If you reside in the “Big Apple” you had better watch your language when discussing the latest privileged group… IMMIGRANTS.
The new law just imposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio makes it illegal for anyone using the term “illegal alien” when discussing an individual who happens to be a refugee or a migrant.
The new and improved version in describing these individuals one would presume would be “undocumented” however the term “alien” might also provide some emotional stress for these individuals, who crossed our borders “illegally.”
According to the news guidelines provided by New York City Commission on Human Rights it’s “illegal for a person’s employer, coworkers, or housing provider … to use derogatory or offensive terms to intimidate, humiliate, or degrade people, including by using the term “illegal alien,” where its use is intended to demean, humiliate, or offend another person.”
The civil penalty for using the wrong verbiage when addressing a migrant is a monetary fine, which has yet to be defined.
Playing word games is something progressives have been doing for decades, camouflaging the true nature of something by introducing a more politically correct term hoping to obscure the obvious, in that someone who willfully crosses our border and has entered the country “illegally”…logic would suggest that individual is an “illegal alien.”
Moreover this new speech code isn’t really intended to soften the feelings of illegal migrants, but rather a smart way to perhaps placate the public, regarding the issue of importing cheap labor, and more importantly a clever ruse for those service businesses taking advantage of those migrants pretending that somehow referencing them as “undocumented” gives them added dignity while still being exploited.
“The New York City Human Rights Law is one of the most protective in the nation,” said Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chair and Commissioner of the NYC Commission on Human Rights. “It protects everyone, regardless of their immigration status. 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. Today’s guidance makes abundantly clear that there is no room for discrimination in NYC.”
Platitudes are all well and good if they actually provide dignity for those living in the shadows; however a society built on a two tier system, pitting competing laws in which only federal immigration laws are truly the law of the land is bound to eventually fail, regardless of what is written by a state or a city.
New York’s immigration laws have yet to be challenged within the Supreme Court, thus a city law that states “It is illegal for employers to … threaten to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to harass, scare, or intimidate workers because of their immigration status,” the rules say. “It is illegal for landlords or other housing providers to threaten to call ICE to harass, scare, or intimidate tenants because of their immigration status.”
New York City is actually in violation of U.S Immigration Law Code 1325 “Improper entry by alien.” This broadly states that anyone knowingly providing assistance to an alien entering the country illegally, if found guilty, shall be fined up to $5,000 and or imprisoned up to 10 years or both.
Also as for this latest attempt by New York City in restricting the 1ST Amendment which guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Look for this city law to be challenged within the courts, as unconstitutional