FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2010
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION REQUIRING THE ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN’S SERVICES ESTABLISH PLAN FOR CHILDREN ELIGIBLE FOR SPECIAL IMMIGRATION JUVENILE STATUS
Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
“The final bill before me Introductory Number 3-A, sponsored by Council Members Dromm, Cabrera, Arroyo, Jackson, Barron, Brewer, Dickens, Eugene, Ferreras, Fidler, Foster, Gonzalez, James, Koppell, Koslowitz, Lander, Lappin, Mark-Viverito, Mealy, Palma, Seabrook, Vann, Williams, Nelson, Rodriquez, Van Bramer, Sanders, Chin, Mendez and White.
“Introductory Number 3-A requires the Administration for Children’s Services to designate staff to establish a comprehensive plan to address the needs of children in contact with ACS who may be eligible for Special Immigration Juvenile Status (SIJS). SIJS is available for undocumented children involved in the child welfare system and it puts them on a track to become permanent residents and obtain green cards.
“This plan, which would be due to the City Council six months from the effective date of the local law, would systemize how ACS identifies children who may be eligible for SIJS, which will increase the likelihood of their receiving legal services to assist them in applying for SIJS as soon as they are identified. The plan will also include strategies to ensure that appropriate staff at ACS and its contracted foster care providers are trained on SIJS and other immigration issues. After submission of the plan ACS will report annually on plan’s implementation.
“I would like to thank Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner John Mattingly and his staff and my office of City Legislative Affairs for their work on this bill. I would also like to thank the City Council for approving this legislation.”
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