A church located in Indianapolis, Indiana has caged Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus statues on the church’s front lawn. The Rev. Stephen Carlsen, dean and rector of the Episcopal church, Christ Church Cathedral, says the Holy Family was placed in “ICE detention” in wake of the recent immigration debate.
The church says the caged Holy Family is part of the church’s “Every Family is Holy” campaign and says that just like immigrants crossing the border, Jesus, Mary and Joseph were once also homeless and fled danger to seek asylum, according to CBS News.
In an interview with NBC news, the Rev. Canon Lee Curtis of Christ Church Cathedral stated “The statement with the Holy Family says as much about our policy as any statement would say, who came up with the idea.” Rev. Curtis, who came up with the original idea of the Holy Family in a cage continued,“We want an end for family detention. Families, all families, every family, is holy and we hope and pray that families who are seeking out a better life for their kids are afforded that opportunity.”
“A number of our congregants at the cathedral are first or second-generation immigrants and this situation is not abstract for us,” Curtis said. “This is something that we preach and teach about, and we are partnering with other groups in the state in order to see meaningful reform for detention and deportation. We walked and supported people through ICE deportation proceedings before too.”
On June 20th, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that would allow families to be detained together and no longer separate them. “It’s about keeping families together while ensuring we have a powerful border,” Trump said.
Trump said that the order “will solve that problem” of children and parents being separated, but that it would not end his administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy that charges everyone attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,” Trump said.
Those caught entering the country illegally will now be held together as a family while “any criminal improper entry or immigration proceedings involving other members” were still pending.
The Holy Family was put on display at 10 p.m. Monday and Curtis said it will remain on the front lawn until further notice.
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