That is some of the ad­vice be­ing given in New York City and around the coun­try at train­ing ses­sions, put on by ad­vo­cacy or­ga­ni­za­tions, aimed at help­ing im­mi­grants liv­ing in the coun­try il­le­gally get in as lit­tle trou­ble as pos­si­ble if they en­counter U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment of­fi­cials.

Called “know your rights” train­ing, the ses­sions have been pushed by some groups as a way to pre­pare for a pos­si­ble crack- down on il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion un­der Pres­i­dent Don- ald Trump. Sim­i­lar train- ings are sched­uled in New Mex­ico and El Paso.

The idea, or­ga­niz­ers said, is to give im­mi­grants guid­ance on how to le­git­i­mately push back against at­tempts to de­tain them, mostly us­ing tac­tics de­signed to keep agents from learn­ing any­thing they don’t al­ready know. The gov­ern­ment can’t de­port some­one un­less they can prove they are in the U.S. il­le­gally.

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