- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Council is saying it has kept 13 unaccompanied, undocumented minors from being deported.

The Council put out a report Tuesday that said 424 cases have been screened over the first six months of the council’s program.

Thirteen have been shielded from deportation through family court of asylum proceedings through the end of February.

Another 22 applications for asylum are pending.

The $1.9 million program is a public-private partnership between the council and nonprofits, including The Robin Hood Foundation, which fights poverty.

The money is used to hire lawyers. Taxpayers are responsible for about $1 million.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has advocated for the program, saying the immigration court system is too complex for a minor to navigate without an attorney.

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