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Robert Namer
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May 30, 2020

     Political correctness stupidity. The New York City Council voted overwhelmingly Thursday to replace all mentions of “alien” in city documents, regulations and local laws with “noncitizen,” a move that critics derided as political correctness run amok. “It’s like the speech police is out again,” said Councilman Robert Holden (D-Queens), who was one of four votes against the measure. “Alien is a term used for someone who is from another area, another land. That’s a term used in Congress and in the government.”

He added: “We’re overstepping our bounds here prohibiting certain terms.”

     Council Speaker Corey Johnson celebrated the 46-4 vote with an afternoon tweet that claimed the Big Apple “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. From now on, the term will be ‘noncitizen.’” The measure was introduced by Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Queens) in January, who argued the change would help promote better treatment of immigrants in the Big Apple. “This legislation is an ill-conceived attempt to censor language, but all it does is blur important distinctions between non-citizens — whether they are students, tourists, temporary residents or here illegally,” said Councilman Steven Matteo (R-Staten Island), the chamber’s minority leader. Councilmen Kalman Yeger (D-Brooklyn) and Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) and other two votes against the proposal.

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