New York City Criminalizes the Phrase “Illegal Alien”

New York City is attempting to criminalize using the phrase “illegal alien” in a new vaguely worded, reaching and anti-First Amendment municipal law.

A new 29-page order released by the city’s Commission on Human Rights specifies fines of $250,000 per offense for using the phrase in a manner deemed to be “hateful” by city bureaucrats.

“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.”

United States code refers to individuals who lack valid legal authorization to be in the country as illegal aliens. It’s totally appropriate to refer to those who immigrate illegally as illegal aliens, despite a consistent from the left over the past decade to brand immigration law violators as “undocumented immigrants.”

New York City’s law mainly extends to employers, the city’s guidelines describing potential violations in which an employer questions the legal status of his employees. It would be much more difficult for city PC police to persecute ordinary citizens for simply using the commonly used phrase “illegal aliens,” although city hall’s directive makes it unclear if they’re intending to do so.

The city’s commission on human rights is phrasing their unprecedented attack on free speech as a reactionary measure in response to immigration patriots and operations of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the city. The city also recently established a $1 million grant for illegals fighting deportation proceedings in court.

As New York City’s progressive masters roll out the red carpets for those who break America’s immigration law, it appears they take a far more vindictive approach towards actual Americans who might be less than thrilled with mass illegal immigration.