The Statue of Liberty had a new message for those fleeing oppression abroad on Tuesday. A banner which read ‘Refugees Welcome’ in big bold letters was unfurled at its pedestal.
The banner was placed on Lady Liberty’s pedestal just before 1 p.m. New York time, according to the National Park Service. Rangers took the banner down shortly afterward.
The United States Park Police are working in order to identify the suspects who affixed the banner, which reportedly measures 20 feet by 3 feet.
Once rangers were alerted to the presence of the banner, they immediately made their way to the location and tried to assess the banner and the manner in which it was attached to the national monument. Once it was determined that the banner could be removed without damage to the pedestal, the rangers began removing it.
It is, of course, illegal to attach banners to national monuments. An activist who goes by the name David told Fusion that he was one of the people responsible.
“This was first conceived in response to what’s been called the ‘travel ban’ of the Trump administration, which I think flies in the face of the founding principals of the United States,” he told Fusion.
“I think the Statue of Liberty is our best symbol of the role that immigrants have played and continue to play every day in this country.”