BROOKLYN - Many immigration advocates are hailing yesterday’s City Council vote to bar the NYPD from handing over undocumented immigrants charged with petty crimes for deportation.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign the bill into law.

Proponents say too many families have been broken up by deportation. They say this move was a long time coming.

Others say they won’t celebrate until they see numbers showing these deportations have stopped.

The new law would only apply to those with clean records. Those who have been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors within the last 10 years could still face deportation.