New York City Passes New Rules Expanding Hate Speech

  • 09/28/2019 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
New York City Passes New Rules Expanding Hate Speech
Eric Kilby from Somerville, MA, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]
New York City's Commission on Human Rights quietly announced Thursday "new legal enforcement guidance and actions against discrimination based on immigration status and national origin."

The new rules added to the Big Apple's list of hate speech. (Daily Wire)
 

The new crimes include, according to a press release from the commission, “Threatening to call [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] when motivated by discrimination, derogatory use of the term ‘illegal alien,’ and discrimination based on limited English proficiency are unlawful discriminatory treatment under the NYC Human Rights Law.”

The commission also said it was “currently investigating 4 cases involving discrimination based on threats to call ICE in order to harass, threaten, or intimidate a victim.”

It is unclear exactly how an alleged instance of discrimination could be investigated, considering the “he said/she said” nature of the allegations. Either a lot of cases will result in no findings or New York City residents will lose some due process rights in order to determine their guilt. And this says nothing of the First Amendment rights for speech — even objectionable speech.

“In the face of increasingly hostile national rhetoric, we will do everything in our power to make sure our treasured immigrant communities are able to live with dignity and respect, free of harassment and bias,” Human Rights Commission Chair Carmelyn P. Malalis said in a statement published by Patch. “Today’s guidance makes abundantly clear that there is no room for discrimination in NYC.”

 
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