INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis church is making a statement on where it stands on families being detained and separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Christ Church Cathedral, a church located on Monument Circle within the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, has set up statues of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus inside a chain link fence on the church’s front lawn. The statues are normally used for the church’s nativity scene during Christmas.
The church’s dean, Steve Carlson, said the set up is to bring awareness to and condemn the United States’ zero-tolerance immigration policy.
“They were a homeless family with nowhere to stay,” Carlson said. “I think our faith tells us where we need to be. The fact that it’s controversial isn’t because I want to be controversial. What’s controversial is that we’re turning away from the values that should be guiding us.”
The new policy of the Trump administration is not to separate families, but to detain them in immigration facilities, according to the Department of Justice.
When asked how long the church would keep the fences up, Carlson said, “How long are we going to keep detaining families indefinitely?”
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