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Illegal to Say Illegal Alien in NY:  The New York Commission on Human Rights (NYCHRL) has announced in a recent  immigration guidance that "It is illegal for a person's employer, coworkers, or housing provider such as landlords to use derogatory or offensive terms to intimidate, humiliate, or degrade people, including by using the term 'illegal alien,' where its use is intended to demean, humiliate, or offend another person." It also cites tenants as an example of people whose speech is restricted.  Hans Bader has this piece in Liberty Unyielding reporting that the city also is trying to forbid most if not all reporting of illegal aliens to the federal government. The Commission forbids such reports if the person making the report is "motivated" by the illegal alien's "immigration status." "But what other motive could a reporting party legitimately have? The whole reason to report an illegal alien to the federal government is precisely because of their immigration status."  Finding that this is a clear violation of the First Amendment Bader also notes that the Commission proposes fines up to $250,000 for violations.  "The specter of such huge fines and no safe harbor for reporting will have a huge chilling effect on citizens, discouraging them from exercising their First Amendment right to petition federal officials to remove illegal aliens."  Which undoubtedly is what was intended.  The First Amendment does not include a blanket "harassment" exception, nor does the fact that federal law and numerous Supreme Court decisions frequently use the term "illegal alien," to describe so-called undocumented immigrants constitute harassment.   

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[NY Democrats in the legislature have been demanding this
for over 10 years, I believe.]

Aside from the embarrassing hypocrisy of declaring, "It is illegal to "us[e] the term 'illegal alien,'" there is another epic failure.

How can one reasonably forbid the act of a good citizen to report an illegal alien to
authorities, if one is motivated by his REAL immigration status ["motivated, in
whole or in part, by animus related to the employee’s actual or perceived
immigration status…"]? Whistleblower protection, anyone?

This promotes the usurpation of federal immigration law:
~~"Any person who—...(iii) conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation;...shall be punished..."

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The following is so tyrannical that it makes me rueful that my grand-uncle was a NYC cop, my cousin is a Manhattan attorney, &ct., and that no relation has prevented this Orwellian despotism.

“Even an employer’s single comment made in circumstances where that comment would signal discriminatory views about one’s immigration status or national origin may be enough to constitute harassment."
~~ 8 U.S. Code § 1324

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