NYC Bans Term 'Illegal Alien,' Makes Threatening To Call ICE A $250K Fine

The New York City Commission on Human Rights banned the term "illegal alien" and threatening to report someone to ICE.

New York, NY – Calling someone an “illegal alien” or threatening to report them to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) now comes with a fine of $250,000 in New York City.

The New York City Commission on Human Rights announced the move on Thursday in a press release that included guidance on what exactly would be considered derogatory use of certain terminology based on the user’s motivations, FOX News reported.

“Threatening to call ICE when motivated by discrimination, derogatory use of the term ‘illegal alien,’ and discrimination based on limited English proficiency are unlawful discriminatory treatment under the NYC Human Rights Law,” the commission wrote.

The press release also claimed that the commission was already investigating four cases where somebody threatened to call ICE “in order to harass, threaten, or intimidate a victim.”

“Fines of up to $250,000 can be assessed for each act of willful discrimination, and damages are available to complainants,” according to the release.

Critics quickly jumped on social media to declare the new law an attack on the First Amendment.

The city’s Commission on Human Rights has a track record of attacking free speech and has previously banned landlords and employers from using pronouns other than what their tenants and employees preferred, FOX News reported.

Violations of that guidance also cost the perpetrator as much as $250,000 in fines.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pointed out that the term “illegal alien” is actually the correct terminology under federal law to describe a person who is in the country illegally.

In fact, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered his staff to only use the term “illegal alien,” FOX News reported.

“The word ‘undocumented’ is not based in US code and should not be used to describe someone’s illegal presence in the country,” Sessions wrote in agency-wide email.

But New York City’s human rights commission sees things very differently and openly admitted the new guidance was a response to what they perceived as an attack on illegal immigrants by President Donald Trump’s administration, the New York Post reported.

“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,” NYC Human Rights Commission Chair Carmelyn Malalis said.

The directive also listed a number of examples of acts or remarks that could get a person into trouble in the Big Apple, the New York Post reported.

“A hotel prohibits its housekeepers from speaking Spanish while cleaning because it would ‘offend’ hotel guests or make them uncomfortable,” was one example.

“An Indian immigrant family complains to their landlord about mold and cockroaches in their unit. The landlord tells them to ‘just deal with it’ and threatens to call ICE if they file a complaint in housing court,” was another example, according to the New York Post.

“A store owner tells two friends who are speaking Thai while shopping in his store to ‘speak English’ and ‘go back to your country,’ was yet one more hypothetical that could land the speaker in legal trouble under the new directive.

The same day the new guidance was issued by the human rights agency, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced a $1 million joint investment with the state to “guarantee” legal services to illegal immigrants who faced imminent deportation, the New York Post reported.

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flybynight
flybynight

Gee, wish I lived there................ Not!!!!

walkintall
walkintall

Is "Shove It Up Your Ass" still OK?

Southgal
Southgal

All the good people of NY should pack up and leave. This is beyond the PC police. Just plan crazy

Samval
Samval

As a Donald Trump supporter, I actually agree with NYC on this. Its very wrong for a landlord to threaten their tenant, who is an illegal alien, that they will call ICE if they complain about the living conditions of the home they are renting. So yes I get the whole point of all this...its a good thing.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

So you can be fined for "threatening" to call ICE? What about just skipping the threat part and calling ICE? The more I think about this new law, the more I realize how totally fucked up the liberal agenda is and how it might destroy the country.

JBo
JBo

I wonder if all the other words people use to harass and demean other people are also going to be illegal. That's going to be a really long list.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

What they should do is ban illegal immigrants!

FranklinF
FranklinF

They should send some illegals there where they are more welcomed.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Personally, I would completely ignore this unconstitutional law, if it really does ban "derogatory use of the term ‘illegal alien,’" which I am skeptical of, since The First Amendment is intended to protect derogatory, offensive, and controversial speech. I'll see if I can find it.

SHOTGUN285
SHOTGUN285

Let's see how that holds up against the 1st Amendment for starters.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Traitors like to destroy - Patriots are compelled to build. Traitors value control - Patriots cherish sovereignty. Traitors abuse freedom - Patriots provide it. Traitors want to start conflict - Patriots will be forced to finish it.

NYXX
NYXX

😂 Semantics.They'll use another word.🙄 And who do they think is going to be able to pay 250K?? That is what I would call a viable threat. Citizens can still call ICE, just don't threaten to do it. You'd think they could spend their time and money on more important issues. Like helping homeless veterans. Citizens that are conservative need to file complaints when they are called racist, white supremists and all of the other derogatory and offensive things that they are called. Can't have your cake and eat it too!

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Can we still call the woman pictured the c word?

OakwoodLT5
OakwoodLT5

Only smart on in the group was Amazon

TexasStrong
TexasStrong

Okay. Let's just start calling them what they are - ILLEGAL CRIMINALS. They come here without proper papers, visas, etc. so that makes them both an illegal and a criminal.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

"The press release also claimed that the commission was already investigating four cases where somebody threatened to call ICE “in order to harass, threaten, or intimidate a victim.” This isn't law enforcement calling ICE; this is a local person exploiting a person's immigration status to take advantage of them. This is a real problem.

I'm not defending the status of illegal aliens, but business owners and landlords should not be allowed to threaten people with deportation if they don't do what they say, especially if they knew they were illegal in the first place.

Storm45
Storm45

"Human Rights" is just coded language for the agenda of dismantling traditional America and the evisceration of the Constitution by essentially eliminating the First Amendment. This is the foreseen outcome of hate crime legislation when it first began. Punishment for thoughts and now speech rather than actions.

61mouse
61mouse

And the ones BREAKING THE LAW get to walk free

Theendisnear
Theendisnear

Okay, fine... call them Crminial Invaders!!!

DeiselDemon92
DeiselDemon92

So NYC is a bigger shithole now

Domestic goddess
Domestic goddess

Censorship, anyone? My First Amendment Right says I can still say "illegal alien". That phrase states a fact, not an opinion!

Janken
Janken

So the law breakers who enter our country illegally need to be called. ENEMIES OF OUR COUNTRY AND THEY ARE INVADING US SO THEY NEED TO BE SHOT

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

I’ve been to New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco a couple of dozen times each but I won’t be going back anytime soon.

Also, if you have cock roaches, use boric acid and it’ll kill them. I would not bother a landlord with such petty stuff. If there were too many roaches to simply eradicate, I’d move.

Trump Delusion Syndrome is really prevalent with these ignorant politicians.

Mcgver
Mcgver

Illegal alien, Illegal alien, Illegal alien, so fine me. 👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌

adammcculler
adammcculler

You can't say illegal alien? But it's in Genesis..their first album I believe.