‘Derogatory’ Use of the Term ‘Illegal Alien’ and Threatening to Call I.C.E. on Someone is Now Illegal in NYC
In a stunning attack on free speech, New York City has now banned “derogatory” use of the term “illegal alien.”
The NYC Commission on Human Rights has also banned threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement on someone.
A 29-page directive released by City Hall’s Commission on Human Rights on Thursday outlined “new legal enforcement guidance and actions against discrimination based on immigration status and national origin.” Violations of their new “hate” laws are punishable by fines of up to $250,000 per offense.
“‘Alien’ — used in many laws to refer to a ‘noncitizen’ person — is a term that may carry negative connotations and dehumanize immigrants, marking them as ‘other,’” the memo says. “The use of certain language, including ‘illegal alien’ and ‘illegals,’ with the intent to demean, humiliate, or offend a person or persons constitutes discrimination.”
The commission said that they are “currently investigating 4 cases involving discrimination based on threats to call ICE in order to harass, threaten, or intimidate a victim.”
One example of a hypothetical situation that would be a violation of their new rules is if a “hotel prohibits its housekeepers from speaking Spanish while cleaning because it would ‘offend’ hotel guests or make them uncomfortable.”
The New York Post reports that the “Commission on Human Rights made clear that the directive is, at least in part, a rebuke of federal crackdowns on illegal immigration.”
“In the face of increasingly hostile national rhetoric, we will do everything in our power to make sure our treasured immigrant communities are able to live with dignity and respect, free of harassment and bias,” Carmelyn Malalis, the agency’s commissioner, told the Post.
While the new laws were being released, the NYC mayor’s office also announced a joint $1 million investment with the state to provide legal services to illegal aliens facing imminent deportation.