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"Like Waskow, Sara Atkins, 39, has marched through the city, demonstrated at the Philadelphia field office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and helped immigrants navigate the court system. She is director of advocacy for Torah Trumps Hate, an Orthodox Jewish activist organization of more than 2,000 members nationwide that was founded soon after Trump’s election.
One of the signs members hoist at demonstrations quotes Leviticus 19:34: “The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens.” Another asks, “What would God say?”
The situation at the border and the tactics of ICE are "not Torahdik, not in line with Torah values,” said Atkins, of Wynnewood.
Torah Trumps Hate has helped immigrants at airports navigate immigration procedures, cosponsored protests such as one in February 2018 that advocated for Dreamers, and has mobilized members to attend more recent protests nationwide, including the July 12 Lights for Liberty march in Philadelphia, held on the eve of the Trump administration’s threatened ICE raids."Continue reading »