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New York promises fines of up to $250K for saying 'illegal alien'

In New York, no one is allowed anymore to call an immigrant as "illegal alien". There is a new law stating that anyone caught calling someone else "illegal alien" can face a fine of up to $250,000. This latest law is created to protect the immigrants and non-immigrants from verbal abuse and hate speech.

The Human Rights Commission also issued a statement that says the fine is applicable for people who will threaten anyone to report them to the ICE, or the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The 29-page directive was released by the city commission on Thursday. This was made possible after the close collaboration with Mayor Bill de Blasio's Office of Immigrant Affairs.

In a released statement by the commission of the immigrant affairs, Bitta Mostofi said the new law come 'as we combat the federal government's rhetoric of fear and xenophobic policies that have threatened the health and well-being of immigrant communities.'

Mostofi added: 'Harassment and discrimination based on one's actual or perceived immigration status, national origin, limited English proficiency, or accent will never be tolerated in our city of 3.2 million immigrants,' 
Though this new protection law has just been released, this is actually not the first time that the city commission has tried to ban the harmful term.

According to Fox, there was a law before that prohibits landlords and employees from utilizing gender pronouns that are not included in the selected terms of their tenants and employees. If the rule was broken, there was also a $250,000 fine for a "willful, wanton, or malicious conduct".

The announcement of the commission came down at the same time as the the Democrats were criticizing the administration of Trump for ICE aids and warned the administration for the use of "illegal alien".

In June, Rep. Ilham Omar, D-Minn tweeted: "No one is an 'alien,'". According to Fox reports, this tweet was in response to the term used by the president.
The term "undocumented immigrant" is what journalists are pushing to use, and that includes the Associated Press.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz (pictured above), has defended the use of the term "illegal alien," noting that it is the official phrase used under federal law.
Ted Cruz, a Republican Senator, defended the utilization of the words "illegal alien", saying that it is actually an official term used under the federal law.
A couple of government people are defending the use of the term "illegal alien". They argued that the term is in accordance with the US code. Republican Senator Ted Cruz said that the "illegal alien" phrase can be found under the federal law. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was known to even particularly directed all the Justice Department officials to use only the term "illegal alien", since the term was in compliance with the US code.

It is important to take note that it has always been illegal to discriminate against immigrants and national origins for decades. But due to the rising political pressures, the US commission decided to make the consequences of hateful speeches against immigrants and non-immigrants more forceful and heavier.

The new restrictions come 'as we combat the federal government's rhetoric of fear and xenophobic policies that have threatened the health and well-being of immigrant communities,' says Bitta Mostofi (above), commissioner of the immigrant affairs office
Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the immigrant affairs office
In a released statement, the commission quoted about the new directive's guidance: 'reaffirms these protections, as well as provides specific examples of discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and employment,'

The New York City Human Rights Law was appointed to investigate any discrimination in the city against immigrants and non-immigrants basing on the 26 protected categories. The commission said that the new protection law is tougher and it is bound to be heard clearly and can make a huge difference in the city's workplaces, public accommodations, and schools.

The New York city officials needed to act regarding the discrimination because the situation for the immigrants and non-immigrants are getting worst. People are becoming more hostile against people coming from Muslim-majority countries, African nations, and Central America.

Currently, the city commission has four active cases of discrimination, where the ICE was used to harass or threaten housing tenants. One of the cases is about ordering a landlord to pay up $5,000 fine and $12,000 in damages to a tenant because the landlord threatened to call the ICE.

The new protection law has specifics regarding the harassment, which includes declining repair services for an immigrant family housing unit and threatening to report them to the ICE if they complain, harassing customers in a restaurant due to their accent, and paying less wage or withholding salaries due to the immigration status

The new law even includes the prohibition to demand to a store customer to speak English instead of their own foreign language.

The law is applicable to every business in New York City, including fitness clubs, restaurants, and nightclubs. It also applies to public spaces like healthcare providers, libraries, parks, and cultural institutions.
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