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Jackson: No backing down on protecting immigrants in Boston

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) ended today's council meeting by quoting Martin Niemoller's famous poem - and vowing to fight for Boston immigrants.

Jackson said his office had gotten an outpouring of "hatred and anger" when he called for Boston to go beyond the measures the council has already approved and formally declare itself a sanctuary city.

"I feel much more encouraged" because he's now getting a flood of calls of support, he said.

Jackson said he will fight to protect "undocumented" immigrants, because, as former state Rep. Mel King said, "no human can be illegal."

"Humans and the human spirit can never be illegal," he said.

"We must not only act, we must ask ourselves what does 'one nation under God, with liberty and and justice' for all really mean?" he said. "And how do we make that a reality for all Bostonians."

He gave a special nod to Councilor Josh Zakim (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway) for continuing the work of his late father - the head of the local ADL chapter - in sponsoring the initial 2014 resolution to protect immigrants.

"The clear majority of undocumented workers in Boston simply work hard daily to take cre of themselves and their families," and they deserve the right to go to police if they are threatened or attacked, their children deserve to be safe in schools, knowing BPS will not participate in an federal sweeps, they and their families need to feel safe going to a doctor when they're sick, he said.

Other councilors gave him a round of applause.

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Why do these politicians insist on lumping illegal and legal immigrants together? It is dishonest and insulting to legal immigrants.

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He was actually talking specifically about undocumented immigrants.

But what he said would extend to legal ones facing endless "papers please" searches like the ones Joe Arpaio liked to do in Arizona.

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Right because in this state that's possible?

Can you say money grab??

Just think of all the budding young lawyer "callers" that would genuinely love to help those disenfranchised....

Adam, your omission gives away your stance....not as bad as da Globe, but.....

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if someone's undocumented or not without seeing their papers? Should all citizens start having to carry proof of citizenship everywhere we go, or should we just start blatantly racially profiling everyone who "looks illegal"?

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was proof of citizenship at one point!

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You're still weren't required to carry one around at all times, to be presented to law enforcement at their request. Unless Massachusetts used to be a lot more fascist than I remember...

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It's easy, all we need to do is have a clear symbol that can identify people by their category sewn onto all their clothes.... oh wait a second.

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He's talking about not cooperating with federal immigration officals from carrying out their duties. If an iillegal immigrant who should have been deported ends up killing someone  Tito might change his stance.

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Immigrants are less likely to commit crime, than natural-born citizens.
https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/research/criminalization-immi...

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Can we sue him for squandering our tax dollars?

No human being is 'inherently' illegal until they break the law.

Tito, stop pandering--for as many hand outs, how many votes do you receive? Did it work for the Dems?

Boston is a majority minority City, and Tito still wouldn't be the choice, should the minority vote actually galvanize and propagate one, count em, 1 person to represent and in turn run.

Tito is just a hollow suit ripoff artist...even his "constituency" knows it.

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Sounds like he'd be a breeze to defeat in an election. You should run for his office! Apparently no one votes for him, or indeed for any member of the Democratic party in this fine Commonwealth, and even his constituents are just pretending to support him because, uh, reasons. Let us know how it goes, I can barely wait for the 2018 elections!

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Knee jerk sophomore-ism.

You could address the points made, triangulate, and in turn make your point, if there is one.

NM, brandish those broad, emotive strokes.

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To respond to someone.

Who can only communicate.

In sentence fragments.

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How the old timers felt about EE CUMMINGS.

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...your posts are fucking poetry.

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In your original comment, you made completely baseless accusations of pandering, made a cryptically racist dig at Tito being in office only because he's a minority, and asked a hypothetical question so breathtakingly stupid that I have to assume you either slept through ninth grade civics class or suffer from a cognitive impairment. Not a whole lot for me to triangulate on, fella. You can't polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter.

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It has a majority so called white population. Metro Boston and the state has a majority white population, as does the U.S. as a whole.

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Census statistics show Boston with a non-Hispanic white population of 54% as of 2014.

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It is 54% white, and white hispanic.

In 2000 it was 49.5% non-hispanic White
In 2010 it was 47% non-hispanic White
In 2015 it is 44.6% non hispanic White

Minorities composed 55.4% of the population last year

The state is 72.6% white as of 2015

The metro area is ~68% white as of 2015
65.7% white excluding New Hampshire counties

http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/searchresults.xhtml?ref...

you gotta be careful with how you read statistics.

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"No human being is 'inherently' illegal until they break the law."

What?? Then the ACTION is illegal, not the HUMAN BEING.

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College campuses and massively Democratic cities threaten to give up federal funding from an all Republican Congress...

I'll give them this if they follow through, at least for once they put the money where the mouth is.

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For a career politician in the parochial burgs of the Bean?

I think it's got more to do with a pension and 401k than anything else....

Like the MBTA, they get paid if they "show up" or not..

But hey, "working families all the way." Until there's cuts, then we go after the little guys despite how top heavy and redundant the "white shirt" Admin is....

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Martin Neimoller was an admitted anti-Semite. I don't think any of the groups that "they came for" were criminal illegal aliens in Germany so he might as well have quoted Robert Frost or Aesop's Fables. Equally irrelevant. Clown.

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Unless "seriously stupid" is your game.

Go hug your 3/5ths of a girlfriend already.

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Fish is here to say stupid shit and chew bubblegum. And he's all out of bubblegum.

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Go hug your 3/5ths of a girlfriend already.

Stay classy lefties, stay classy.

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Ah yes, that must be why he has some serious rockspace dedicated to him at the HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL.

Crawl back in your hate hole, please.

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whether people are legally or illegally in the U.S. as long as they are working and supporting themselves and their families and paying taxes. I would prefer a working, bill paying illegal alien any day over a welfare collecting U.S. citizen.

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Only in 1963, in a West German television interview, did Niemöller acknowledge and make a statement of regret about his own antisemitism (see Gerlach, 2000, p. 47). Nonetheless, Martin Niemöller was one of the earliest Germans to talk publicly about broader complicity in the Holocaust and guilt for what had happened to the Jews.

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Did you miss the words regret and what follows Nonetheless?

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but it's become pretty clear this election season that they have no idea what the concepts of "apology" "regret" and "forgiveness" are...

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I think it's actually spelled Niemoller. You have the i and e transposed. Although it's Niemöller if you want to be absolutely correct.

I am concerned that the political climate coming from the top will find it convenient to blame my ethnicity for some economic plight at some point in the next 4 years. And then the same things we have seen increasingly happening to latinos and muslims will happen to me. And perhaps there will indeed be no one left to speak up for me if we don't speak up now against that type of behavior.

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Spelling fixed, at least to the American style (i.e., no umlaut).

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Tito against Marty for Mayor. A grudge match between two southpaws who will move to the left and throw wild left hooks at each other. Should make for an entertaining summer.

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I really hope Tito runs against Mayor Walsh next year!

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Unless Tito starts building that war chest. Big dinners at Grill 23 and Abe & Louis's doesn't help, nor does springing for $500 of chinese food from Chef Chow's. He's up to a whopping $18k in the warchest vs. Marty's $1.6 million.

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Tito Jackson is one of the most courageous, vocal, productive, and engaged councilors we have. I have huge respect for him and his leadership!

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I came here as an emigrant the
right way. No sympathy for those
illegally enter this country. I
despise the fascist, that will
be our next president,But on
one point he's right.We either
have laws or not.Get rid of
this sanctuary city nonsense.
Stop blurring the lines of
legal alien v undocumented
migrant.

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Illegal immigrants take jobs from teenagers, especially blacks and Latinos. The idea that a state has a "right" to nullify Federal law was the justification for both slavery and segregation yet somehow it is A-OK to allow illegal immigration that keeps U.S. citizens out of work especially in the hospitality industry.

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