The measure, supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio, would prohibit correction officials and police from handing over detainees to immigration officials.
About 1,200 new students enrolled in the system this year, and nearly three dozen others were allegedly turned away.
Claire Thomas, the staff attorney for the Safe Passage Project, said many of the children don’t have legal representation, and that’s why her group is training volunteer lawyers as fast as it can.
Lawmakers say New York City’s police and correction departments should not honor immigration detainers unless a federal judge has issued a warrant.
The Council announced Tuesday that it is earmarking $1 million for legal representation and other services for the minors.
Metropolitan New York cases are being handled by the federal Immigration Court in New York City, which is struggling to allocate resources, including pro bono lawyers.
The latest government figures show that more than 2,200 of the undocumented, unaccompanied minors are now on Long Island.
U.S. cities and towns have been asked to identify facilities where children can be temporarily housed. The federal government will cover the cost of preparing, operating and staffing them.
About 30 children caught alone at the Mexican border are appearing one by one in a Manhattan courtroom Wednesday.
The New York Immigration Coalition says close to 3,300 unaccompanied immigrant children have arrived in New York since January.
Despite an ongoing and bloody conflict, hundreds of families left the United States to immigrate to Israel on Monday afternoon.
Immigrants who entered the country before turning 16 are eligible to enroll in the federal “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” initiative.
The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Gustavo Rivera, D-Bronx, said the legislation would grant state citizenship if “someone can demonstrate proof of identity, live here for three consecutive years, pay taxes for three consecutive years.”
All city residents will be eligible for the cards. But they will be targeted to those who cannot easily get photo ID cards because they are not legal U.S. residents.
Undocumented immigrants and their supporters are cheering Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for creating city identification cards this year.