A person who uses the term & # 39; illegal alien & # 39; is fined in New York with a fine of up to $ 250,000, which has passed a new law designed to protect both immigrants and non-immigrants from hate speech.
The City's Human Rights Commission will also pay hate-motivated individuals the heavy fine if they threaten to report someone to US immigration and customs enforcement, or better known as ICE.
The committee released a 29-page guideline on the new law on Thursday, after working closely with Mayor Bill de Blasio's Office of Immigrant Affairs.
A person who uses the term & # 39; illegal alien & # 39; is fined in New York with a fine of up to $ 250,000, which has passed a new law designed to protect both immigrants and non-immigrants from hate speech. A tweet from the city (above) announced the stricter law on Thursday
New York also hates motivated people with the same $ 250,000 fine if they threaten to report someone to US immigration and customs enforcement. ICE agents (above) return a Mexican national to the authorities in his country
The new restrictions come & # 39; while we fight the rhetoric of fear and xenophobic policies of the federal government that have threatened the health and well-being of immigrant communities & # 39 ;, said Bitta Mostofi, Commissioner of the Immigrant Office, in a released statement.
Harassment and discrimination based on a person's actual or perceived immigration status, national origin, limited English language skills or accent are never tolerated in our city of 3.2 million immigrants, & Mostofi added.
This is not the first time that the committee has censored what was considered harmful.
An earlier law prohibited limited employers and landlords from using gender pronouns other than those chosen by their employees and renters, and issued a similar fine of $ 250,000 if the rules were violated for "intentional, willful or malicious conduct," reports Fox.
The commission's announcement on Thursday came when Democrats criticized the Trump government for ICE raids and warned against the use of "illegal aliens."
"Nobody is an & # 39; alien & # 39 ;," Rep. Ilham Omar, D-Minn., Tweette in June and responded to the president's use of the term, Fox reports.
Journalists, including the Associated Press, have lobbied before dropping the term and used undocumented immigrants & # 39 ;.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz (pictured above), has defended the use of the term "illegal alien" and noted that this is the official phrase used under federal law.
Those who resist, including Republican Senator Ted Cruz, have noted that "illegal alien" is the official term used under federal law. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has even specifically instructed his Justice Department officials not to use a reference other than & # 39; illegal alien & # 39 ;, which he says is based in the US code.
Discrimination based on immigration status and national origin has been illegal in New York for decades. However, given the increasing political pressure to intensify enforcement of illegal immigration in the US, the committee chose to add teeth to the consequences for those inspired by hatred.
The new restrictions come & # 39; while we fight the rhetoric of fear and xenophobic policies of the federal government that have threatened the health and well-being of immigrant communities & # 39 ;, says Bitta Mostofi (above), Commissioner of the Immigration Office
Guidance in the new directive & # 39; confirms this protection, and provides specific examples of discrimination in housing, public housing and employment & # 39 ;, the commission says in a released statement.
The committee, in charge of investigating discrimination and enforcing New York human rights law based on 26 protected categories, says the new, more serious consequences go beyond & # 39; many & # 39; other municipalities in protecting the rights of individuals in the workplace, in schools and in public accommodations. & # 39;
Municipal officials were forced to act because federal policies are becoming increasingly hostile towards immigrant communities, including immigrants from Central America, African countries and people from Muslim countries.
The Commission has four cases of active discrimination in which ICE was used to intimidate or harass tenants of a home. One case concerns a landlord who was ordered to pay a fine of $ 5,000 and $ 12,000 in damages to a tenant for threatening to call ICE.
Specific violations of immigration status and protection of national origin include harassment of a restaurant protector because of their accent; refusing repairs to a residential unit inhabited by an immigrant family and threatening to call ICE if they complain; pay lower wages or withhold wages due to their immigration status.
The law even protects against telling a shopper to stop speaking a foreign language and demand that he speaks English.
The law applies to all businesses in the city, including restaurants, fitness clubs, shops and night clubs, and other public spaces such as parks, libraries, healthcare providers and cultural institutions.
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