Immigration Activists Hang 'Refugees Welcome' Sign on Statue of Liberty
The message of the Statue of Liberty is unmistakable.
— Alt Lady Liberty (@AltStatLiberty) February 21, 2017
Immigration activists unfurled a sign that read "Refugees Welcome" from the observation deck of the Statue of Liberty on Tuesday.
The 20-foot by 3-foot red and white banner was hung near the statue's base soon after the Department of Homeland Security announced a host of immigration enforcement changes ordered by President Donald Trump, including expediting deportations of "criminal illegal immigrants" and the hiring of 15,000 immigration enforcement officials.
The group Alt Lady Liberty claimed responsibility for the banner, saying the act was a "reminder" that welcoming immigrants and refugees is integral to America's core values, according to CNN.
The sign was removed by park authorities after about an hour, which allowed photos to circulate online -- sparking a social media firestorm for and against the protest.
I believe the Statue of Liberty actually has a plaque on it that says refugees are welcome. https://t.co/xZl0y9KJY8
— Kat Godspell (@KatGodspell) February 22, 2017
— Alexandra Young (@ayoungsowk17) February 22, 2017
— Fayber Miller (@suppfortrump) February 22, 2017
'Refugees Welcome' banner illegally placed on Statue of Liberty, who does that happen? Immigrats were legally here https://t.co/PtmBWyWFJS
— The TRUMP Effect (@Truth_Lost13) February 22, 2017
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