Applaud the Outlaw of the Discriminatory Term “Illegal Alien”

Target: Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights

Goal: Thank New York City for defending the rights of immigrants.

It is now illegal to call an individual an “illegal alien” as a form of hate, humiliation, or harassment. This progressive law has been enforced by the New York City Human Rights Commission. Thank its members for taking a stand against hateful rhetoric.

Anyone who labels someone as an “illegal alien” in order to “demean, humiliate, or harass” may face up to $250,000 in fines. Similar punishments will be directed toward those who threaten to call ICE based on a “discriminatory motive” and to those who harass individuals for not speaking English.

Since 2016, we have seen discrimination and racism skyrocket. It is uplifting to see progress being made to hold individuals accountable for their hate. There is a difference between being politically correct and being kind, caring, and compassionate. Thank the NYC Human Rights Commission for understanding this.


Dear Chairwoman Malalis,

Thank you for taking a stand against discrimination and hate. Thank you for protecting New York City’s immigrants from the hateful rhetoric of racists and xenophobes. Your recent legislation to punish individuals accused of discriminatory remarks is a positive sign in these otherwise concerning times.

I hope that this legislation will bring about positive change. I hope that other American cities will follow your lead. Thank you for taking a stand.


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Photo Credit: Javier Robles

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