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The Holy Family Detained By ICE
July 21 2018, 08:10 | Irvin Gilbert
Indianapolis church puts holy family in ‘ICE detention’ in bold statement about immigration policy
A church in Indianapolis has put up a display that shows statues of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in a cage to protest the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.
A prominent Episcopal church in Indiana's capital city is calling attention to President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" border policies by applying them to three of the most famous refugees in world history. Joseph and Mary were not any different from migrant families fleeing violence from their home countries, he said.
Rev. Lee Curtis, who also presides at the church, said the display was his idea and argued that the Holy Family sought asylum in Egypt.
"That family is every family who are seeking safety for their children", he told CNN.
Carlsen said he hopes the caged icons will inspire people of good will and faith to recognize that the US policy of separating families must end. "This is a family that resonates with a lot of people", he said in the story.
The church has tried to advocate for immigrants through actions like accompanying them to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement check-ins, Carlsen said. "I would love for it to be outdated and be taken down".
People walking by said the display was a powerful way to bring awareness to the situation at the border.
"[Some] forget that this is a homeless family with nowhere to go", Carlsen says. "And then I saw the lightbulb come on". "Somewhere along the line, I guess, just hoping for a better life has been lost because it's politics involved".