Two foundations are teaming up with the New York City Council to provide legal representation and other assistance to hundreds of unaccompanied immigrant children as the Obama administration implements an accelerated deportation process, reports The New York Times. The Robin Hood Foundation is committing $550,000 and the New York Community Trust $360,000 to supplement a $1-million council earmark for the program.
The New York Immigration Court began speeding up deportation proceedings last month under a Justice Department mandate aimed at stemming the tide of undocumented minors into the country. The surge has swelled the court's deportation docket from fewer than 100 cases a month to 30 a day, overwhelming legal-aid groups. The new funding will go to a coalition of established providers, including the Legal Aid Society and Catholic Charities Community Services.