Article By Jeremiah Jones
On the heels of Trump’s increase in deportations of undocumented immigrants and his unconstitutional “Muslim ban”, activists scaled the base of the Statue of Liberty on Tuesday to unfurl a massive banner reading “Refugees Welcome” across the observation deck.
The banner, measuring about 3 feet by 20 feet, was unfurled atop the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty just before 1 p.m., according to the National Park Service. It was affixed by nylon rope to the wall of the public observation deck at the base of the statue, according to NBC New York. Rangers took it down more than an hour later because attaching banners to national monuments is prohibited.
In an email to local media, the collective of activists, which calls itself Alt Lady Liberty, said “We have no formal group — just private citizens who felt like we needed to say something about the America we believe in.”
One organizer added, “Speaking personally—my grandparents met in a refugee camp after WWII, and my mother immigrated. So this touches close to home. But almost every American knows an immigrant or a refugee. We wanted to send a reminder about America when we’re at our best—the country that’s a beacon of freedom to the world, built by immigrants. Walling off countries or entire religions is against our values.”
Alt Lady Liberty continued in its email, “Almost all Americans have descendants from somewhere else. Immigrants and refugees make this country great. And turning away refugees, like we did to Anne Frank, does not make us great. Refugees are welcome here, Muslims are welcome here, and immigrants are welcome here.”
Trump’s “Muslim ban” has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court, but rather than accept the court decision, the Trump administration has invented fake terrorist attacks: The Bowling Green Massacre, Atlanta, and Sweden. None of these attacks happened, they were fake news invented by a deceptive Trump administration in an attempt to increase hatred towards a minority group.