Jesus, Mary and Joseph as detained refugees in California nativity

The Nativity scene at the Claremont United Methodist Church in Claremont, California on December 11, 2019, depicting a scene of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in separate cages as refugees. PHOTO | FREDERIC J. BROWN | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The church hopes the display will prompt viewers to ask themselves what the family would face today if seeking refuge in the US as they did when fleeing Nazareth to Egypt to escape capture by the forces of King Herod.
  • A Trump administration "zero tolerance" policy launched in 2018 saw thousands of children separated from their parents at the border, a tactic apparently meant to frighten the families, before the government backed down.
  • Migrants including children were held in caged enclosures.



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