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.

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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.

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