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.