After all, he added, the Holy Family was "homeless" and looking for refuge - not unlike those seeking asylum at the country's border.
Lee Curtis came up with the idea to incarcerate statues of the Holy Family to protest POTUS's zero-tolerance immigration policy and the resulting separation of families who have crossed the border illegally.
Carlsen said he does not know how long the display will be outside the church.
Last week U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw ruled that the Trump administration must reunify all children under the age of five with their undocumented migrant parents within two weeks, and all minor children age five and older within 30 days.
"Holy Scripture is clear about how we are to treat people trying to find safety for their families - we are to show mercy and welcome them", Dean and rector Joseph Carlson said in a press release.
It has not yet been said how long the display will remain, but church officials have suggested it remain up if families continue to be detained.
Curtis hopes that people seriously process the icon, and that the image (and people's attention to the story) stays with them, even after the social media fury dies down.
US President Donald Trump announced he would be ending his administration's policy of separating families at the US-Mexico border amid widespread protests. "We're so divided", Carlsen said.
"It doesn't feel like we're out campaigning", Carlsen told the Star of the clergy's most recent display. We're supposed to love our neighbors as ourselves.