NYC bans the word 'alien' in laws, documents, opts for 'noncitizen'
Added 05-28-20 11:29:01pm EST - “New York City became the first major city in the U.S. on Thursday after the NYC Council removed the? terms "alien," "illegal immigrant" and "illegal migrant" from local laws, rules and documents and instead will be? replacing them…” - Foxnews.com
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New York City became the first major city in the U.S. on Thursday to remove the terms “alien,” “illegal immigrant” and “illegal migrant” from local laws, rules and documents and instead the NYC Council will be replacing them with the term “noncitizen."
Queens Councilman Francisco Moya, the Democrat who sponsored the bill, called the terms “outdated and loaded words used to dehumanize the people they describe.”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.
The commissioner of NYC Immigrant Affairs, Bitta Mostofi, applauded the work of the council, saying, "At a time when the federal government is engaged in divisive policies and racist rhetoric, we are proud to have worked within the administration with the council to show that there is a better way, one that recognizes the humanity of New Yorkers."
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