Skip to main content
Tags: illegals | aliens | new york | council | human rights

NYC Council Bans Words 'Alien,' 'Illegal Immigrant' from Official Business

NYC Council Bans Words 'Alien,' 'Illegal Immigrant' from Official Business
With the Lower Manhattan skyline behind it, the Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island. (Drew Angerer/Getty)

By    |   Friday, 29 May 2020 07:01 PM EDT

The New York City Council on Friday voted to bar the use of the words “alien” and “illegal immigrant” in official city business, insisting on the term “noncitizens.”

2The move comes eight months after the city’s Commission on Human Rights issued guidance that outlawed the terms "illegals" or "illegal alien" with the "intent to demean, humiliate or harass a person."

Using the terms became punishable by a fine of up to $250,000.

The measure still requires the signature of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson hailed the passage in a tweet, boasting: “New York City just became the first major U.S. city to prohibit the use of the dehumanizing and offensive term "alien" in local laws, rules, and documents.”

Four members voted against the measure, including Steven Matteo of Staten island.

“Not all noncitizens are the same,” Matteo told Staten Island Live.

“Some are tourists, students, or temporary or permanent legal residents, while others have entered and/or remain in this country unlawfully. This legislation is an ill-conceived attempt to erase these important distinctions from all city government publications.”

Councilman Francisco Moya, a Democrat from Queens who sponsored the bill, said the words “alien” and “illegal immigrant” were “outdated and loaded words used to dehumanize the people they describe.”

“Words matter. The language we choose to use has power and consequences. It’s time we as a city use our language to acknowledge people as people rather than to dehumanize them and divide us,” Moya said.

A statement from the New York City Commissioner on Immigrant Affairs Bitta Mostofi called the terms “harmful and xenophobic.”

© 2024 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


US
The New York City Council on Friday voted to bar the use of the words "alien" and "illegal immigrant" in official city business, insisting on the term "noncitizens."
illegals, aliens, new york, council, human rights
270
2020-01-29
Friday, 29 May 2020 07:01 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved