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The NYC Council has recently announced that it has kept 13 unaccompanied, undocumented minors from being deported. A report has been released Tuesday states said 424 cases have been screened over the first six months of the council’s program. These thirteen people have been shielded from deportation through family court of asylum proceedings through the end of February.

The program that is worth about $1.9 million is a public-private partnership between the council and nonprofits, including The Robin Hood Foundation, which fights poverty. The earnings go to hiring lawyers for the immigrant minors in order to make sure they they have the right representation in order to fight the court system.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has advocated and agrees with the purpose of the program. Taxpayers are responsible for about $1 million.

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-Bri Christian (@brirezy)