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Saying These Two Words In NYC Will Now Cost You A $250,000 Fine

By Stephanie Ogbogu

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Planning a trip to New York City sometime soon? Well, you should probably leave your bigotry at home. NYC has banned the terms “illegals” and “illegal alien” when used “with intent to demean, humiliate or harass a person.” And if you intend on using those words to demean someone anyway, be prepared to pay a fine up to $250,000.

According to a new guidance issued by the city’s Commission on Human Rights last week, it’s also illegal to harass or discriminate against  “someone for their use of another language or their limited English proficiency, and threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE ) on a person based on a discriminatory motive.”

If you’re confused about whether or not you could be breaking the law. Don’t worry, NYC provided some examples:

  • A hotel prohibiting its housekeepers from speaking another language because it would “offend” guests.
  • A landlord threatens to call US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement if an Indian immigrant family complains in housing court after they find mold and cockroaches in their unit.
  • A store owner tells two people speaking Thai to “speak English” or “go back to your country.”

Shout out to NYC for doing what’s right. Now let’s see if we can get provisions like this passed around the country. To read the entire 29-page document, click here.

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