Now that Bill de Blasio has dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, the New York City mayor is refocusing his attention towards transforming his city into a socialist safe space and banning free speech.
Referring to an illegal alien as an “illegal alien,” threatening to call immigration authorities on an illegal alien, or harassing someone for their accent or “limited English proficiency” are currently violations punishable by fines up to $250,000 per offense.
City Hall’s Commission on Human Rights announced the new restriction in a 29-page directive.
“Fines of up to $250,000 can be assessed for each act of willful discrimination, and damages are available to complainants,” the commission stated.“‘Alien’ — used in many laws to refer to a ‘noncitizen’ person — is a term that may carry negative connotations and dehumanize immigrants, marking them as ‘other.’”
“The use of certain language, including ‘illegal alien’ and ‘illegals,’ with the intent to demean, humiliate, or offend a person or persons constitutes discrimination,” the commission continued. “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 announcement outlines additional behavior that violates the new restrictions.
“A hotel prohibits its housekeepers from speaking Spanish while cleaning because it would ‘offend’ hotel guests or make them uncomfortable,” reads one hypothetical.
“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,” reads another.
“A store owner tells two friends who are speaking Thai while shopping in his store to ‘speak English’ and ‘go back to your country,’” reads a third.
De Blasio, who has made protecting illegal immigrants a priority during his tenure, promoted his ban on free speech on Twitter, warning those who insult illegal immigrants will be penalized.
“If you want to come into the ultimate city of immigrants and try to spread hate, you WILL face the consequences,” de Blasio said.
In 2017, de Blasio argued the arrest of non-criminal illegal immigrants is “distressing.”
“That’s only going to undermine the relationship between our immigrants and our police and our government in general,” the mayor said. “That’s not going to make anyone safe.
However, the mayor’s infringement on free speech conflicts with legal precedent pertaining to illegal aliens set by the Supreme Court and the Justice Department.
When issuing an injunction against President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents in 2018, Federal District Court Judge Andrew Hanen explained “illegal alien” is the correct legal term in which to refer immigrants who enter the United States illegally.
In adherence to the Supreme Court, Hanen argued, government lawyers have an obligation to use the correct language of the federal statutes they are sworn to uphold and enforce.
“The court also understands that there is a certain segment of the population that finds the phrase ‘illegal alien’ offensive,” Hanen wrote. “The court uses this term because it is the term used by the Supreme Court in its latest pronouncement pertaining to this area of the law. See Arizona v. U.S., 132 S. Ct. 2492 (2012).”
The New York City directive, issued Sept. 25, came after Democrats blasted President Trump for using the term “illegal alien.”
“No one is an ‘alien,'” Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., tweeted in June after Trump used the term.
Under Mayor de Blasio, the city’s Commission on Human rights also issued in 2016 guidelines mandating anyone who provides jobs or houses transgender workers or tenants use pronouns such as “ze/hir” or their preferred gender pronouns. Employers or landlords who violate the regulations may also be subject to fines as high as $250,000.
“Gender expression may not be distinctively male or female and may not conform to traditional gender-based stereotypes assigned to specific gender identities,” the city advised.
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