- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Council is declaring that it is providing legal representation to all unaccompanied immigrant minors who have reached the nation’s largest city illegally.

The council’s program began a year ago when a flood of immigrant children fled Latin American for the United States.

It has screened over 1,600 immigrants, taken on 648 cases directly and won 14 asylum cases.

Officials said it has provided free attorneys for all of the children.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Sunday, a day ahead of a news conference about the program, that “it’s time for other (cities) to follow” New York’s lead.

The New York City Council Unaccompanied Minors Initiative is a partnership between the legislative body and two non-profits: the Robin Hood Foundation and the New York Community Trust.

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