It’s a crime to attach banners to U.S. national monuments, but that didn’t stop activists who decided to place a large “Refugees Welcome” banner onto the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty Tuesday afternoon.
According to a report from The Hill, rangers from the National Park Service took the 20-foot-by-3-foot banner down without damaging the monument.
Park Police are still reported to be looking for suspects in the crime, but the news website Fusion said they spoke to one of the activists, who was identified only as “David.” According to the report, David decided to put the banner on the statue after President Trump’s instituted his travel ban.
“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, adding, “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.”
An initial executive order signed by Trump on Jan. 27th stopped U.S. nationals coming from seven countries that sponsor terrorism from entering the country for a several months and suspended the U.S. refugee program for four months while Syrian refugees were barred indefinitely. That order was blocked by a federal judge last month, so Trump is expected to sign a new executive order, which will also stop travel from a number of dangerous countries.
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