On Tuesday an alt-left group called Alt Lady Liberty erected a 3ft by 20ft banner on the statue of liberty. The group placed the sign while on the observation deck by the feet of Lady Liberty. As soon as the park’s rangers were alerted to the sign it was immediately removed. According to reports from CNN and the National Park Service, the sign was displayed for about an hour.
An anonymous spokesperson for the group sent an email to the Huffington Post that said:
“the action was taken by private citizens who are concerned about the un-American turn our immigration policy has taken and decided to speak up. Immigrants and refugees make this country great. And turning away refugees, like we did to Anne Frank, does not make us great,” the Alt Lady Liberty spokesperson told HuffPost. “Refugees are welcome here, Muslims are welcome here and immigrants are welcome here.”
People and news agencies alike celebrated the act.
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) February 21, 2017
"Refugees Welcome" banner unfurled on pedestal of Statue of Liberty; United States Park Police working to identify suspects. pic.twitter.com/rweCTGK5Ws
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 21, 2017
#RefugeesWelcome is trending right now because we are a nation of immigrants.
— Whit Jones (@whitjones) February 21, 2017
It is not known what the NPS will do as a result of this. It has been reported through CNN and Huffington Post that they are investigating. However, it is no known if criminal charges will be filed against those that did this.