Public Continues to Recoil From Trump’s Attack on Immigrants


Christ Church Cathedral is seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. This week, it placed statues of the Holy Family, usually used at Christmas, inside of a hurricane fence cage on the side of the Cathedral. With the words “Every Family Is Holy” placed nearby, the parish made the point that policies of family separation and prolonged detention of children in cages violate basic moral precepts.

Stephen Carlsen, dean and rector of Christ Church Cathedral, told reporters that “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…The Holy Family today calls us to stand with all families seeking safety and a future for their children. We will not stand by while children are being taken from their parents, and families are being taken from our communities and congregations.”

A new poll from Quinnipiac indicates that Americans generally are turning away from Trump’s immigration policies. Only 36% approve of his policies around the children arriving at the Southern border. Among 18 to 34 year-olds, support drops to 29%.

The respondents were asked the following question:

In one word, how do you feel about children being separated from their parents at the border? (Numbers are not percentages. Figures show the number of times each response was given. This table reports only words that were mentioned at least five times.)

sad             79
terrible        67
bad             53
wrong           47
disgusted       45
horrible        39
unfortunate     37
horrified       22
awful           18
disapprove      18
heartbroken     17
immoral         17
inhumane        15
no              15
horrific        14
angry           13
appalled        13
disgraceful     13
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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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