Austin couple places baby Jesus in 'ICE cage' to protest Trump immigration policies

A couple from Austin, Texas, placed a baby Jesus in a cage outside their home as a way to protest President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE's immigration policies. 

Video footage from Fox 7, a local news station, shows the cage featuring the acronym for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The display also includes a sign featuring the message, “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” 


"We are making a statement because during this holiday season, no matter what country you live in, no matter what your ethnicity is, you should be with your family at this time and unfortunately our country in recent history has decided to separate families," Kate Naranjo told the news station in an interview, referencing a now-canceled policy that resulted in thousands of families being separated at the southern border earlier this year. 

She added, "If you know your history and you know the story of the nativity scene then you don't see this as political because this is a reflection of Jesus’s story."

"He was a refugee," she continued. "Each year we try to bring a little levity but also some seriousness to the holiday season."

It's not the first time baby Jesus has been used to condemn the family separation policy that was once implemented by the Trump administration. In July, an Indiana church placed statues of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus inside a barricaded fence as a way to protest the policy.

Trump faced bipartisan outrage earlier this year over a policy that separated families who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump in the summer signed an executive order that halted the practice.