NYC Can Now Fine You $250,000 for Using The Words ‘Illegal Alien’
NYC's Commission on Human Rights also announced that in addition to saying the words 'illegal alien', they can also impose these fines for threatening to call ICE (immigration and customs enforcement) on somebody.
New Yorkers could also face fines if they use similar language towards a lawful resident or citizen whom they perceive to be in the country illegally.
"The NYC Commission on Human Rights ... defines discrimination on the basis of perceived or actual immigration status and national origin under the New York City Human Rights Law in public accommodation, employment, and housing," the announcement read.
The Commission on Human Rights has a history of censoring speech it deemed harmful. Composed of political appointees, the committee previously enacted a ban on employers and landlords using gender pronouns other than those preferred by employees and tenants. Violations of those regulations similarly carried a $250,000 fine if the offenders engaged in "willful, wanton, or malicious conduct."