A couple in Austin, Texas has decided to use Christmas to make their feelings about President Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration. A native scene is set up in Katie Naranjo's yard except it's not your traditional nativity scene. Jesus is show in inside of an immigration and customs enforcement (ICE) "detainment box" with Joseph and Mary outside of the cage.
This is what Christmas has come to in America. pic.twitter.com/KkNagVBDp3— Beth Baumann (@eb454) December 25, 2018
According to the Naranjos, this is their way of protesting children separated from their families at the United States-Mexico Border, KUVE-TV reported.
"We're living in extraordinary times. During the holidays, people spend time with their family. Right now, there are children who can't spend time with their parents this holiday season," Naranjo explained. "We decided to show baby Jesus in a cage because he was a refugee himself."
The Naranjos are hopeful that their display will "spark a conversation."
"People are having a hard time having discussions about issues, and so we have been taking our political beliefs and putting them into our holiday displays as a way to start those conversations with people who would otherwise not be interested or listen," Naranjo explained. "If anyone is offended by our display, please know that we want to start this dialogue and have people thinking about why children are in cages."
Last year, the Naranjos had another political Christmas display. It featured President Donald Trump as the Grinch with various policies as presents.
This same couple had a political display last year as well: pic.twitter.com/WhNHaJjqO7— Beth Baumann (@eb454) December 25, 2018
And the couple has no plans to back away from their new tradition.
"As long as there are issues to talk about and a little levity to bring to the holiday season, we'll be trying to push the envelope," Naranjo explained.
So far, the couple has no plans for next year's display.
It's no surprise though, that the Naranjos decide to show their political preferences this way though. A simple Google and Facebook search shows that Katie served as President of the College Democrats of America from 2008 to 2010. She's worked on a number of Democratic campaigns, including Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign.
Katie also had one final thought for those who are offended by the display:
At it again. If you’re offended by our display, you better be offended by President Trump’s policy to separate families and place children in cages under the guise of approval of the American people. https://t.co/ICtyKkwGTZ— Katie Naranjo (@KatieNaranjo) December 22, 2018