Using the term “illegal alien” or threatening to call ICE on a person in New York City could result in a hefty fine.
The NYC Commission on Human Rights said using the term “illegal alien” is illegal under law “when used with intent to demean, humiliate, or harass a person.”
The new legal guidance also includes threatening to call ICE on a person or harassing them for their English proficiency or use of another language.
Those found to be violating these new guidelines could face up to $250,000 in fines.
“We take immense pride in our city’s diversity and the immigrant communities that call New York City home,” Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson said in a statement. “This new legal enforcement guidance will help ensure that no New Yorker is discriminated against based on their immigration status or national origin.”
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Examples of violations, according to a news release:
- Harassing a restaurant patron because of their accent.
- Refusing repairs on a unit occupied by an immigrant family and threatening to call ICE if they complain.
- Paying a lower wage or withholding wages to workers because of their immigration status.
- Harassing a store customer by telling them to stop speaking their language and demanding they speak English.
(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)